Those charming French!

November 13th, 2012

While many Paris visitors comment that the French are rude, I think there are an equal number of stories that show how charming the French can be.  Take this story:  before heading out to enjoy Nuit Blanche I met clients at a simple cafe at the Place du Châtelet at the very start of their week in Paris.  Later that week, near the end of their stay, they returned to that same cafe for dinner.  My client’s description of the exchange says it all:   ‘The owner did not speak English, but I retrieved a few words of my college French and explained it was the end of our week, and that we had started our week in his cafe.  He grinned and brought us two glasses of wine on the house!’  The icing on the cake for their visit (or as the French would say ‘la cerise sur le gâteau’).  Clearly, the French can be charming and warm, especially where sentiment is concerned!

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