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I'm traveling solo, again, this time for a month in France. Since I'm traveling solo, naturally I'm dining solo, and I was reminded of the previous solo dining discussions, and of JBHapgood's concerns in particular. I have to say, once again, to JBH that you should really try to come to Europe - and France in particular! Solo dining here is just an accepted fact of life - you don't get the worst table, you don't get worse service, and no-one cares that you're on your own - except that the bored-with-each-other married couple at the next table may decide that you'll make a welcome conversational change!

Now is a great time to come to Europe - the dollar is up and air fares are down. Fly BA or AA to London and get a good deal on a restricted fare on Eurostar to Paris, or look to see if Air France has any deals. Or try for a package on expedia or travelocity.

Probably the waiter doesn't care that you're solo because s/he gets paid a proper wage, and isn't relying on your tips. Probably the proprietor doesn't care because they're as interested in good food as good profits. Your fellow diners don't care because they're intent on having a good time.

I started this trip in Nice, tourist central, you would think, even in earliest April, and I was certainly not the only person eating alone. In one rather touristy restaurant (the less touristy were closed for Sunday), there were several solo males eating, and the first night I was in Nice I saw another - they're not an endangered species in France. I've seen them in Paris too, looking perfectly happy and getting the same service as everyone else. And I just ate a rather good meal, alone, with another solo female (French, I believe) at the next table. It's just not a big deal here.

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