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Old Nov 14th, 2004, 12:08 AM
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Anna, at cafes, some people order just mineral water, some with a slice of lemon, some with a bit of mint syrop. Some, water and a black coffee, etc.
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Old Nov 14th, 2004, 12:37 AM
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Anna, I cannot say for sure if coffee is available because my girlfriend and I are tea drinkers, but I would be surprised if they offered tea, that they wouldn't offer coffee. One tends to think of the french being coffee drinkers rather than tea drinkers. Incidentally, if you do order tea they assume you mean black, no sugar unless you order otherwise.
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Old Nov 14th, 2004, 12:43 AM
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Just to clarify a bit more, many patisseries are simply shops where you go in and buy your cake to take elsewhere, but there are also patisseries which are a bit more akin to a cafe with somewhere to sit down and order a drink as well. You just need to keep a lookout whilst wandering around. Some of them are quite small and it would be easy to walk past without realizing they offer a sit down service.
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Old Nov 14th, 2004, 02:56 AM
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An apology has been made and this is not about the tone of the message but about one point in the contect which might be interesting to discuss...

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As a general rule, the French don't "snack." They rightly think that that leads to weight problems.
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I don't think that the french avoid eating between meals due to the fact that it causes obesity. the sanctity of the meal (which is eroding by the way) dictates that food is served at a table in a certain way. quick snacks are generally not part of this equation.

generally, i find that the french live their lives rather unconcerned about getting fat and therefore do not alter any natural behaviour because of it (gross generalisation i know but this is basically what i have found).

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I've never had a French friend or acquaintance who ate anything between meals.
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even if don't take this literally (which i am not), it is a gross misunderstanding. i work in an office in paris and people are always bringing in "treats" to share. coffee breaks often include a biscuit, etc, etc.
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Old Nov 14th, 2004, 07:31 AM
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In Italy we found a lot of places to grab a slice of pizza before we walked some more..giving us the ability to have dinner at a later hour. In Paris, find a crepe stand.
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Old Nov 14th, 2004, 10:33 AM
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Anna- To order bottled sparkling or still water is absolutely normal. You'll be paying for it as you would a soda, wine, coffee... so I don't see that as the same as sitting down at a cafe table and asking for a (free) glass of tap water.
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Old Nov 14th, 2004, 10:38 AM
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StCirq- my experience staying with a friend who lives in the French-speaking region of Switzerland is exactly the same as yours. I can't think of a single time (5 trips) that we ordered a snack when we stopped in to a cafe for a sit-down in the afternoon. A carafe or two of wine... now that's different.
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