New York, like Paris

Lia in Brussels

Visiting Paris a few weeks after the trip to New York felt, in a way, as if I had seen both sides of the coin. Because the two metropolises may be two continents and – indeed – worlds apart but in many ways, they mirror, complement and look up to each other; the vast ocean between them acting as a link rather than a divider.

I’d dare go as far as to claim that even the language barrier (yes, really …!) is being overcome, in a steady albeit slow pace: contrary to common misconceptions, French is increasingly spoken in New York  (at least in Manhattan, from personal encounters). Whether by expats or second generation New Yorkers with connections to parts of the francophone world, this should not come as a surprise given the number of schools and French-English bilingual programmes on offer.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Parisians…

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