- A cheese plate is a customary part of a meal at a restaurant in Paris, in between the main course and dessert.
- The main course isn’t referred to as the entrée; instead, the word entrée actually refers to the appetizer eaten beforehand.
- The waiter/waitress doesn’t come by with the check unless you request it. In fact, it is considered rude to bring the check to your table before you are ready to leave.
- Also, the waiter/waitress doesn’t come by to refill your water glass either; instead, they leave a bottle of water at the table for you to refill your self.
- Escargot (snails) are not the only exotic food you can try in Paris. Frog legs, beef tongue, and sheep testicles are found on many restaurant menus.
- When it comes to the water closet (which is how Parisians almost exclusively refer to the bathroom), the toilet is often in a separate room from the sink.
- Some of the water fountains around the city flow with sparkling water.
- It is rare for a building to be equipped with central air conditioning. Even though the summers can get really hot!
- It is illegal to not recycle your garbage (although, no word on how much this law is really enforced).
- The number of feral cats on the streets. If any American city had this amount of homeless pets, every animal shelter would be in great business!
Matthew is a Fall 2021 Paris student from The New School.
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