Paris, France – I Hope To See You Again, My Friend

Every Cliche is True

Well, here I sit with a coffee, back home in the desert of Doha, Qatar where the sounds of the Muezzin’s call to prayer have replaced the sounds of Cathedral bells tolling across the heavens of Paris.

I witnessed all the cliches I was aware of, of Paris:

  • People sitting along outside tables at busy cafes wearing berets and scarves while drinking espresso or wine and smoking.
  • People wearing scarves carrying baguettes.
  • Woman dressed impeccably, wearing a scarf while riding a bicycle with leek leaves sticking out of a wicker basket attached to the handle bars.
  • Men wearing a scarf, stylish shoes with jeans and carrying a fresh bouquets of tulips.
  • Parisians seen to be the epitome of style.
  • Everyone seemed to smoke. So much so, Michael and I (who are repulsed by smoking) wanted to smoke, because the French make it look so sexy, so appealing.
  • Kissing! People kissing everywhere!
  • Sex, love, romance permeates the air.  
  • A woman can’t help but feel sexy in Paris!
  • It’s difficult to explain, but there is something intoxicating about Paris.  
  • The food was delicious with wine, champagne and Viennese coffee.

Qatari’s also love Paris, and bring small bits of this city to Doha such as the cafe Paul, located in Landmark Mall. I frequent this cafe most times I am shopping. The cappuccinos are delicious, as are the menu items and fresh pastries.

I enjoyed the splashes of yellow and green with springtime bringing flowers and trees blooming with color.

I enjoyed seeing crows. There are not any types of crows in Qatar, that I am aware of.

I enjoyed seeing people openly walk their dogs along busy streets. Keeping dogs as pets are considered haram in Islam, dogs can be kept for hunting or guarding only. Owning a dog in Qatar is tricky. We brought our dogs with us, but cannot openly walk them outside our compound.

I enjoyed wine shops, everywhere! There is only one store in all of Qatar – owned by the government – that sells alcohol and pork in this Muslim country. You need to apply for a license to shop there.

I hope to see you again, my friend.

Aah… Paris…

S, 🇫🇷

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Paris, France – I Hope To See You Again, My Friend

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