Paris you haughty bitch

Haughty Paris - not you, the city! (courtesy Megan Cullen)

Haughty Paris - not you, the city! (courtesy Megan Cullen)

It’s not often you hear “Paris is a haughty bitch” in reference to the city and not the celebrity. But why not?

An Australian friend who’s recently spent time in Paris – again the city, not the celebrity – came to this conclusion after a brief visit to Berlin and London.

She’s been in Europe with her partner Reko, a journal-artist here on an arts scholarship to further his stencil work (so far he’s put work up on the Berlin Wall, in Brick Lane, and soon, Belleville).

“Paris, she knows you’re going to come to see her, no matter what she does. She doesn’t have to try to be likeable,” my friend explained. This impression may have been tainted by the fact she’d spent the day in Montmartre.

By way of comparison she offered Berlin:

“Berlin is like a reformed con. The people are really open, friendly, they want to push a good impression on you. You know it had a bad history, but it’s changed and it wants you to know it.”

I didn’t ask her the impression she had of London. But if I could choose a personage for the English capital, I would probably suggest it’s like your alcoholic uncle at Christmas: It’s drunken, it’s good fun, and at certain moments, also very touching.

Paris: You can't buy her love, but you can buy the t-shirt (megancullenphoto.blogspot.com)

Paris: You can't buy her love, but you can buy the t-shirt (megancullenphoto.blogspot.com)

PS, Megan is now living (and working) in Berlin – she’s keeping her blog regularly updated.

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