"The art of creatively immersing ones self in another culture in order to have an experience that will at best teach you something new about life, and at worst be bloody good fun."
Immerse yourself in Paris!
SUGGESTIONS FOR IMMERSIVE TRAVEL EXPERIENCES IN Paris
You can't go home without:
Breakfast has to be: Croissants and marmalade, washed down with a big bowl of hot.
Go Salsa Dancing, Paris loves Salsa!
Catch some live gypsy jass in a restaurant (click your fingers instead of clapping).
Be artistic: Set up an easel at La Place de la Tertre and paint a portrait of your loved one in a cubist style.
See Paris from high up. Go up the Tour Montparnasse builing
Rent a bike and ride down the Champs Elysees wearing a yellow top pretending to win La Tour de France. Mind the aggressive traffic.
Eat dinner in the dark
Drink in the style of Stein, Miller and Hemingway at the Closerie des Lilas.
Drink Pastis, try a Perroquet or a Tomate as an aperitif then move on to Champagne
Drink Champagne at the beginning of the meal and at the end. Drink wine during.
Finish the whole thing off with a Cognac and some fine cheeses. Seek out Brie de Meaux Aoc, the cheese of kings. Favourite of Chalemagne and the patron cheese of Paris.
Charade: Some suggestions:
Marcel Marceau moves - Walking against the wind, the cage, the mask maker, tug of war, walking up and down stairs
Do the Amelie experiences: Go to the Deux Moulins, go to the Sacre Coeur, steal a friends teddy bear and pretend it's gone on a world tour. Leave a strip of passport photos in the machine.
Have a Gigi experience, sing thank Heaven for Little Girls randomly :
Thank heaven for little girls
for little girls get bigger every day!
Thank heaven for little girls
they grow up in the most delightful way!
Those little eyes so helpless and appealing one
day will flash and send you crashin' thru the ceilin'
Take in a Cabaret. Expensive tourist traps? Yes! But why the hell not!? If you're going to do it, SPEND MONEY. Have dinner, buy Champagne and tip relentlessly or the staff will not be very nice. Remember: TIP = To insure promptness.
Going Glam Paris style at Le Cabaret Bar or Hotel Costes. If you've got the money, the fashion sense and the right crowd who knows, you might even get in.
Do the lovers stroll along the Seine. Snog on a bridge. Recreate The Last Tango in Paris.
Eat frogs legs and snails!!!!
George Orwell's Paris: Go Down and Out in Paris, sit in a Café and order bread and onion soup and pretend it's the first thing you've eaten in weeks. For an authentic feeling, skip breakfast and lunch and eat it for dinner.
Go up the Notre Dame Cathedral and do 'The Bells, The Bells' (sneak up a hideous mask and be accompanied by a gypsy girl)
Do the whole Ultra French Wine Tasting Thing at a restaurant.
- Check the label fastidiously
- Ask if it needs to be decanted
- Squeeze the cork
- Smell the course
- Take the glass by the stem, peer at it like a jeweller inspecting a rough diamond
- Stick your nose in the glass and take a long deep sniff
- Take a sip and gargle it, then spit it back in the glass
- Pause as if contemplating the after taste
- You may then indicate to the waiter that the bottle is acceptable (or not)
Grab some paints, a brush and a small sketch pad and do a painting of the Seine in an Impressionist Style
Purchase some modelling clay and improvise using anything at hand to create a surrealist sculpture of the dreams you've had in the hotel.
Challenge someone to a bohemian sword duel over an argument about art.
Kiss EVERYONE you meet (on both cheeks)
Smoke a Gauloise by candlelight
Catch some Paris jazz in the Jewish Quarter.