In search of the perfect cup of café…found in Cucuron and 11 things that prove you are becoming French


11 things that prove you are becoming French

  1. You become impatient and start passing French Farm tractors on country roads at the speed of 110 km per hour. (only in Provence.)
  2. Parking on the sidewalk does not phase you, in fact is necessary to do this gracefully in order to survive in France, even in the smallest village.
  3. Ouvert un peu tard ce soir, Peutêtre?  A sign saying Open a little later today, maybe? Makes PERFECT sense.
  4. You buy pink toilet paper at Le Carrefour.
  5. You lean into each roundabout like a pro, and if you have any doubt at all, you do not make eye contact with any drivers, you just forge ahead.
  6. At the supermarché, negotiating the price at the cashier station, even if it holds the line up is perfectly acceptable.
  7. Eating dinner between 8:30 and 9:30 pm is now the norm.
  8. Being in the presence of smokers is less bothersome.
  9. You do not start the day without a visit to the boulangerie for a baguette, epi, or pain au chocolat.
  10. Visiting goat cheese farms or vineyard tasting rooms (the new happy hour) on the way home from work is now what you look forward to doing. (only in Provence).
  11. Normalement is used in every third sentence. It is the French way of not being accountable.

(Normally, the store opens at 10 am, but should something happen then the store won’t be open at 10). You understand and ACCEPT this logic.

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Categories: Culinary Experiences in France

2 Comments on “In search of the perfect cup of café…found in Cucuron and 11 things that prove you are becoming French”

  1. Carol Newton
    October 17, 2012 at 7:40 am #

    Made me laugh! Now please pass me that cafe creme!

  2. November 2, 2012 at 1:44 am #

    OK – Bob and I think we are up to 6 out of the 11 right now. You crack me up – I love it! Hope to see you guys again soon!

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