Aero: Kayli Schocken – France 2014 – City Life


Aero: Kayli Schocken – France 2014 – City Life
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Aero: Kayli Schocken – France 2014 – City Life


Kayli Schocken

City life in France is not only much different than rural life in France, but it’s very different than any American city I’ve been to. The two major cities we visited were Rennes and Paris. The first thing I admired about cities in France is their use of public transportation. I wish America used more trains and busses like they do in France. In both Paris and Rennes, they had bike rentals for anyone to use right along the street. Before the trip we were warned about pick-pocketers and beggars, and just like any we saw our fair share. The beggars were in mainly the most tourist areas. They knew how to make people feel sorry for them.

The architecture of both Paris and Rennes is absolutely breathtaking. Unlike cities in the United States, there was no such thing as Sky Scrapers. Most of the buildings were three stories at the most. In both cities you didn’t feel so enclosed. I also noticed how clean the cities were in Paris. There wasn’t much litter or overflowing garbages like you see in America. My favorite parts of the architecture were all the beautiful churches and cathedrals. They were all so well taken care of. 

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My favorite part of the cities was obviously the shopping. It was so interesting to see all the different boutiques and the different items they carried. Some of the boutiques were so small. It was surprising that some of the boutiques were surviving in today’s economy with the things they were selling. I loved that there wasn’t that many large stores. I found some of the most beautiful and unique jewelry at little boutiques through out Paris and Rennes that I will cherish forever. 

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– Kayli Schocken

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