Gastronomy of the Eye (Balzac)
I think only the Europeans understand what it means to promenade. Every day you can see crowds of people just strolling up and down the street regardless of the season.
Sportswear and tracksuit pants are a rare sight because you never know who you could bump into and the last thing you want is someone thinking you are from the village. This mentality suits me well, after all I’m the girl who never goes jogging without a hair ribbon and lipstick.
Summer promenading is probably the most fun, the coffee clubs have seats outdoors and its not rare to see crowds of people chucking back espressos and blowing smoke rings while facing out to the street people watching.
What is so wonderful is that in the 19th century the perfect word was infused with richer meaning to describe the promenaders- Flâneur. Of course, it hails from France and it’s etymology is rooted in the boulevards of the Haussmanisation of Paris and the creation of a metropolis landscape.
make sure you are dressed a little flamboyantly to cut through the crowdwalk and observe with a balance of curiosity and nonchalanceleave the Anglo Saxon environment (ideally get yourself a ticket to Paris)