Having spent much time across the pond in our “former lives”, we came to appreciate about a bazillion things that the Europeans have mastered.
But today we are narrowing it down to 10.
1. They nap.
In Italy: The riposo may begin anytime between noon and 1:30pm and run until 2:30pm to 4:00pm. Businesses shut down, and public venues like museums and churches lock their doors so their employees can go home for a leisurely lunch and a snooze.
In Spain: The siesta is deeply ingrained, as businesses often close for hours to accommodate the mid-day rest. While the siesta can span two hours, only a fraction of the time is actually spent napping; first, there’s lunch with family and friends, then a rest. Because of the mid-day break, people often work later into the evening. (via sleep.org)
2. They don’t “helicopter parent” and the results are outstanding.
If moving your fam to Europe to pick up some tips for yourself isn’t in the cards, check out Pamela Druckerman’s book, Bringing up Bébé, which details her observations in France.
3. They eat cheese for breakfast . . . and dessert. Never happier at a meal than when they roll out the cart with the most glorious selection of fromage.
Lucky for us, the trend is picking up here, too. Read more about creating your own cheese course here.
(Loomis is officially hangry now, btw)
4. They have fabulous royal families. Lots of them, but obvs the House of Windsor is our fave. Who recently saw Princess Charlotte throwing a royal tantrum? Of course, Kate handled it like the boss that she is.
5. Where do you think beer, Rosé and Champagne came from? Cheers to that!
6. Europeans generously welcome our college students who are studying abroad for a semester or two. They do their best to put their game face on, even when we act like ugly Americans. For the record, one of Long’s best decisions ever was to grab a “Let’s Go Europe”, buy a Eurorail pass and backpack anywhere and everywhere across Europe. Sans cellphone. Staying in dodgy youth hostels, of course.
7. They are WAY more dog friendly. Petunia and Rosie would live like queens over there. As if they don’t already.
8. European women have personal style for MILES. See below if you need further proof of that.
9. We can’t go without mentioning that The European Union has banned or restricted over 1,400 ingredients in personal care products and cosmetics.
So, clearly they’ve got us beat on that one. And, we think it’s about time that we catch up. (Hence our BC careers)
10. And last but not least, Europeans take the month of August off!
Do you see what we are getting at?
Don’t worry, we don’t think there is such a thing as an . . .
but one more Frenchie Friday coming’ at ya and then Loomis & Long will be spending the month chasing the sun. We hope you will be, too!