FOR THE LOVE OF FRANCE

  • zakariahzol

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    Nov 07, 2012 3:04 PM GMT
    We heard it all the time. French people are elegant , chic , well dress and mostly thinner than the rest of us. Their language are beautiful and their culture so artistic. Romantic french cafe , restaurant , cuisine and wonderful museum .

    Anybody would like to share some of your experience on this wonderful country.?

  • monet

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    Nov 07, 2012 5:27 PM GMT
    Ugh. French people are miseable, dirty, disgusting sewer rats. And that's just their GOOD qualities.
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    Nov 07, 2012 5:29 PM GMT
    monet saidUgh. French people are miseable, dirty, disgusting sewer rats. And that's just their GOOD qualities.




    haha! that coming from Monet??
  • Suetonius

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    Nov 07, 2012 6:13 PM GMT
    France has the best food, wine, and cheese. A great country to travel in if you speak at least a little French.
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    Nov 07, 2012 6:16 PM GMT
    In the Paris subway, I asked a French lady for directions. She kindly gave me directions. I suspected the directions were not correct, but I didn't want to embarrass her. So I went off as if following the directions. I figured I would just hang out out of sight until her train took her away. But she realized she had given erroneous directions and came to find me to correct them. Not the stereotype of French people, eh?

    Once when walking thru the gardens at Versailles with my mother, we came upon a young toddler alone and crying. We were alarmed. But when I looked around, I saw the mother farther down the path. Obviously, the mother was trying teach the child some sort of lesson. So, we knew the child was not abandoned and continued walking down the path. When we reached the mother, she said "you are not French, are you?" We of course replied no. She said she could tell because NO FRENCH PERSON WOULD HAVE STOPPED FOR THE CHILD. We were floored to hear that.

    Another time at a restaurant where my mom and took breakfast, it happened one morning that both of us left the table at one time, altho with the intention of returning, without thinking or paying. When I returned to the table, the waiter came flying up talking in very animated French. My mother returned shortly. As we paid the check at the register, I said to mother in English that we had scared the waiter. THEN the waiter said IN ENGLISH, "oh no." The sucker understood English when he wanted to.
  • FitGwynedd

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    Nov 07, 2012 6:40 PM GMT
    zakariahzol saidWe heard it all the time. French people are elegant , chic , well dress and mostly thinner than the rest of us. Their language are beautiful and their culture so artistic. Romantic french cafe , restaurant , cuisine and wonderful museum .

    Anybody would like to share some of your experience on this wonderful country.?



    I know lots of French people and none of that is true.
  • FitGwynedd

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    Nov 07, 2012 6:42 PM GMT
    Caslon21000 saidIn the Paris subway, I asked a French lady for directions. She kindly gave me directions. I suspected the directions were not correct, but I didn't want to embarrass her. So I went off as if following the directions. I figured I would just hang out out of sight until her train took her away. But she realized she had given erroneous directions and came to find me to correct them. Not the stereotype of French people, eh?

    Once when walking thru the gardens at Versailles with my mother, we came upon a young toddler alone and crying. We were alarmed. But when I looked around, I saw the mother farther down the path. Obviously, the mother was trying teach the child some sort of lesson. So, we knew the child was not abandoned and continued walking down the path. When we reached the mother, she said "you are not French, are you?" We of course replied no. She said she could tell because NO FRENCH PERSON WOULD HAVE STOPPED FOR THE CHILD. We were floored to hear that.

    Another time at a restaurant where my mom and took breakfast, it happened one morning that both of us left the table at one time, altho with the intention of returning, without thinking or paying. When I returned to the table, the waiter came flying up talking in very animated French. My mother returned shortly. As we paid the check at the register, I said to mother in English that we had scared the waiter. THEN the waiter said IN ENGLISH, "oh no." The sucker understood English when he wanted to.


    I do the same thing with Welsh
  • DanOmatic

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    Nov 07, 2012 6:53 PM GMT
    Whatever anyone says of the French (either good or ill), we have them to thank for the Enlightenment, which is the foundation for democracy, freedom of conscience, and scientific inquiry.

    These three concepts are thankfully still alive, but jeopardized by religious zealotry, despotism and willful ignorance, both in the US and elsewhere.
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    Nov 07, 2012 6:54 PM GMT
    People, take care of what you say here! I am watching... Haha
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    Nov 07, 2012 6:57 PM GMT
    DanOmatic saidWhatever anyone says of the French (either good or ill), we have them to thank for the Enlightenment, which is the foundation for democracy, freedom of conscience, and scientific inquiry.

    These three concepts are thankfully still alive, but jeopardized by religious zealotry, despotism and willful ignorance, both in the US and elsewhere.


    That comes from Scotland actually
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    Nov 07, 2012 6:59 PM GMT
    When I vacationed in Nice five years ago on a high school trip they treated us badly at the hotel. The chef gave us fried frozen food. It was as if they weren't expecting us. While the other guests received gourmet dishes.
    I did meet some nice people in Nice and Paris though.
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    Nov 07, 2012 7:18 PM GMT
    Every culture has a mixture of wonderful qualities and sad contradictions. The quality of your experience will depend on what you put into it and who you meet along the way.
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    Nov 07, 2012 7:35 PM GMT
    Yes, the LOVE of France....since I was 9 years old
    high school 3years, french club 3years
    Living in Germany while in US Air Force, drove to France on weekends

    Strasbourg- I enjoyed going to cafes drinking either cappucinos or expresso and eating croissants on the patio. People watching.

    Metz- driving the streets, stopping to shop and drink cappucino with croissants

    Paris- 1) taking my mother on a tour where we went to several levels of the Eiffel tower, looking out at the Champs d'Lysee. I wear a bracelet that I brought from a street vendor there in 1990. Visiting the Flea market, buying souvenirs (some I have today) and the Tomb of Napoleon, the Perfume factory and the Louvre.
    2) Taking a tour, by myself, the French driver took me to his place, showed me his horses and great hospitality...very romantic and intimate, he was a couple of years beyond me (he-38, me-36).
    3) Painters' Square where painters did a variety of art...amazing and amusing their personalities, the atmosphere.

    When French visit las vegas, we speak French, eat at the Paris (crepes are the specialty).

    j.c.
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    Nov 07, 2012 7:45 PM GMT
    I studied French for about 6 yrs, still remembered some of it and flew solo into Paris from LAX about 6 yrs ago for a 12 days Parisian vacation. Something I noticed about French people/France left an impression on me.

    . Most natives French will try to help you or give you directions if you try and speak their language (they obviously know you're not from there, it's the effort that counts). The French are proud of their culture/food/language, make an effort and they will love/respect you.

    . Paris has some of the most beautiful museums/sights in the world. (I spent about 4 hrs in the Louvre Musee, went to D'orsay Musee, visited L'arc di Triomphe, Sacred Coeur, Jardin du Luxembourg, Le Saint Chappelle, Notre Dame, Le Marais....etc I took a trip to the top of the Eiffel tower at night, Paris is very pretty at night).

    . Paris has a huge Asian/Vietnamese/Chinese communities on the right bank? close to the Centre Pompidou ! It's very diverse and has a lot of ethnic food. The French generally like the Asians communities in Paris or so I heard. I ended up eating a lot of Baguette/Jambon/Croissant/Crepes and drank a lot of milk/juices for the entire trip. I don't really drink wine or eat a lot of Cheese/Fromage, so I really didn't buy much of these but saw so many brands/choices at the market. The French are famous for these.

    . I stayed in the Artsy northside area of Montmartre, smaller student budget hotel at the time. Met so many other Euro students traveling all over Europe. French subway system is excellent, easy to travel from one point to another. There are some panhandlers in some Touristy areas, stay away from them.

    . There are a lot of dogs in Paris ! there are some dirty streets with dog-poo all over.

    . Took 1 day out and went on Eurostar from Gard du Nord/Paris to London/Waterloo. London is great, too.

    . Le Marais is the gay area, lots of cutesy gay bars and gay French boys there, French men are generally fashionable. I like the Latin quarter/Montmartre areas. (nope did not sleep with any French guys on this trip, I like a USC guy back in L.A. at the time).

    . One Ukranian girl hit on me outside the Louvre, she wanted to hang out at her hotel (lol, I like a guy back in L.A., I said no thanks). One French waiter inside the Louvre was getting a bit frustrated/sorta rude with customers, I waited for my order for about 25 minutes. No biggie though, I think he was stressed/overworked.

    . CDG airport is very clean/pretty. Security went pretty fast, I met a really cute straight and married guy at the airport, he flew to NY, LA and San Diego on a business trip.

    Overall, my trip was a wonderful experience 9/10. I haven't really encounter any *RUDE French men or women in the US yet ! I like the French culture/food and people and everything else. It resembles a little bit with Vietnamese Culture and food. I can't wait to have an opportunity to go back there again.
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    Nov 07, 2012 11:02 PM GMT
    France is soooooooooooo unbelievably overrated
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    Nov 07, 2012 11:15 PM GMT
    My great-grandmother was born in Paris and there was nothing chic or elegant about this bitch of a woman. She was mean and money was her god, lover and best friend.
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    Nov 08, 2012 1:14 AM GMT
    j'aime le francais....
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    Nov 08, 2012 3:42 AM GMT
    I got banged by a French Canadian once. He was kinda douchey. icon_confused.gif
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    Nov 08, 2012 5:59 AM GMT
    89bkbred saidWhen I vacationed in Nice five years ago on a high school trip they treated us badly at the hotel. The chef gave us fried frozen food. It was as if they weren't expecting us. While the other guests received gourmet dishes.
    I did meet some nice people in Nice and Paris though.
    Nice used to be Italian, and is probably the least French of any part of France. I think if you went back as an adult, and we're not traveling as part of a high school group ( generally a low cost way of travel, staying in cheap hotels) and did not eat in hotel restaurants, you would find very good food at very reasonable prices, and impeccable service.
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    Nov 08, 2012 6:10 AM GMT
    Saad22 saidFrance is soooooooooooo unbelievably overrated
    Perhaps for a native, but not for a tourist or foreigner , who can simply enjoy the best of the country, and never have to deal with the bureaucracy, politics, and economy. I have been to France many times, and it is my favorite travel destination.
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    Nov 08, 2012 6:39 AM GMT
    According to the eneagram, France and the USA are both 3's. This is why they are so much alike in their basic thinking and also why there is so much discord between them. Anything you say about France from the USA is only a reflection of the USA. This, of course, is only a generalized statement and is not to be applied to every individual within either country.
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    Nov 08, 2012 6:43 AM GMT
    I love Paris! I love France! I love Frenchmen! I love French Art and Architecture! I LOVE IT ALL!
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    Nov 08, 2012 6:57 AM GMT
    I love the French. I find them to be very warm as long as you are polite to them and follow some basic social rules. I always say that any American who was ever treated rudely in France deserved it.
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    Nov 08, 2012 6:58 AM GMT
    erik911sd saidI love the French. I find them to be very warm as long as you are polite to them and follow some basic social rules. I always say that any American who was ever treated rudely in France deserved it.


    AGREED!
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    Nov 08, 2012 7:13 AM GMT
    Saad22 saidFrance is soooooooooooo unbelievably overrated


    Dude you are young.. I guess you didnt travel so much... France is crap for most of the French (including me) but keep in mind we are lucky, got awsome cities, monument, museum, healthcare, economy isnt that bad (maybe not right now lol), we are situated in the middle of Europe, easy to travel, GOOD FOOD (trust me I travel a lot, and I have been living in other countries, Cheese Bread and Wine can be a drug, I didnt realised I was so addicted before I moved out from France.)

    Im looking to move overseas again, because Im young and I like adventures, but I think I will come back once retired, because France is FREAKING AMAZING, lot of diversity, people, landscape and languages.

    The only problem I see , its to enjoy living in France, you need money. Living in France its pricey. But travellers can have great experience with little money (couchsurfing, bread cheese,.. doesnt cost a lot).

    And for those who told that french arent welcoming, just remember we welcome 73 millions of tourists every year. its more than the French themselves (63 millions). So yes sometime we get tired of to much crowded place... But a smile, and a good attitude wont kill you.icon_biggrin.gif