FRANCE, A NEW YEAR AND A BUMPY START

Okay, I'm still here. I've been here all the time but my transition into the new year (which isn't new anymore, I know) wasn't as smooth as I expected it to be. It's all good now, but I didn't feel like posting pictures or sharing anything during the past weeks. But now! Here are some impressions from our trip to the sunny south of France over christmas. It was the first time I spent christmas in a warm and sunny place and: it wasn't too bad. I didn't miss ANYthing. 

It was also my first trip to Nice and I must say I fell in love with that city a little bit - we just spent one day there but I was surprised how beautiful it is. I have a love-hate relationship with the french language because I've always wanted to learn it but never really succeeded in it which is why I always kind of avoided the country, being like: Pah, France, I don't need you and that arrogant language I don't speak!  I guess I had to be forced by some of my (french speaking...) family members who picked the Côte d'Azur as our christmas destination to get over that trauma. France, I still don't speak your beautiful arrogant language, but I like you!

 

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  • #1

    Gudy Herder (Tuesday, 24 February 2015 09:18)

    I realized a few years ago that I really loved Paris and its people. I don't know anything else from France. My French is so-so but I always try to speak though it's hard to understand. My impression is that people appreciate that and I have only made very good experiences. It looks like you had a fab festive time and as usual, I like your photography a lot! x

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    minamoka (Tuesday, 24 February 2015 16:41)

    I absolutely agree - I think it's a prejudice and rumour that French people don't appreciate your effort to try to speak their language, expect everyone to be fluent in it and don't speak english. I've never experienced anything like that, at least not more than in most other countries. I just wish I actually WAS fluent in it ;-) Would love to go back to Paris, soon, too. Oh so many places… Thank you for stopping by, Gudy, and sending a big hug to you!

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    mel (Friday, 06 March 2015 08:52)

    Totally agree (and with experience!) that the Frenchies love it when you simply make an effort - like bonjour and then excuse yourself for not knowing the language. I saw so many people walk up to French people and without asking if they could speak English, just go ahead and speak it. That would annoy me too. Hope that the bumpy start ended up okay? Big hugs and happy belated NY! Mel x


 

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