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I think our take-away from France is that these people know how to live! They eat wonderful food at very reasonable times and prices. They don’t seem to work themselves to the bone… and they take naps.
For example, the first day we were in France, we tried to eat lunch at 3pm, but everything was closed. You could sit outside on a lovely patio cafe and get a beverage, but no food. If you wanted food, there were specific times.
For breakfast, it was usually served around 9. You could get meals (or anything, for that matter), generally, between 10:30-2:30. From 2:30-7, there was no food available, only drinks. At 7pm, eateries and stores opened back up.
We went hungry the first day, and we needed allergy medicine. We couldn’t get either so we learned…
I’m not sure we ever figured out the working hours of stores. They seemed to open and close whenever they wanted. Most stores closed at some point in the day – and sometimes they were all closed.
But the general atmosphere made everything so forgivable. We weren’t upset or pressured at any time for any reason, because they weren’t. It was all so civilized in a very buoyed way. We felt like we were living our days, instead of powering through them.
And did I mention, the French know how to eat. The food is fresh and beautifully prepared. Oh sure, you can go to McDonalds, but why? The fresh stuff was inexpensive and lovely. I had the best (simple) meals I’ve had in a very long time… There is something to be said for ‘fresh from the garden’ dining.