Paris insight: ‘Banal Berets’

Paris is a city of so many stories: historic, red-letter events and intimate personal occasions. They’re woven together in the fabric of the city of light. In this new series, you’re invited to indulge your curiosity with a spot of virtual people-watching and creative insight into the lives of Parisians.

Join us to discover the candid, quiet and sometimes comedic moments of everyday humanity in Paris.
See how the daily grind takes on an intriguingly beautiful quality against the backdrop of the beloved capital.

Thanks to our favourite Parisian Instagram accounts.

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Paris insight – ‘Banal Berets’

“Banal Berets” – When the weekend arrives Paris overflows with
visitors who transform the sidewalks of
certain arrondissements into impenetrable
rivers of selfie poses, lip-locked lovers, stumbling
hen parties and freshly minted berets.
Bienvenue tout le monde, how can we blame you?

It’s exhilaration for some and exhaustion
for others…especially locals who must host visiting
friends, as would seem to be the scenario
of this captured moment.

Two giddy gals gaily relive their full day, flipping
through phone photos and sporting silly
souvenirs whilst an exasperated friend idly longs for the
return of the workweek and normalcy.
“Berets,” she thinks, “…really?”


Banal Berets – Meet Kevin Doolan from @midlifeinparis Instagram – merci mille fois!

Parisian insights:
Street photography from our favourite Parisian Instagram accounts accompanied by observations of people & places in the city of light.

Do you relate to this fusion of image & insight in the city of light? In what way? Let us know in the comments!

 Image credits:
1. Banal Berets by Kevin Doolan. Via Instagram.

About the Contributor

Judy MacMahon

Experience FRANCE beyond the CLICHÉ with MyFrenchLife is for Curious Savvy Francophiles wherever you are. Meet Francophiles in France, online, and/or wherever you live. You’re very welcome to join us - Judy MacMahon -

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