Postcards from Paris, Part II

There’s something so delightful about watching people go about their everyday lives in a foreign place. It’s a window into another way of life, a glimpse into the routines of strangers on the street.

Fish market (photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)

People-watching in Paris is particularly interesting, and the best way to do it is to frequent the places occupied by local Parisians to really get a sense of their lives.

A Parisian take on a biker cafe! (photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)

There are the bistros and cafes, of course, and the late-night bars and brasseries, but there are also the parks and public spaces that attract people from all walks of life when the weather is good. Even in the chill of February, people gathered in gardens to sit and catch up with others, or even just to catch up on a book or the day’s newspaper.

Vibrant nightlife on the Rue des Abbesses (photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)
Getting out even on a chilly day (photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)
Dressed for the occasion (photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)

It feels like life in Paris is made to be seen and celebrated, no matter the time of year. It’s fun to speculate on the stories of the strangers we see, watching as they’re greeted by friends as they arrive at their table, or as they rush from a market with a sack overflowing with produce and a bottle of wine, or as they lean back in their chairs seated outside a cafe, espresso cup in hand as they watch the world go by. Maybe they’re watching us watch them!

Do you love people-watching when you travel?

Things really heat up when the work day ends (photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)
Ready for business! (photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)
Strolling the grounds of the Louvre (photo credit: canuckrunningamuck)

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