4. Bring your dog to the cafe, bar, or restaurant
The Public Health Department (or cities not named Portland) would probably lay the smackdown immediately if dogs were shacking up on the terraces of cafes in the US, but in Paris it’s perfectly normal. In fact, if a dog is sitting on a chair and it’s the only chair available, don’t expect its owner to give it up so that you can sit down.
5. Drink as a student… legally The ability to purchase alcohol comes at the age of 18 in France, which means you will not be limited from trying all the Bordeaux you want on your study abroad program.
6. Buy books from real bookstores, forever While Amazon is busy taking over every single bookstore ever opened in the US, in France, independent bookstores flourish. Why? Part of it is because since 1981, there has been a law that caps book discounts at only 5% below the publisher’s list price. That keeps big online retailers from winning out in terms of prices, and helps keep independent bookstores alive.