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20 Things That Are Just So Odd In France

Friends ask “how’s your life in France.” Yes,  it’s very different from my life in the States. Some of the simplest things in France are the most unusual and most complicated.

Here are just a few of the differences.

1

Cemeteries

Cemetery in France

Cemeteries in France are above the ground

 

 

2

Stairs

Narrow spiral staircases are everywhere

Narrow spiral staircases

 

 

3

Air conditioning

Fans

Fans

 

 

 

4

Fashion

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5

Hot chocolate

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6

Coliseums 

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7

Door locks

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8

Manicures and pedicures 

Water-less manicures and pedicures

Water-less manicures and pedicures

 

 

 

 

9

Toilet paper holders

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10

Flushing toilets

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11

Washing machines 

Tiny washer and dryer all-in-one

Tiny washer and dryer all-in-one

 

12

Hot water

Faucet head soaking in vinegar to remove calcium that clogs hot water

Faucet head soaking in vinegar to remove calcium that clogs hot water

 

13

Streets

Narrow streets

Narrow streets

 

14

Coffee

 

Coffee in tiny cups

Coffee in tiny cups

 

 

15

Rooftops

Rooftops in Uzes

Rooftops in Uzes

 

 

 

 

 

16

Street Signs

 

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17

Crepes

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18

Carousels

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19

Wine caves

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20

Public toilets

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I love France!

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11 replies »

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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”.

  4. Dear Déborah

    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

    Andy

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  5. 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.

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