Italy, aah, the land of spaghetti and opera and leather. France, the place for luxury, style and macarons. There are many ways and many people whoâve tried to compare these two great ladies, Paris and Rome, and for our March 2014 issue of Girlsâ Guide to Europe, weâve made our own attempt. We have compared French and Italian men on Vespas, the architecture, the ice cream and the handbags. Truthfully this is an unfair assessment, because we always pick whatâs most celebrated about the guest city and try to find a counterpart in our favorite of all time, Paris, which of course puts the City of Light at a disadvantage. But indulge us on this oneâif for no other reasons than to enjoy the adorable illustrations and for the fun of it. Itâs perfectly incorrect to compare cultures, but like talking heads on TV, we like to gossip sometimes, just for kicks. So letâs get to it!
Hmm, well for one thing, I am not a fan of doing someone elseâs advertising for free, so I personally donât love logo bags. Even though Iâm a committed Francophile, Iâve always preferred Fendi. The brand seems a bit more exclusive and its designs more adventurous. So Fendi it is, at least in my opinion, but there is a lot of room for disagreement here.
A French man on a Vespa vs. an Italian. Wow, well, I donât know about you, but each sounds fairly delicious to me. Italian men to my eye are the most attractive men in the world, if a bit aggressive. Thatâs two so far for Rome.
The Pantheon in Rome, which is nearly 2,000 years old, built of granite and impeccably conserved, vs. the PanthÃ©on in Paris. Commissioned by Louis XV in the 1700s and built in the Latin Quarter, the Paris PanthÃ©on, while beautiful, cannot hold a candle to the vrai Roman edifice, with its ceiling open to the sky. One can feel history in here, as if great men in togas just left the building. Rome: plus 3.
Both of these fountains are stunning and truly impressive. The Trevi has been featured in so many movies, you get the sense that you really will have good luck if you toss a coin in, so I have to give it again to Rome.
Last but not least is Giolitti gelato versus Berthillon ice cream on the Ile Saint-Louis in Paris. I love gelato, but in my humble opinion, nothing can beat the chocolat noir Iâve devoured at Berthillon. Finally a win for Paris.
So Italy wins in a landslide. I hope this inspires you to take a spring trip to Rome, but first please let us know your take. Comment, rage and dish with us on our Facebook page.
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