The Anti-Tourist Travel Rules

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Run an Errand

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I could have waited till I got home from Paris to have someone fix the zipper on my pants, but where’s the fun in that? The tailor in the Marais district and I could barely communicate, but we laughed a lot while trying. One can only wonder what a bystander would’ve made of our gesturing when he insisted that I button my pants before I zip, even making me demonstrate that I understood. The interaction was all so much more quintessentially French than, say, a dinner cruise on the Seine.

The Anti-Tourist Travel Rules

Run an Errand

I could have waited till I got home from Paris to have someone fix the zipper on my pants, but where’s the fun in that? The tailor in the Marais district and I could barely communicate, but we laughed a lot while trying. One can only wonder what a bystander would’ve made of our gesturing when he insisted that I button my pants before I zip, even making me demonstrate that I understood. The interaction was all so much more quintessentially French than, say, a dinner cruise on the Seine.

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