People Watching!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Do you people watch? I do it all the time.

It all began when I met Balazs just over a decade ago. Since his family is Hungarian, whenever we met, I learned to read their gestures and gesticulations or listen to their tone of voice instead of actually concentrating on what they were saying as back then I hardly knew a single Hungarian word.

Then a year or so later we visited friends in Paris and that is when I got totally hooked on people watching. The first thing we did was a morning coffee in a little corner café on Rue Montorgueil as my friend said it's the best way to get a feel of the city. She was so right: it was like a front row seat to all the fashion, mannerisms and culture. It was amazing, like a secret language with all the little rules of Parisian je ne sais quoi. So, ever since that trip every time Balazs and I feel like taking a little break, we go down to our favourite café, sit on those huge, soft armchairs by the big window and enjoy the show. Le sigh!

So, now your turn, loves. What’s your favourite spot in your city for people watching? Do you do it often? xo
 
P.S: What do French women have that we don't?
P.P.S: If you could?
 
(Photos via Shelby Elsbree - Fashion models on a street corner by Milton Greene, Italy, 1951),  Piccsy, Caitlin Floyd - rainy night in Paris and by Dani Padgett)

24 comments:

Vintage Market Place said...

Girl I live in the best city for people watching. Seriously in Vegas you never get tired of seeing what people are doing or wearing.
It should be its own reality tv show.
Amy

Christianna said...

I don't really live in a people watching city, but I do love to do it when I'm visiting some place new! Just to sit and watch people is an awesome thing!

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i LOVE people watching too - especially at the gym it keeps me occupied with i'm doing cardio

Dancing Branflake said...

Well, I think those women in the first photo were checking out a group of guys. Or that's what I would have been doing if single and that darling.

Love that photo so much!

Diana Mieczan said...

I bet, Amy! I've been to Vegas twice before and it was an adventure. I loved it.

Diana Mieczan said...

Christianna, totally! You can really feel the vibe of the city when you people-watch it at first.

Diana Mieczan said...

Tiffany, they are models and I bet you're right:)Btw: the photo was taken in 1951. They are so snazzy!

Elsa de Diego said...

Oh darling, I just read your post about love story, and we have so many things in common. Let's just say that I am about to 'end the LDR' and move countries :) I'll document it on my blog when the time is right. In the meantime, if you wrote more about it, I would love to read it...Muahhh!!!!

Elsa de Diego said...

*about your love story!

Eliza Jane said...

I love people watching! I do it all the time, especially when I lived in Paris! And my mother and I will go to a cafe and people watch together :)

That's Not My Age said...

I people watch all the time - my favourite spots are Brixton Market & Columbia Road.

Maria Maria Maria said...

First off, these B & W pictures are just so fabulous! I LOVE people watching. I'd like to think I have somewhat semi-mastered observing body language, it's so interesting to see how it changes across cultures and families even.

Lucent Imagery said...

Definitely a fascinating pasttime! I recently posted my photos of people watching in Paris. One thing I struggle with is still trying to respect the strangers I'm capturing, so I don't publish photos that show faces unless they've given me permission or are in a public role. Love these photos.

hello.agi said...

I love it too! I live in Budapest, ( I am hungarian :) )and I often do it in the shops, or in a café. It is so exciting!

Sini said...

I love it too! But I hardly ever go to a cafe unless its special occasion like friend visiting here. I do my people watching while I stroll around the city, looking the people sitting on the cafes ;)

Diana Mieczan said...

Sini, that is a great idea for people watching too:)

Diana Mieczan said...

How cool, Agi:) Balazs is Hungarian as well!

Diana Mieczan said...

I love that Marie! I totally agree, it's fascinating to observe different behaviours and cultures. Those little moments can tell us so much.

Diana Mieczan said...

I LOVE Brixton Market, That's Not My Age! And Elsa, good luck with the move, sweetie. I will keep my fingers crossed. (btw: I'll write more about Balazs and I soon).

Polly Rowan said...

People watching is the best! Especially in foreign countries. I love sitting with a best friend and discussing where we think each person is going, what they're doing, what their life is like, what their name is etc... just for fun! x

Lena P Cox said...

Love to watch people. Do it everywhere, however, always with good intent. People are adorable in some many ways; from the gracefully elderly to the tiny infant. When I look at anyone I try to always focus on their gestures and good qualities....like eyes, hair, smile, etc. anything I can complement or smile about. With no negatives. My favorite place to watch people, is I think every bodies favorite place...the beach.

Mills (héron + hibou) said...

Montorgueil is my favorite in the 2ème. My sister-in-law has a pied à terre there. I am with you, I can people watch for hours. I love that the french cafés put their chairs facing outwards, as if admitting that everyone loves to people watch so they've decided to set up accordingly.

Diana Mieczan said...

Polly, I am so with you on that! It's so much fun to people-watch:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Mills, I was just thinking about that too. I LOVE that about French cafés:) Btw: How awesome that your sister-in-law has a pied à terre in Montorgueil. LOVE!

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