A report from ParisMay 12, 2018
Marcia and Jack Schnedler, this blog’s occasional globetrotters, are back in Paris for something like the 30th time since their first visit to the City of Light in 1970. Some Parisian pleasures are forever, like lolling at a sidewalk cafe while sipping a glass of wine and watching the passing parade.
But there are novelties as well to spice the scene. This decade has brought the infestation of selfie photography, complete with the silly selfie stick. And the last few years have seen the proliferation of tourists from mainland China, a phenomenon that likely has Mao Tse-tung rotating at warp speed in his Beijing mausoleum.
These recently prosperous Chinese tourists travel mostly in groups, escorted by guides waving their little follow-me flags. Like the “Ugly Americans” of the 1950s and ’60s, they can be bumptious. For Paris old-timers like the Schnedlers, they’re yet another sight to refresh the eyes. Marcia snapped this photo of five Chinese visitors doing a quintuple selfie of sorts.