When American friends ask, “how’s life in France?” I have to be honest. I find there are some very odd things in France.
3: Air conditioning
“Bobo Chic” is in style
5: Hot chocolate
Arenas from the first century
7: Door locks
8: Manicures and pedicures
9: Toilet paper holders
10: Flushing toilets
11: Washing machines
12: Hard Water
16: Street Signs
19: Wine caves
20: Public toilets
Yes, there are odd things in France.
That’s why I love it!
Categories: Around France, Blog
Definitely the washing machine! And, as for air conditioning, we always think of European countries as “first world” until we are there in a heat wave!
I’m so ready to have an air conditioner right now. Except it’s lovely cool at night. Guess a little heat wave once in awhile is little to pay for this life! Thanks for your comment, David!
Last time I was in Paris with friends, we came up against the French washer/dryer with instructions in French. We are still laughing about the 6 hour wash because we kept starting over thinking we had done something wrong.
So funny, Paula, because I haven’t even tried the dryer component lately. I’ve forgotten how it works! And you’re right, I’ll end up washing the clothes 3-4 times before I get it right! Too bad I can’t read the instructions!
What wonderful pictures! I love the narrow winding streets, but I always wonder what happens if one needs a new refrigerator or sofa delivered!?
Such a good question, Barbara. The delivery people were able to bring mine up the narrow staircase because they are pretty small appliances. But I have seen trucks parked along these narrow streets with a delivery man hanging out of a window above and another man hoisting the appliance/furniture up to him on a rope. I think the French invented “determination”.
Love this one too — particularly the photo of the coffee cup. I know exactly where it is, and it’s always a pleasure to see a ‘Bagnols-sur-Cèze’ traffic sign.
bises et à bientôt
Thanks, Andy. Can’t wait til you get back to “real” life in France!
DEBORAH what a great contrast and perhaps that is the reason that I love so much over here. A great way to show France in all its glory and all the interesting things one encounters while traveling and living in France.
Ain’t it great?!