Now that we’ve completed week one here are a few things we’ve learned so far.
1) If you set off the smoke detector three times, the hot water stops working.
2) If you stand still in Gambetta Square the pigeons will come after you like a scene from Hitchcock’s “The Birds.”
3) If you walk a 2-pound Chihuahua all stereotypical attitudes of French people no longer apply.
4) Not every gathering with flags and drums is a parade. Sometimes, it’s a strike with color and music and people dancing in the street.
Here are a few fun photos from week one.
Just around the corner and down a block is the Pizza Kiosk. Don’t all French neighborhoods have a Pizza Kiosk? No. Well we think they should!
No grocery store we’ve visited has had French Dressing, but they all have American Sauce.
Business is slow around here on Sundays. Our neighborhood butcher has found an ingenious way to get the message out that he is open for a few hours on Sunday. The smell of rotisserie chicken and duck can be smelled the moment you open the front door. But we need to be sure to get there early, by 11 a.m. they are all gone!!
One must take a second look and READ the signage before guessing what a business actually is. At first glance we thought this might be a topless bar, upon closer inspection we found that it was a beauty school.