Here are some thoughts I have on France.
The French drive like crazy people. They run red lights at major intersections while people are crossing the street. Stop signs are optional. Stoplights are, too. You better get out of the way or they are going to run you over.
That strange two-toned sound that ambulances and the police use in countries outside the US is disturbing when you’re actually there. I asked Emily why she thought that was and she said she thought it was because of the movies. Every time in the movies when you hear that siren there’s a car chase or something else is going wrong.
We stayed in four hotels while we were in France. The first one, the Kyriad, was in Lyon. Emily’s company set that up as part of the conference she was attending. The Kyriad is like a Comfort Inn without the comfort. I saw them in Paris, too, so I’m assuming they’re a hotel chain. The best part of it was the restaurant for those nights we didn’t feel like going out and the free breakfast. Breakfast had a good variety of croissants, pastries, scrambled eggs and some kind of sausage. It didn’t resemble the breakfast sausage we have in the States and I didn’t try it but it looked gross to me.
Next, we spent almost a week in Paris. Ah, Paris! What an incredible city. Our hotel was on Montparnasse avenue, on the Left Bank of the river Seine. This is where the artists’ lived and worked in the 19th century.
Our next hotel was the Place de L’Horloge in Avignon. This was my favorite hotel. Avignon is a small, walled village and the hotel is in a great part of it. It’s located a half block away from the main square with restaurants and bars on all four sides. It’s a short, quick walk from there to the Palace of the Popes.
The people working in this hotel, in particular, were amazingly polite and helpful. The free breakfast was a good way to start off the day. We wandered around the town enjoying the relaxing time together, and when it was dinnertime we had many places to choose from.
Our last hotel was an American chain out at the airport. It was just an overnight; a chance to get some good sleep before we headed back home. The difference in the level of help between this hotel staff and the other places we stayed in was remarkable. It was as if this hotel staff was from the US and just doing a tour of duty in France
Overall, I loved France. I had heard the horror stories and I was a bit nervous but the people were incredibly friendly and helpful, the food is everything you’ve ever heard about and the sights and historic landmarks were amazing. Of all of the places in the US and the countries we’ve visited outside the US, France is my favorite. I can’t wait to go back!