Eating our way through France . . .
Trip Start Jun 20, 2003
20Trip End Mar 01, 2004
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The next stop on our gastronomical tour was a beautiful french farmhouse in the heart of Provence. Since we arrived without a car we were essentially stranded at our B&B
Paris, our final stop in France, was a delight on the senses. This city is nothing short of beautiful. It being our first time, we did the typical touristy things - the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, a walk down the river Seine - and loved it! Our favorite was the Musee de Orsey, which has some of the most famous Impressionist paintings. But of course, the Louvre was spectacular and overwhelming, and we got to see many of our favorite French revolutionary paintings as well. Of course, we also managed to sneak in several excellent restaurants where we dined to our hearts' content.
Alas, France was not all perfect. While we did met some exceptionally nice people, who went out of their way to be helpful in all sorts of ways, the rumor that the French aren't fond of tourists was confirmed in the train station attendants. Susan knows a bit of French from school, but its all mixed up with Spanish from work, which makes for a confusing combo. So everytime we sidled up to a train attendant, we would say bon jour and, rather than subjecting them to our dreadful language skills, ask in French if they speak English. Invariably we would get a very curt "non" accompanied by a bored or hostile look, and we would delve into our French. After five minutes of confusion, the now angry train attendant would begin to speak perfect English. Time and again. It got pretty frustrating for us, and made train travel not so fun. But at least the food and wine made up for it and more, and we definitely want to return to France in the future!
But the trip moves forward, and now we're off to Italy for pasta and renaissance art! Au' revoir!