I went to Paris for the first time last week. I would like to live there please.
I understand why people love it so much. It is lovely to look at! Much nicer than mostly-grey, boring London. The buildings in Paris all look lovely and look like they fit together, it feels like people have gone into a lot of effort to keep it looking nice and keep its character. Plus you are never very far away from a famous monument, gallery or beautiful garden.
I also noticed how it seemed like a great city to just pass the time on your own. There are people sat on their own in cafes or gardens or by the river on their own, reading a book, eating some food, smoking or just thinking. It was very refreshing to be in a city where it was so normal to pass the time by yourself in a public place. I am sure there are other places like this, but in the places I have lived it is not very common.
Not only do people seem to enjoy their own company, but they enjoy each others company too! The restaurants and cafes are also full of people talking. I already knew that in France people tended to take a longer time over their food, and I like it! When I am eating out, it is usually with people I enjoy spending time with so I quite like it to last a while.
I usually miss England a bit when I go to another country, even if it is a lovely one. I know how things work in England and know what behaviour people expect. When I was in Paris I found myself thinking “I wish I lived somewhere like this”, which has not really happened before.