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Old 03-03-2012, 09:57 AM
 
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I love Brittany in particular. Put France & Cornwall in a blender and you get a great result. Such friendly people too who always made me feel welcome when I've been.
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:14 AM
 
Location: Blankity-blank!
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I agree completely. I went to the Eiffel Tower as well. It was cool overlooking the land, but seriously, I don't get what all the fuss is about. Too many tourists and the structure itself is loaded with graffiti. Maybe it was good decades ago when tourists weren't stupid to vandalize it.



I don't remember the exact town but I remember staying in Paris for a couple nights. The town I was in was quiet and not too far from all the major tourist destinations. The cafes and museums were alright, but a lot of what I thought Paris was didn't exist.
Graffiti is old. Some years ago I visited the Southern city of Arles and walked within the Roman colliseum. In many places the stones had dates and initials carved. Some from the late 1890s.
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Old 01-03-2014, 12:57 PM
 
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Greece got into the situation they are in because the government accumulated too much debt. This has nothing to do with the amount of hours worked per year.
The Greek are, apparently, working quite a bit. Now, if they all would pay their taxes...

Surprised France was able to hold onto the 35 work week for so long.
Because France has the most efficient economy in the world. (even if people can't understand it)
We can retire at 60/62, work less than other countries, benefit from the best pensions, have free health care (however some people pay some euros to be entirely covered), free education, highest patrimony per adult (close to 300 000 dollars) in the world after Switzerland and Australia (average and median patrimony per adult), we have a lot of vacation (between 7 and 10 weeks)
Unemployed people receive more money than the workers in Germany...
France's debt is quite the same as Germany's debt, lower than US or Uk's debt. It increases by 3,7% vs 8,7% in UK, and in USA it is like XX%.

Economic Growth means nothing!

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Old 01-03-2014, 01:05 PM
 
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I find it funny that you can go to most countries in the world where people barely speak English and people are fine with it, but when it's the French all of a sudden it's because they "refuse" it or are too "arrogant" for it Why aren't people complaining about Spain or Italy or Latin America? I doubt people there speak English better than the French do.
Yes! Infact, it is just because they have a bad accent and are ashamed of it.
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:35 PM
 
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Don't worry, you're right.. French people (we) are rude, and it is true, a little arrogant: unfortunately! But thank you for you opinion of the France, if you have to define our culture with only 3 adjectives, what will they?
Glad that you admit that,like your honesty.
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Old 01-03-2014, 03:44 PM
 
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I've been to Paris a few times, being from the UK Eurostar brought it even closer. Like any major city, it has problems. It's not a fairly tale or a living museum for Americans to gawk at how quaint they think it is. It's a big city with big city problems, just like London.

I've noticed many Americans go there and end up wondering why people were rude to them, when they made no effort to speak French, or they expected service like they'd get in Appleby's in French restaurants, wondering why the waiter would get pissed off when they demanded the bill, or started rearranging the tables and chairs.

Aside from the attractions, I enjoyed the street life in Paris, riding the Metro and exploring La Defense, which is overlooked by tourists. Paris and London are not museums...they are big cities.

France is a great country though, but to appreciate it, it helps to at least try to speak some French out of respect.
I would say the same for french tourist traveling overseas expecting everybody to speak french (in Africa particularly)
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Old 01-03-2014, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Next stop Antarctica
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On my visits to France visiting rural tourist spots, I found the tourist leaflets for places were printed only in French. Most other countries will have them in two or three languages.
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Old 01-03-2014, 05:51 PM
 
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I'll be in Paris for 4 days in August and dknt speak a lick of French. Am I doomed?

Also apparently you aren't supposed to ask for the bill at a restaurant?
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Paris
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Also apparently you aren't supposed to ask for the bill at a restaurant?
We do this all the time at restaurants and cafes and never had a problem. "The bill" translates as "l'addition" in French, in case language is the problem.
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:28 PM
 
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We do this all the time at restaurants and cafes and never had a problem. "The bill" translates as "l'addition" in French, in case language is the problem.
Great. Thanks
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