It funny,, i read this forum,, and several others,, about Paris , but also about other destinations,, and one thing I notice alot of in posts about Paris that I do not notice much,, if at some destination forums other then Paris,, is this burning need to "live like a local" .. My position is that its impossible to really live like a local,, unless you actually , live, work , go to school, pay taxes etc.. as a local,, that even renting an apartment and making your own dinner is not "living like a local". Hey we ski holiday every year, we rent a chalet,, we cook,, I still would never consider that "living like a local" ( hey I don't have to shovel the snow now do I ,, lol )
Why do people often post about "living like a local" in Paris,, but never in Hawaii, or Australia , or Cayman Islands,, etc.. is it some sort of "run away and live in a garret in Paris like the starving artists did in the day" fantasy,, or what,, I just do not get it,, but I do see a definate preference to do so in Paris more then most places,, what hold does Paris have on our psyhces ( sorry sp) that makes us( well some of you, not me, lol) want to shop, cook , clean etc on holiday.. ??
( ps ,, this does not apply to families with youngsters who just end up renting an apartment and cooking cause its easier for kids,, those people are usually trying to save money and sanity ,, not live like a local)