- By John
- On Nov 1, 2018
- Travel Tips
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Something to do in France
Do loosen up and bring an adventurous spirit when in France
To fully enjoy the beauty that is France, loosen up and live a little. Even if it’s your first time in the country, you have nothing to worry about if you bring with you an adventurous spirit. This is your time to explore and have fun. So, go ahead and just do it.
Remember we are talking about France here, one of the most traveled and loved destinations in the world. Might as well enjoy every minute of your vacation even if you can’t find your way and get lost at some point. Shop to your heart’s content, explore both the tourist and non-tourist spots and of course, eat a lot. And make some friends too while you’re at it!
Do not talk about politics, religion and other sensitive topics
By all means you should express your opinions. After all, French people love a good debate once in a while. But as a tourist and not a local, it makes perfect sense to stay clear from sensitive topics such as politics or religion especially if you’re not exactly well versed with the subject matter at hand. Rarely do the French advertise their religious beliefs and as common courtesy, you are expected to do the same.
You should also shy away from bringing up topics that stereotype the French people in a bad way. Try not to talk about French military or any other anti-French feelings. Instead talk about sports, fashion or anything that’s interesting yet without the dangers of leading the conversation to a level of awkwardness.
Do not complain about long waits and slower service
As a country who love to savor their food, their drinks and their time with friends, do not expect the service to go efficiently when in restaurants or cafes. You may be used to the American way of grabbing your coffee or lunch on the go, but that’s not at all the case in France. Just like Americans, French people love their cup of coffee but rarely, if not never, will you see someone buying it to go. More than enjoying their drinks, they love the social aspect of dining in cafes and restaurants.
Because people in France are not in a rush, you will notice that service is slower which may irritate you if you’re used to a fast service. However, since you’re the tourist, do not complain about long lines or long waits when buying your coffee in cafes.