11 Replies to “Favorite Blogs #5: Paris”

  1. paris, budapest, bangkok, phnom penh and london are some of my favorite cities. Paris is probably the best so far, just for the food!

  2. Noted. I found the reverse when it comes to Paris. I think the French are much more xenophobic than the Dutch -- most places I went to did not have a plethora of mixed cultures in Paris. There was a fair bit of multiculturalism. Of all the xenophobic European cities, nothing beats Rome, hands down. That myth about Italian men "loving" black women is just that -- a myth.

    1. MayDarling: We will agree to disagree across all fronts. I can preface your comments as YOUR experiences with these cities. I have a friend who lives in Rome and is doing just fine! Every individual male MUST be evaluated, so making blanket statements serves no purpose, but to discourage other black women. I can go to my home town in New York State and find men who don't "like" me if I'm LOOKING for it. When we expect the best and act accordingly we will draw pleasant experiences, while discarding the less than pleasant ones. There are no absolutes in life except death…and taxes.

  3. As much as I love Paris, I prefer Amsterdam. The vibe is much more relaxed as a whole. The Dutch (despite, or maybe because of their rampant colonialism) seem to be more tolerant of other races, etc, than the French. Also, the Dutch tend to be very highly educated and witty, regardless of their social/economic status. Most speak at least two languages fluently and they are very literate. Even the girl who ran the nearby dry cleaners read Sartre when there were no customers. Contrast that with most USians -- we read People magazine, Bossip & TMZ during a down moment. Amsterdam was a real 'a-ha' moment for me when I saw how well people live there.

    1. MayDarling: Having experienced both cities, I prefer Paris, but enjoy the coffeehouse culture (minus the buds) of Amsterdam. I also find the Dutch rather zenophobic — well actually I think that will increase across the board for all Western European countries with the rising tide of immigration that takes place and the EU policies. People want to preserve their culture and maintain dominance and are much more upfront about it.

  4. Paris is amazing. Amsterdam is better -- the Dutch (for all their colonizing) are much more tolerant of other people than the French.

    1. You are free of course to write your own posts about your favorite cities. Nowhere have I stated a preference. I'm providing information and resources for those who find it useful. You may discard the rest.

    1. Ann: Welcome and yes, I enjoy many cities. I do try to provide educational, informative and entertaining resources for the audience. I won't give away all of my favorite sites, but the ones listed are very professionally moderated and higher-caliber.

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