France On Instagram Vs. France In Real Life

We ain’t that glamourous.

1. Paris on Instagram:

The city of ~love~

2. Paris in real life:

The city of ~tourists~

3. French culture on Instagram:

So much culture, so many museums! Everyone is a philosopher and wears suspenders.

4. French culture in real life:

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You know what French people actually like? Appalling comedies that make fun of our lower-middle class and rely mostly on lowbrow, racist, sexist, and classist jokes. Camping, with this guy as the main character, is a perfect example. Somehow, it managed to get funded and to sell millions of tickets.

5. French food on Instagram:

Tasty croissants and colorful macarons everywhere!

6. French food in real life:

Butter and ham sandwiches all day every day.

7. The French Riviera on Instagram:

Blue skies and sea as far as the eye can see.

8. The French Riviera in real life:

Going for a swim? Try to avoid the plastic bags, jellyfish, and used tampons.

9. Galeries Lafayette on Instagram:

Lights, gorgeous dresses, and fancy purses!

10. Galeries Lafayette in real life:

The 10th circle of hell.

11. French street style on Instagram:

Everyone is a model.

12. French street style in real life:

Pretty sure this isn’t Chanel.

13. French thinkers on Instagram:


14. French thinkers in real life:

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Camus was great. Now all we have is Bernard-Henri Levy, a pseudo-philosopher who likes to pose among Libyan ruins in a fancy suit.

15. French apartments on Instagram:

So bourgeois!

16. French apartments in real life:


Unless you are an heir to the French monarchy, you’ll most likely get an overpriced eight-floor walk-up with no bathroom.

17. Northern France on Instagram:

Old, picturesque cities.

18. Northern France in real life:

Old, picturesque coalfields.

19. Deauville on Instagram:

Such a romantic little town.

20. Deauville in real life:

Gloomy beaches where no one ever swims because it’s too cold.

21. French wine on Instagram:

So fancy!

22. French wine in real life:

Any 2 euro bottle will do.

23. French metro on Instagram:

So quaint!

24. French metro in real life:

There is nothing more French than being enveloped by the smell of pee and sweat on your 7 a.m. commute.

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