What to know before you visit France

What to know before you visit France

French Expert?  No.  But here are a few things I have learned and have been grateful to know while traveling in France.

Don't smile at people on the street.  When Adam told me about this a few months before we left for France I was kind of floored. In the United States, people usually smile at each other on the street to say, "you're cool, I am cool, we see each other and now we will leave each other alone; right?"  In France, people may stare at you, but they generally won't smile, because a smile would be stepping into your space.  They might think you want something or maybe that you're hitting on them... On the other hand, if you go into a shop, restaurant, or up to someone to ask for something, it is very rude not to acknowledge them first by saying "bonjour."  After all, you are entering their space.

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