Thursday, March 16, 2006
There's Nothing Like Southern Hospitality
I had planned on seeing the Picasso museum today but due to the strikes, it was closed. Instead my friend, Seb, and I went to Musée Carnavalet. It is nice because there are rooms decorated in the various period styles. Also, there are many paintings and models of how Paris has looked throughout its history. These pictures are from the courtyard. The statue is Louis XIV.
However, the best part of today was meeting some Americans from Mississippi. It was nice hearing a Southern accent again. Two American students and I passed them while we were looking for some place to eat and being Southern, I just started talking to them. Obviously the whole family was on vacation and they seemed to be having a good time. We told them goodbye and walked on.
After a few feet, we realized the father was following us up the street. He asked us to come back and speak with his daughter about moving to Paris. He explained that she is 18 and wants to move to Paris to study. Apparently French wine was very friendly to this man and he was quite intoxicated, so I wasn't really worried that he had followed us down the road to talk to us. We went back to the restaurant where the family was eating, spoke with the daughter for about 15 minutes, and decided to eat there. The father kept thanking us, and I think, had I not known he was three sheets to the wind, his behavior would have seemed excessive, but hey, I'm in France.
The family left; we had a very French dinner, meaning we ate for about 2 hours and I went to get the bill. Here's the great part-the man had paid for us without even telling us. How cool is that?! I love Americans!