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9 Must Know Facts About La France


Hello again WordPress Readers!

I’ve decided that for this post, I’ll give you some insight about French culture. I’m a French citizen because I was born to French parents. Thanks to them, I’m fluent in French. However, I’m stuck in San Francisco… (It gets complicated haha.)

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1. Soldes

If you’re wondering if the city of Fashion- Paris has fashion sales? WELL. IT’S A YES! But It only happens in June-July and ends in August (Once a year). So, definitely do plan your trip well:) And, when the French say “Sales”, they truly lower the prices to make it affordable. Name any brand, and they’ll most likely have a Sale for it. (Zara, NafNaf, Kookai, Mango, H&M…etc.)

2. Sunday is the day of Rest

Don’t expect shops in Paris to be opened on this day. Some markets (local produces) will open for a few hours in the morning, but that’s about it – and some family-owned businesses (such as bakeries/boulanges) will be closed on Mondays as well.

3. SPEAK/LEARN FRENCH

Don’t be shy- speak French! No matter how badly you think your French is, the French people will gladly appreciate your efforts either way! You will better enjoy your trip this way!Americans think French people are rude because when they come to France, they impose the English language on them, therefore, they put the French in uncomfortable positions. DON’T BE LIKE AMERICANS.

4. Sante!

Cheering in France is no simple happening. There are specific rules to follow to cheer as per the French rules: you have to look every single person you cheers with in the eye, say Santé!” or “Tchin Tchin!

5. La Bise (kiss) [Obama's enjoying it with the ex- First Lady of France] :D

Don’t feel like it’s disgusting or anything.. It’s part of the culture! and it’s the lovely part! Everybody has to stand up to greet you with a kiss on both cheeks.

6. Don’t ask for Ice in a French Restaurant..

Usually, water is not served with ice cubes when you’re there. If you do ask…the waiters will probably know that you’re a tourist!

7. Pharmacies are highly respected and valued

In America, it’s GO TO CVS and get the drugs.

But in France, Pharmacists have great pay jobs, and their drug stores are well arranged and it feels so professional!

Yes, there are pharmacies on every block in Paris.

8. Customers are not King.

French don’t have such great customer service. Be careful, and pay attention to this part of French culture.

9. TAX IS INCLUDED ON THE PRICE YOU SEE! YAYY!

Example : Service is included in all restaurant bills. You can exceptionally leave a euro or two on the table if you received outstanding customer service, but that’s highly unlikely…

Example 2: Fashion clothes are included for this one! If the ticket says 20 Euros, you’ll be paying exactly 20 Euros! No TAX. cause it’s already there! AMAZING! :)

Cheers!

Odiletouslesjours:)

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157 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Oyia Brown.

    November 5, 2012 at 10:38 am

  2. numero 1, 3, 8, 9, ca m’est arrivee quand j’etais a paris! merci de visiter mon site. par hasard, j’ai une amie proche qui habite en suede, mais pas a stockholm. elle habite a helsingborg, tout pres de danemark. gosh, i haven’t spoken and written in french for quite a while. i guess it’s gonna sound so lame when i do that again :)

    November 5, 2012 at 5:48 pm

  3. Thanks for the information. When I was in Paris years ago, my intuition told me many similar things. I do hope you enjoy San Francisco, a most interesting city. Thanks for liking my posts. Maybe you could leave a comment sometime. Adieu, my friend.

    November 20, 2012 at 10:56 pm

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