From what I read and hear, visitors like the way the French have a natural capacity to enjoy the small things in life and raise it to the level of art. It is also a question of pace, being able to slow down and savor each moment. It seems that we often times prefer elegance to efficiency. Our way of life certainly has to do with Heritage, culinary, historical, art, wine and bubbles heritage... When traveling in France, you keep coming across villages or towns that remind you of a wine, a cheese, a regional dish and it ends up sounding like an insidious mantra.
One thing is sure, leisure in France is a serious business !
Discover the French art de vivre
LEISURE IN FRANCE IS A SERIOUS BUSINESS !
HOW TO DEFINE FRENCH ART DE VIVRE WHEN YOU ARE FRENCH ?
HOW TO ORDER YOUR CUP OF COFFEE ?
The French drink espresso, it can be "noisette" - with a dash of hot milk, "café serré" - short and strong or "café crème" with steamed milk, "allongé" is the Italian lungo. Coffee to go is not something you will find easily.
To conclude lunch you may want to try "Café gourmand" which has now become utterly Parisian. In this marriage of coffee and sweets, your expresso comes aesthetically surrounded by a creative assortment of a few bite-sized desserts. Parisians are tempted by the alluring prospect of “sinning” just a little bit by cracking for the inoffensive café gourmand which seems to be less expensive, less fattening, quicker to get and offering the opportunity to sample several little desserts.
ICONIC FRENCH PASTRY CHEFS
Paris city of sweets ! A patisserie craze has hit the country, new "patisseries de luxe" are sprouting up in the French capital and among the new generation of patissiers, some have become celebrity chefs. Pierre Hermé, Philippe Conticini (Pâtisserie des rêves) , Claire Damon (des gâteaux et du pain), Arnaud Larher, Sébastien Dégardin, Nathalie Robert et Didier Mathray (Pain de Sucre),Sadaharu Aoki, Carl Marletti, Christophe Adam (Eclairs de génie).
Suggestion : an Ispahan & Champagne moment in your hotel room
Picture on the left side features the famous Ispahan the signature macaron from Pierre Hermé. It also exists in a cake size format , a combination of rose, raspberry and litchi flavours, an instant rapture... Champagne is just the perfect match :-))
PARIS IS A JAZZ TOWN
Although jazz is American, France gave it its respectability. Just after the war, Paris embraced this diverse music and breathed a little of its elegance into it. In the aftermath of the Great War, the nightclubs of the French capital were full of Afro-American musicians who also fought in the war and remained in Europe to enjoy the good life. From across the Atlantic, they brought new musical trends, including jazz and swing that highlighted improvisation and jam sessions. Jazz became associated with the United States, freedom and the resistance. In 1945, it was the sound of liberation. Our country now hosts countless festivals. The most well-known jazz clubs are the three on the Rue des Lombards: Sunset/Sunside, Le Baiser Sale and Le Duc des Lombards. Gypsy jazz is France’s own contribution to the genre. Atelier Charonne, near Bastille, hosts some of the best guitarists nightly, with jam sessions Sunday.