Dear [FRIEND], In the UK it is customary to be offered what is called a ‘full English breakfast’. That consists of bacon, eggs, sausages, fried bread and tomatoes. In France it is a much simpler affair and you also have to be far more sociable.
The next hotel offered breakfast on a quieter scale and by now we were well into the French style of greeting everyone as we had done the previous evening for dinner. None of this shuffling into the dining room the English way with a mumble and a subdued smile. Oh, no! You have to salute everyone with the appropriate phrase depending on the time of day. And that’s just on entry because you have to do the same as you leave and your neighbouring diners do likewise.
It’s a wonder there’s time to eat with all these salutations going on all the time. The only unusual feature of this hotel was the chiming from the bell from the church next door. It struck the hour at the right time and then two minutes later it struck the hour again. I suppose you have to imagine that either the local community were a little deaf or that they were very forgetful. It was almost as if they said to each other: What time was that? Then they thought about it and then listened out for the repeat.
Each hotel of course has its own special characteristics and that is part of the charm of travelling. It would certainly be very boring if they all looked the same and each hotelier behaved in the same way
Dear [FRIEND], have you been to France too? How did you like it? I would live to hear your comments and answer your questions on the forum here: Going French, part 3 I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Best regards, Alan Townend