Interesting France Trip Report

Jul 10th, 2003, 11:29 AM
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Mathieu, Wow you were a lucky kid. I would have killed for a chance to do that when i was 9. but yes, saving food is very economical. However they might want to try changing it around a little more. One example is the mother had made rice on monday. And she had some left overs. So on friday she took all of her leftovers (rice, eggs, corn, mixed cooked veggies, salad, sausage) and she put it all in a bowl. Covered it with something that tasted like thousand island dressing, and served it as a not so tasty meal. Believe me, i'm not against saving food and money, i just think that throwing it all in a bowl isnt such a good idea. But maybe that was just her cooking. I really didnt get the chance to experience how other people did it. But i do know exactly what you mean about little things reminding you of your experiences. I for one have this one song and whenever i hear it it reminds me of my time spent in France. For whatever reason i heard that song tons of times there and now it is my "theme" somg for my trip. haha.

MGB: I can only imagine the problems your sister in law would have encountered trying to get ice in beer over there. I had a hard enough time getting it in water, let alone beer. But yes i do hope and believe i will be spending more time in France, and the rest of Europe in the future.
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Jul 10th, 2003, 11:31 AM
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you know what i just realized. The entire time i wrote my story and all my other postings here i have been placing a ? instead of a '. Wow i can't figure out how that that happened.
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Jul 10th, 2003, 03:51 PM
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If you are typing in a word processor first, it will probably automatically give you "smart quotes" (those curly quote marks and apostrophes). Unfortunately Fodors now changes those to ? It's a pain!

I love what you said about theme songs. I do that almost every trip (at least those when I get a chance to listen to the radio), and I almost always buy the CD. Takes you right back, n'est-ce pas? Once it was this stupid song by LeGaf called Le Lavabo, a novelty song involving almost no words but lavabo and bidet. Another was Tonton David's Sur et Certain, a fun CD for walking (reggae, I guess).

When I lived there in the 60s, I took care of a friends record player over the summer and he had only two records: Dvorak's New World Symphony and Cesar Franck's Symph. in D minor, which I played over and over. They still take me back.
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Jul 10th, 2003, 06:07 PM
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On this trip, I noticed that the price of Coke and Pepsi has drastically dropped in the grocery stores. We frequently bought Coke for 2.50 E for a six pack even in Paris. In a Carrefour, outside of Paris, we bought a 12 apck for 3.50 E. Still on many menus, the pop cost 2-3 E each, 1.50 in quick food stores. Kept them in our hotel refrigerators.
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Jul 10th, 2003, 08:04 PM
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Isnt it nice to listen to those songs. most of the time might not even be that great, but they just take you back. I do that as often as i can, however it can be hard on some trips.

gb: I know in Limoges Coke was about 3.50 or 4 euros for 1 bottle. I don't know what size that is, but i'm talking about the big tall bottles.
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Jul 11th, 2003, 11:56 AM
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Your thoughts are interesting and I am glad you decided to post them. I agree that the French people are very nice and a reputation for snobbiness may be due to misunderstood cultural norms. As a person who lives in a rural area, I am always taken aback by the ways of city folks. I spent the last 2 weeks in the Dordogne and the Loire Valley, where people could not have been nicer.
I have a thought about the similar experiences of the members of your group regarding the Matriarchs of the Refrigerators. Possibly, all of the host families for the program you participated in were warned that American teenagers can eat a family out of house and home. I know my teenaged son eats copious amounts of food, as do his friends. In the American culture, we are very used to absent mindedly consuming snacks and eating meals quickly. Much of our food is carbohydrate-based, our fruits and vegetables hybridized to increase the sugar content. This can leave a person feeling hungry at several intervals during the day--not just at 3 meals.
So maybe it was a conspiracy based on stereotypes of American adolescents!?!--the families may have heeded a suggestion not to give free reign of the kitchen to visiting teenagers.

Glad you enjoyed your trip.

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Jul 11th, 2003, 08:11 PM
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For a take on an American woman who moved to Paris many years ago and now runs a cooking school in Louviers (Normandy), I highly recommend her book, On Rue Tatin. It's an enjoyably story about her trials and tribulations of living in France, renovating a 15th century home and raising her family. Book II should be out soon.
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Jul 14th, 2003, 07:02 AM
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interesting ideas on the teenager and food thing. That is a very possible explination.
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