10 Days in France…Scenes from Our Time in Paris (color)
More scenes, this time in color, from our 6 of 10 days in France spent in Paris. A few things different from what we’re used to (besides every single person seeming to have a cigarette in hand)…
No tipping. I like this. People make a living wage, you see.
TV commercials are all in one long awful batch between shows, rather than sprinkled throughout.
Men pee in the street. Some poop in the street as well. It reeks. No one cares.
Tons of folks employed to keep the streets clear of garbage – and they use rakes, not obnoxious leaf blowers.
Aggressive hawkers/pickpocketers try to touch you and get merch on you in high traffic tourist areas. I appreciated Dan’s well placed “get the fuck out of our way” when it happened by the Eiffel Tower as they verbally harassed us.
Your plate is taken away at the same time as your dining partner -none of this rude clearing of one plate while the other eats that happens in most places in America.
You have to ask for the check – they don’t bring it.
No breakfast. Le petite dejeuner is all most places offer – coffee, juice, and croissant.
Croissants are on average about 1-1.2 Euros ($1.50 max), and wine is damn cheap (a $6 bottle is good!).
Most places do not open for dinner until 7 or 8pm. That was very tough!!