Travel is an excellent opportunity to learn. About yourself. About your travelling companions. And of course, about the country you travel to.
Over the years, I’ve come to see the French culture as my ultimate mentor.
I’ve learned so much over the years and sometimes it surprises me just how many of these lessons I’ve incorporated into my everyday life.
Given how quickly this list wrote itself, I’m pretty sure that there are way more than 20 things I’ve learned from the French over the years, but today I thought I’d share the top 20, just to get the conversation started.
20 Things I’ve Learned From The French
- To eat well.
- To eat late.
- That there is wine to match every meal.
- Cheese should be served after a meal, not before.
- To say yes to macarons.
- That everything is ok in moderation.
- Skinny jeans, boots and a blazer can take you anywhere.
- When in doubt, wear black.
- That French lingerie is worth the price.
- Flats win over heels.
- Scarves are essential.
- So are scented candles.
- Perfume is for every single day.
- Good skin beats good makeup. Take care of your skin.
- But don’t underestimate the power of a good red lipstick.
- Big lives can be lived in small living spaces.
- Neutral colours are your friend – in decor, in clothing and on nails.
- Respect history and architecture.
- Age is no barrier.
- Family and friends are everything.
And finally, one more lesson. There is always time to sit at a window and watch the world go by!
I know so many of you spend way more time in France than we do – in fact, some of you are lucky enough to live there! I’d love for you to share the lessons you’ve learned from the French over the years in the comments section below.
And until next time – au revoir.