Monday, 28 March 2016

La Tour Eiffel

The Eiffel Tower

This is somewhere I would like to visit someday

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All of us who blog about France do it because we love the country for lots of different reasons and some like myself are lucky, I have lived here for 7 years with my husband John and we are still learning about the wonderful people of France and their way of life, before we lived here we thought that our cultures were very similar or in fact the same but as time has gone on we are beginning to realise that this is not so, as I find the differences I will surely put them on here hopefully for your amusement.
One that comes to mind right now is the lunchtime here, in our part of rural France it is always 12h00 - 14h00 without fail in fact our church bells are rung at midday to tell everyone it is time to stop work and they will always take the full two hours, we see some workers go into the restaurant opposite on the dot of midday and they don't come out until 13h45 ready to walk back to work just down the road, .. now the problem we have is, now we are retired we don't get up until late and then have a leisurely breakfast before we think about doing our jobs, so if those jobs are outside we are just going out when the French are thinking of stopping for lunch, our neighbour once asked " do you not take your lunch at 12h00" so I explained no and why not, she just turned and as she was walking away shaking her head she could be heard muttering ""Bizarre"" so now out of courtesy to our neighbours we tend not to be doing anything outside during the Dejeuner - lunch...


  1. I know a lot of people who would enjoy a two hour lunch. Lol

  2. Yes your observations are right – the culture in France is very different for the UK or the States. In the Canadian book I mentioned they said that French culture was as different from the US as the culture of India or China – but at first it does not appear so. If my parents were driving in the country (in France) they would always stop by the side of the road and eat lunch – and you see many motorists doing the same. By the way, the Eiffel Tower is a lady – “tour” or tower is a feminine word, so la tour Eiffel. Another tall tour, in Paris, is la Tour Montparnasse. From the top of la tour Montparnasse you get the best views of la Tour Eiffel.

  3. Thank you Vagabonde for spotting my Faux pas on the spelling and gender, I have put it right x

  4. Roz, I can definitely see that being a problem. I wonder about adapting to a French breakfast, just a croissant rather than a bigger breakfast and maybe you'd be ready for lunch at least by one, if not noon. I know my husband and I will need to adapt too when we move to France next year. I'm an early morning riser. I'm usually up between 5 and 6 and I run for an hour or so. I'm sure I'll be considered strange since the French people I know roll out of bed about half an hour before they need to be at work or school, around 9.
    Thanks for introducing my blog.
    Remember to click on the link on my blog so your name and blog appear and others can find you too.
    I love reading about your experiences.

  5. Which link is it I should click on Paulita x


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