La Coop: Beaufort Cheese Cooperative in Paris
It amuses me to see outfits that promise to let folks “experience Paris like a local!” While there’s lots too see and do here as a visitor, I wonder why so many people want to come and experience the more mundane aspects of life in a city, such as calling the gas company to find out why your bill is 300% over what it is supposed to be, haggling with cashiers to ring up the item at the advertised discounted price, or deal with a forest’s-worth of paperwork, when they could be exploring world-class museums, dining in historic bistros, visiting amazing chocolate shops, and tasting sublime cheeses all day? When I’m on vacation, I want to be on vacation, thanks. But every so often, I try being a tourist is my own city. . . .