Paris Undressed: Dating, romance and intrigue in the city of love
When it comes to finding love in France, where do you even begin to look for a date?
When I last returned from my annual writing trip to Paris I was bombarded with questions around whether I had been lucky in finding love. Unfortunately for me, I had not. Equally as fortunate, however, was the fact that it hadn’t even crossed my mind. Receiving a waiter’s phone number on the back of a coaster is one thing; acting on it is another.
Dating itself has never been high on my agenda in France, seemingly too preoccupied with falling in love all over again with their freshly baked baguettes.
Where does an expat go for a date around here?
Admittedly, as someone who loves dating and meeting new people, curiosity has recently got the better of me. How does an expat girl (or guy) go about finding a date in the city of love itself?
There’s online dating which works if you’re short of time or more of the shy type – but if sitting in a room filtering through profiles isn’t your cup of Mariage Frères, what are your other options? For the romantics amongst us absolutely nothing beats a chance encounter; idling over cheese at the local fromagerie as you both reach for a wedge of chaource at the same time – sigh.
Great (French) romantic expectations
But really – does this ever happen? Going on the amount of stories we hear about friends of friends who met their life partner waiting for a bus or walking across a pedestrian crossing, it must. Although in this situation not only do you need to be conscious that someone is even there in the first place (I am incredibly unobservant) there also, at some point, needs to be an exchange of glances, words and then, a date. In other words, you need to take a chance.
Giving love a shot
In today’s world when we are so busy and consumed by schedule, are we even open to giving love a chance? Maybe the key to romantic chance encounters is being open to them in the first place. It’s either that, or spending more time at the fromagerie.
While I’m willing to try both (one can never complain about having too much cheese), a girl simply can’t sit at a bus stop all day waiting for something to happen – so the hunt begins here.
Dating expats and romantics unite; it’s time to find love in Paris. Join me each month for tasty bites of dating, romance, relationships and love in France.