The French however, look down upon this practice as a sign of miserliness and is therefore, unacceptable. (Please note that some small local supermarket called supérette offer some free plastic bags. Sure, there are still places where you can get a coffee for 1 Euro 20 or a full meal for 4 Euros, but they’re becoming harder and harder to find. Read related: Staying Safe in Paris - Top Tips for Visitors, NEXT UP: #3 Flaky friends and last-minute schedule upsets are often the Parisian way. Unlike other services in Paris, the metro almost never goes on strike or breaks down for hours on end., ( Log Out /  Sense of tradition and identity and strong family values, 10. 5. The two oldest cities in France are Marseille and Beziers, both built by the Greeks in the sixth century BC. Besides the obvious annoyance of needing a PhD in logistics to figure out when things are actually open in this city, there’s the eternal question of, “How do these businesses make any money if they’re never open?” If there’s any method to the madness, I haven’t found it yet. Just don't let the experience give you what I and my friends have dubbed the unattractive "tete de metro" (metro face)-- that deeply grouchy scowl so many Parisians don when riding the train. But I don’t understand why – other than at American chains like Starbucks – c'est pas possible (there it is again) to order a hot drink at most bars (and even cafes) after a certain hour. And feel free to start nibbling off the tip on your way home, for added authenticity. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. Passersby began to play it. Americans and Americanized women should take heed that when in France, it will be considered rude to refuse such forms of courtesy from a French gentleman. Let’s just say you’ve been warned. 09 of 10. But if you really want to fit in, just buy a baguette. 32. Read related feature: Visiting Paris on a Tight Budget, What I Learned from Backpacking as a 40-Something, Rude, Lazy Intellectuals? Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. NEXT UP: #6 Noise that might just break the sound barrier. Stunning old stone houses, beautiful, classic French architecture, and affordable property prices, 8. Most people regard espresso as a quick way to get caffeine into their system. 11. Or the Parisian bookstore that is open 9am to 7pm on Monday, 9:30 to 7 on Tuesday and 10 to 7 on Thursday. Change ), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), The 10 Best Things About Living in France, 10 Best Things About Living in France | Transient Local, 13 surprising things about living in the UK – Transient Local. If they’re not booked for a Saturday evening dinner, they have plans to see a movie or have received a free pass to a gallery opening.

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