French kissing? Call ze Love Police!

October 25, 2010

FRANCE-PENSIONS/

Blog Guy, I need some travel advice. My wife and I want to go someplace really romantic, where folks are free to be very much in love. Any suggestions?

Of course. I’m an incurable romantic, too. I’d say Paris. City of lights, city of love…

Look at this photo above. A young couple, very much in love, and the urge to express their feelings hits them right in the middle of a busy street. It’s just like that romantic Beatles song.

FRANCE-SARKOZY/BRUNIMichelle?

No. “Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?

Anyway, you try doing that most places, and cars will just run right over you. Won’t even slow down. Don’t even get me started on what happens if you try it in downtown Hong Kong. But in Paris, the Love Police swoop in, stop traffic on a busy street, and let them enjoy the moment without being bothered.

Sounds perfect, Blog Guy. By the way, we also want a place where we can have fun driving around from place to place in our car without a lot of traffic jams. Is Paris good for that, too?

Did you LOOK at this photo? During the Season of Love, nearly every street is blocked by young couples writhing in passion. If vehicular mobility is important to you, Las Vegas is nice this time of year…

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Top: French high school students kiss on the road in front of the police at the end of a demonstration over pension reform in Paris October 21, 2010. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Left: France’s first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy blows a kiss as she and President Nicolas Sarkozy leave the Palais Rohan in Strasbourg, April 3, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

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Ummm…. high school kids… pension reforms…
Does this even make sense to the French??

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Maybe they were listening to Clapton’s Lay Down Sally…

While I think seeing a oouple hold hands, hug or give one another a kiss is so much nicer than watching a couple argue or slap one another, this bit of a PDA is lost on me. Nothing like a dirty road in front of riot police to make me lose that lovin’ feeling.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

I hear the demonstration has ended now that a holiday has started! Or, now that the senate has voted on the pension reform already!

An another note, I was shopping recently with my wife, and we came across a store named B/A/S/L/E/R. Perhaps our Blog Guy has an ersatz business to carry him through the blog off season!

Posted by Jibberish | Report as abusive

Oh, do I miss Paris. I remember going out for dinner with my wife, and being overcome by passion that evening. It was so spontaneous. They’ll never let us in that restaurant again….

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Jib, know what you are talking about… but to be honest, the fashion in that store is sooooooo not worth it….

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

@Doc, so in Paris on the street in broad daylight is ok but in a restaurant during a romatic evening with the wife not so much?

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

As long as they keep making delicious toast they can riot over whatever the hell they want. Mmmmm…

Posted by shawngrggs | Report as abusive

@Shra, we didn’t go in. I figured that reading the blog was all the support I could offer to Mr. BG. Unless they’re selling doughnuts in there!
I second the delicious toast thing!!!

Posted by Jibberish | Report as abusive

Yeah, I just knock those designs off while I watch junk TV at night. They’re not great.

My wife and I went into one of those B/A/S/L/E/R/ stores someplace in Europe, and all she bought was a big tote bag with BASLER on it.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Oh I see…

Lamar is Monsieur Basler’s arch-nemesis. I will, naturally, assume that Lamar runs a hard-hitting and serious news blog over on The Onion.

Posted by shawngrggs | Report as abusive

The Onion? Really, shawn? Pray, is that on this side of the pond by any chance?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

@Shra: Road side love is great, try sometimes :D

Posted by fwd079 | Report as abusive

Shra, The Onion is a great site. Really funny, not like this blog you’re reading now.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

Ahh, just waiting for an oppurtunity fwd… ;)

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

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The Onion is very funny, and I follow it. But it is an entirely different creature from this Blog. That’s a good thing, because The Onion will never live up to this one’s style and sense of humor.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Who doesn’t know what The Onion is? Also what is a Shra? I have so many questions, hopefully a future OE story/post will shed some light on them.

Posted by shawngrggs | Report as abusive

Shra (and bring on the zapping, it’s been a ‘leccy free few weeks) the students want the pension age people to retire sooner so that they old folks aren’t taking up jobs the students could be having. So say the people on the news anyway.

Although they did also say “The only way to access Marseille airport is by road”…

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

Thanks for that info, CG.. and yeah, it has been a long time since I zapped ya… so, there ya go! No hard feelings!

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive