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A FEW things I LOVE about France and the French

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After having spent four of the last seven months in France, here are some things I ADORE about France and the French. How…

Young men DRINK up their girlfriends' beauty with their deep dark eyes full of love.

They RARELY say anything dramatically positive about something (Like this is FANTASTIC) but are more inclined instead to say "Ce n'est pas mal" (It's not bad.)

They FLOCK to creperies and eat first a round of crepes salee - savory crepes - with little jugs of cider - a mild beer type drink - and then they order a round of crepes sucre - sweet ones.

The ENTIRE restaurant oohs and aahs when someone gets a crepe flambe - topped with alcohol and flambeed.

They put the VERY best things from the entire store in a TINY little window to lure you in.

They stand in line at the BEST sweet shops for their precious afternoon sweet.

They CRAM restaurant tables so close that you have to pull the ENTIRE table out to be seated.

EVERYONE here is an expert on food, wine, and cheese

They LOVE flowers, art, musique, wine, and their little dogs.

They can sit for HOURS absolutely ENJOYING every spot of coffee in their tiny little cups - in between thousands of gitane cigarettes

Little old couples who have been in love for AGES stroll for hours with their little dogs and never seem to get tired

Girls walk FAST with their high bouncing ponytails and their high-heeled pointy-toed boots

Men wear scarves twisted neatly at their necks

Ladies who work in the little stores EXPECT you to say "Bonjour Madame" ONLY after they say it first - just as they EXPECT you to say
"Merci Madame. Au revoir" when you leave the store - only after they say it of course.

They put little signs on the clothes that say "Ne Touchez Pas" - do not touch!!!

They DELIGHT in everything creative - art - wine - theater, opera, ballet, and the list goes on forever.

EVERYONE here seems to know from what SIECLE/ CENTURY things are - buildings, furniture, you name it.

They know and DELIGHT in the differences between all the 80 or so departments (like counties) of France.

Everything seems to Sound better when said in French

Even the humble EGG Tastes better here. And it gets a LOT of love and affection by the greatest chefs. You actually see eggs served here as appetizers - en cocotte with truffles - YUM!!!!

They can make the most artful and useful use of even the SMALLEST spaces and I mean TINY. IT is AMAAAAZING what they can do with a few square meters of space.

They have ENTIRE hour-long TV shows during the most important show times on something like the Burgundy region of France - with 6 reporters - each reporting on something like, the wines, the architecture, the art, the history, the restaurants, and even the colors of the soil and stone.

They romanticize EVERYTHING from the gargoyles of the buildings, to the shapes of wine bottles, and of course the MOST loved of all - the Grape vine - of which ther are literally 100s of millions draped across this lovely land.

And the LOVE AFFAIR that the entire country of France has with the grapevine is one of the MOST adorable things I have EVER seen. Words cannot describe how much they LOVE their grapevines, and ultimately their wines. I cannot think of anything of which they more fiercely proud - except MAYBE their heritage.

That is why there is a LOT of love in me for France and the French. Vive la France!!!!

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