The sun called out enjoy the day.
French Husband and I hopped in the car,
lunch in Aix.
Sounds so glamourous, but it is just the town next door.
Lunch in France, don't be intimidated by the linen tablecloth
and napkins... that is just how it is in France.
Eating is dining even at McDonald's.
Rarely, do you see anyone walking around eating or carrying a a cup, and when you do it most likely is a tourist, or Corey Amaro eating a pain au chocolat at the brocante.
Dig or not dig the short hair.
In France you do not need a clock to tell the time. Just see what the French are eating or not eating. Then you will know the time.
I would say never, but that would be too extreme, so I'll say:
Rarely do the French eat in between meals... Quelle scandale!!
Breakfast before 9, and breakfast is not hash browns and scrambled eggs.
So don't bother looking for a breakfast menu unless you are in a hotel.
Zero until lunch.
Lunch 12:30 until 2:00pm,
Coffee at 2ish,
Goutee (a snack) tea, Hot chocolate, a pastry.... 4ish until 6pm,
Aperitif 6ish until 8pm
Dinner is served after 8pm.
When I first lived in France, the best time to go shopping, to avoid the lines, was between noon and 3pm.
Blurry iPhone photo!
Those flowers were fake, I couldn't believe it. I asked the waiter, "Who is the florist?"
He replied, "They are fake."
"Wow! Fooled me! Okay, who is the florist?" I asked again.
He looked at me like I was oddily...."FaaaaaaaaaaaaaaKe."
I took a photo anyway.
We arrived at 12:15, without a reservation.
We had a seat by the window. Lovely.
By 12:30 the three floor restaurant was packed.
(Irina, do you remember having lunch here when you were in France?)
In France the formule is a pre selected menu by the chef.
Better price. It is also called, "The Menu" or "Fixe Prix"
If you are in France and go out to eat look for it, often it is at the back of the menu.
Tips are included.
By the open market.
You know how in the States when you eat an Oreo cookie (as kids) you split it apart and scrap the white frosting out with your teeth? Well in France when before you bite into a Creme Brulee you tap it with your spoon and listen for the crack.
Sorry I didn't save you a bite.