Student or Learner
I read these from True Pleasures by Lucinda Holdforth:
1. Those neutral walls seemed indifferent to the eager tourist.
What does "neutral" mean in this context?
2. I learnt a lot of things from my education, but I didn't learn the first thing about the history and culture of Paris.
Does "the first thing" here mean "the most important thing"?
3. Within the bland creamy walls of a Parisian mansion, the courtyard was strewn with blossoms.
What does "bland" mean here?
4. ... it was an occasion with a multi-ethnic cast of photographers, fashion designers, tarot readers... and beautiful young things.
Does "beautiful young things" refer to models?