Thursday, October 20, 2005

Didn't Look American Today

Shoes: black leather, flat, comfortable.
Jeans: fitted
Top: black
Coat: white trench
Scarf: silk, black and white
Bag: the Dooney
Hair: in a twist

Weird looks or English spoken to me (before I spoke): none.



At 8:27 AM, October 21, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is an American look too. Not all Americans wear sweat shirts and baggy jeans and Nike shoes.

At 3:33 PM, October 22, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Mrs. B!! I jsut wanted to say hi. This is your cousin from Arizona. I hope you and the hubby are doing great and enjoying Paris. I am enjoying reading about your adventures. Take care and say hi to Mr. B

At 7:27 PM, October 23, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree.
We don't all wear baggy pants and sweatshirts
Contrary to French public opinion Americans do have some sense of style.

At 4:19 AM, October 24, 2005, Blogger La Rêveuse said...

Really? Gosh, when I lived there, absolutely EVERYONE wore Green Bay Packers sweatshirts, baggy levi's and Reeboks. And they were all Republicans who loved George Bush and every single American I have ever known in my life drank nothing but Coke.

Duh, guys. I've been there--32 years in fact. Just commenting on my experiences here. Don't get your panties in a bunch.

After all, every single french woman "doesn't get fat" and all the french people walk around smelling of BO, wearing berets, eating baguettes, and laughing like Maurice Chevalier. Right? ;)

At 5:52 PM, October 25, 2005, Blogger afoos said...

I've actually noticed an interesting trend, especially in French women, this past year- they are dressing more and more American-like, especially in summer dress i.e. flip flops etc... What does annoy me, though, is Americans who come here sporting their USA T'shirts, Sports paraphanelia, etc... To me, that's what typically American is with no effort at all to try and fit in with another country's values. When we travel to a Middle Eastern country, we are going to adapt to their custom of covering the head, so what not adapt to France's dress too? But, I can't escape it either, and some of my dress is made 100 percent in the USA!

At 6:01 PM, October 25, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You forgot to let us know what color underpants you wore!
I also do not wear baggy pants sweats and tennis shoes.
Yes, a person should try to adapt somewhat to the French culture, but don't be ashamed, or try to hide the fact that you are an American. Be proud of it!

At 4:35 AM, October 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good grief afoos. Why on earth would that bother you. Of course tourist from any nation should respect culture and values (ie. going topless in the middle east) but I could not imagine being offended by the things that offend you. How is wearing a sports teams emblem against "values". I would never expect a chinese tourist to come here and wear what I wear. I do expect tourist regardless of where they are from or which country they visit to respect the culture, but to expect them to blend in is unrealistic. Give tourists (all tourists) a break. As long as they are dressing in an appropriate way as not to offend cultural or religious sensitivities what's the problem? Also don't assume because someone is wearing a NY Yankees baseball cap they are American. I see quite a few a baseball caps in London with team names on them and most of them are not worn on American heads.
There is nothing I dislike more is stereotypes whether it be about the English,French,Americans,Germans,Italians......

BTW, I somtimes wear baggy sweat pants and atheletic shoes and I'm not American. Ever try to run after children at a park in high heels, a slilk scarf? To be perfectly honest I'm not overly vain. I dress in clothes I feel are comfortable for the occasion and if people don't like that well, that's more their problem then mine.

At 4:54 AM, October 26, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other thing I wanted to say is I think sometimes people try their best but sometimes they make mistakes and it's not meant to offend. I always give tourists the benefit of the doubt. I remember when I made a mistake in Japan and my hosts understood, at least I hope so. I hope they didn't think I was puposely trying to offend or thought i was just some ignorant tourist who had no respect for thier customs. I may be in the minority but I like and appreciate tourists and always go out of my way to be kind. After all not only are they representing their country but I am representing mine. I want them to go home with a good impression.


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