I may have mentioned before, but walking around Paris you will realize that Parisians are unforgivably, unashamedly (and if you ask me, completely tastelessly) in love with their dogs.
So much so, in fact, that restaurants are more likely to have dog bowls than high chairs available for their preferred half-sized patrons.
We’ve seen this trend everywhere. Things that are politely stifled in America – dogs in restaurants, bosoms in public, displays of affection in church, unsolicited opinions anywhere – these things are the culture of France.
And babies in any given situation just aren’t part of that culture. Kids go to school, le parc, or are at home. Period.
Imagine my surprise when my church group was at Place des Vosges and the French parc ranger approached our group and said “You know beers aren’t allowed. We’re closing. Cute baby.”
Wait- beer ISN’T allowed but BABIES ARE?!?
It was a beautiful day. With beautiful babies, delicious beer, and I sure, a few dogs.
À la prochaine…