I took the kids and we went to the Parc des Buttes Chaumont, which is a huge park in the north east of Paris. We met my sister, her man, and their baby, and had a picnic there. The park was growded with people enjoying the sun, it felt like holidays.
And really, doesn't it feel good to see happy people all around you? In this city where people are said to be so stressed, agressive, and always in a rush, I think that in fact Parisians are people who know how to have fun and enjoy their free time. Yes we get upset quickly. Yes we're not always very patient (to say the least). Yes, we speak our minds more than we should and are not always very diplomatic. But still. We are beautiful when we all sit down on the grass at the park between friends and/or family and talk for hours over food, cigarettes or a drink (or our Iphones). You won't see greasy papers everywhere at the end of the day, you won't see people fighting, you won't see people being shy or cold to eachothers. The kids play with water, the parents let them do, then scream at them for being all wet, then forgive them because it's not a big deal after all, the lovers take a walk, the old people sit on benches and watch the incessant ballet of families passing by and the colorful dresses of the women, along with the cute fashionable clothes of the little girls and the
It may take time for non-Parisians to get to understand us well, and a lot of foreigners might get annoyed by our ways, but I love being a Parisian and I think we just looked great today.