1. The Champs-Élysées is actually like a big, outdoor mall.
Like many people, I had a shimmering vision of the famed street when I arrived in Paris three years ago. Then I found out only chain stores can afford the rent and there are off-putting hoards of tourists and teenagers.
2. Everyone wants to hang out with you…to practice their English.
Like in other big world cities, young people are American culture fiends. So you’re going to have to fight if you want to learn French.