People Watching in Paris is one of the best reasons to visit the City of Light.
Let’s take a look at the good, the bad and the downright hilarious People Watching in Paris. It’s more than just fashion that draws me in, it’s an attitude, a walk, or an expression. One cannot simply sit down at a café sipping Bordeaux or hot chocolate and ignore the comings and goings or the drama that unfolds itself everyday on the streets of Paris.
We were seated outside at Café de Paris minding our own business…no, who am I kidding? We were checking out the most fascinating dude donning the multi-colored scarf standing directly across from our bistro table. The dude is sporting a gorgeous soft ringlets hairstyle and showing off his perfectly straight white pearly chicklets. He smiled with his eyes through his retro wide-framed aka Charles Nelson Reilly sunglasses. However, the most interesting feature of his wardrobe were his purple shoes! Fashion critic I am not, professional people watcher I AM and he won the prize for the most fashion forward guy we spotted on this trip. He was very friendly and posed for me. Thanks for making our trip complete!
Other times we happen upon legit photo shoots happening and can’t resist stopping whatever we are doing to snap a quick pic like the guy above. No clue what he was selling, but I’ll take two!
In the span of an hour, we saw loving couples arm in arm floating by unaware that anyone else exists and observed a solo person waiting for mates who were late to meet up with her to catch up on the latest gossip. Some encounters were comprised of seemingly odd “couples” seated together and we imagined what on earth their tie to one another could possibly be. Some of the best of the best we encounter comes from the restaurant scene, the boutiques and shopkeepers.
We complimented a waiter on his lovely bright pink shirt with patterned collar and asked for a snapshot. Without hesitation he struck a fashion model pose and quickly disappeared inside. We went on with our delicious meal only to have a short interruption when he reappeared pointing to his shoes. He had actually gone inside and changed his shoe laces to pink to match his shirt. What a great, fun-loving man!
Paris is full of interesting (huge understatement) people. Sometimes I introduce myself to these characters and hand them my business card and ask them if I may have them pose for a photo and other times, I just snap away for fear of missing them pass by. In any case, I hope you enjoy these everyday Parisians as they make their way through the City of Light. People watching in Paris truly is the BEST activity of all.
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