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    43 Reasons Studying Abroad In Paris Destroys You For Life

    Nonnnnn, je ne regrette rien!

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    1. Because after French bread, no other bread will ever be edible again.

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    Heaven in your mouth for just a euro... Oh, Paris!

    2. Because now all other languages sound pretty crap.

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    Why are you speaking at me in such harsh tones? Oh, that's just English?

    3. Because your mère d'accueil was a casual gourmet chef.

    And when you begged her to teach you her ways, she just smiled, shrugged, and said, "Ah, mais c'est trop simple."

    4. Because every moment really did feel like a scene out of a movie.

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    Whether it was a film by Godard, Allen, or Tarantino depended on the weather.

    5. Because how can you go back to two-buck Chuck after drinking French wine for months?

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    Bordeaux at every meal. I'm ruined.

    6. Because the friends you make while studying in Paris are friends you'll keep for life.

    7. Because regardless of what French men were actually like, they were so fun to look at.

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    Don't speak, just...juste souris. Ah. Bon.

    8. And the women took your breath away.

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    The stereotype is alarmingly true: French women are stunning.

    9. Because Paris is gorgeous in the rain.

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    Like a girl who's pretty when she cries.

    10. And the smell of Paris after it rains can't be matched.

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    11. Because you've tasted the hot chocolate of the gods.

    And now you can't go back to powdered Cadbury's.

    12. Because every park was its own little paradise.

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    And you never ran out of beautiful places to read.

    13. Because nowhere else have you felt so connected to creative spirits of the past.

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    What famous writer or artist hasn't spent time in Paris?

    14. Because this is your favorite clock.

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    It tells you how many hours you've spent in the greatest city on earth.

    15. Because wherever you go, if you hear a French speaker you'll want to say bonjour.

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    Je veux practiquer mon français, monsieur!

    16. Because this was the view from your homestay.

    17. Because there's no better place for an autumn walk than le Canal St. Martin.

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    And the best vintage shopping's there, too.

    18. Because you'll miss the smell of these wafting down the streets.

    19. Because there is nothing in the world — NOTHING — more romantic than a walk along the Seine at night.

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    Any ol' midnight in Paris.

    20. Because now no meal will be complete without cheese.

    21. Because oh mon dieu yes, this, oui oui oui.

    22. Because these little billets took you everywhere you needed to go.

    And everyone rode public transportation.

    23. Because there is a certain quality of life in Paris that will be difficult to re-create anywhere else.

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    No matter how many wine-and-cheese nights you plan.

    24. Because there's no better place to fall in love...

    25. ...with someone else, or with the city, or with yourself.

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    You will fall in love in Paris.

    26. Because you've had this magical stuff...

    27. ...in the real St. Germain.

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    Sitting in Sartre and de Beauvoir's corner.

    28. Because any time you wanted an English book you came here.

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    Some of the best books you've read were found on those outside sales carts.

    29. And anytime you wanted a French book, you could find a bookshop or cart on any street.

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    And there was always a kind old bookseller, willing to help you find a copy of Les Memoires d'une Fille Rangee.

    30. Because you'd give anything to walk back aux Champs-Élysées.

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    31. Because in Paris, people take the time to enjoy themselves.

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    Not always rushing from place to place, priding themselves on how busy they are.

    32. Because this really is what public transportation looked like.

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    Paris knows the importance of font choice.

    33. Because even after you'd passed it a hundred times, la Tour Eiffel still took your breath away.

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    Like falling in love over and over and over again.

    34. And at night, you just can't look away.

    35. Because your local movie theatre had live music before every film.

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    Just a casual piano prelude before La Grande Bellezza.

    36. Because you're probably addicted to nicotine now.

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    37. Because there was always a festival to attend.

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    Music and dancing and cheap drinks in the streets, all night.

    38. Because there's no better spot for a rendezvous than a drink on the banks of the Seine.

    It's every bit as beautiful as you thought it would be.

    39. And you never needed to plan a night out.

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    Just take a bottle to the river.

    40. Because sometimes you'd go to the Louvre just on a whim.

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    You always knew when the lines would be shortest.

    41. Because between the beauty and the cheese and the chocolate and the wine, there's something else that can't be described.

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    42. Something you'll spend your whole life missing, trying to pinpoint...

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    43. Only to find it as indescribable as ever, when you return.

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    Paris, je t'aime.

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