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Old 05-09-07, 12:09 PM   #1
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One thing I learned in Paris

On my trip in Paris one thing I learned about them that we don't do is take our time. This comes from my last thread and saying lets have beer.

At lunch time in Paris. People take their time eating and drinking. Its not unsual for Parisians to have beer/wine at lunch and take a 2 hour lunch break. Their not drinking to get drunk but they do enjoy their drinks and they just seemed to be soo relaxed afterwards

Something I took away from the experience.
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Sometimes they never bother to go back to work and re-open the shop. Damn the posted open-close times.


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Old 05-09-07, 12:17 PM   #3
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Damn, I miss my long lunches. I think America would be a lot better off if we had 2 hour lunch breaks as the norm.
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And Spain...the siestas, dios mio, the siestas. I was laid-back when I went, my friends don't even recognize me now
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If you think eating lunch in the car while driving is normal - you might be an American.
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In the southern part of Italy,they do that,they too,call in a siesta.Most shops close,the streets are all but empty,especially on hot,mid-summer days.Europeans have a way more relaxed pace than we do here.
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That's why their economy is in the ****ter.
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Yeah and 5 weeks paid vacations too I just think America could learn from other cultures

Since I've been back its taken me so long to finish my meals. Its strange.
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If you think eating lunch in the car while driving is normal - you might be an American.
Especially if it's before 9:00 in the morning!
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....and six week paid vacations.
I'm sorry but continental Europe is civilized, whereas we are a society here in North America.

Europe long ago realized the value of the individual in it's population... Here in NA we are all just corporate fodder propping up the bottom line, but slowly destroying the people that make up the society with heart attacks and stress leaves and such. Watching North America mature will give anthropologists in the future a wonderful case study in how not to put a society together.
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And Spain...the siestas, dios mio, the siestas. I was laid-back when I went, my friends don't even recognize me now
I heard a report on, I think, NPR about how many people there aren't a big fan of the 'siestas'. They're forced to take 2 hours out of their day, still while working a normal 8 hour day. Throw in commuting to work, and lot of lower and middle class Spaniards have to devote around 12 hours a day just for a simple 8 hour a day job. Missing time with family, friends, etc, are among the complaints and Spain is looking into changing things.

My current job has flexible hours, and yeah, sometimes we go out and have drinks with lunch and stretch it out for 1.5 or 2 hours. Its nice once in a while but 1 hour is more than enough for me, half the time I just eat while I work and dont take any lunch. I couldn't fathom having to spend two hours a everyday at lunch and then have to stay there for 8 hours working. Haha, only so many hours in a day. I'd rather be spending time with my family and friends.
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That's why their economy is in the ****ter.
Have you checked the stats on our national debt lately?
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I heard a report on, I think, NPR about how many people there aren't a big fan of the 'siestas'. They're forced to take 2 hours out of their day, still while working a normal 8 day. Throw in commuting to work, and lot of lower and middle class Spainards have to devote around 12 hours a day just for a simple 8 hour a day job. Missing time with family, friends, etc, are among the complaints and Spain is looking into changing things.

My current job has flexible hours, and yeah, sometimes we go out and have drinks with lunch and stretch it out for 1.5 or 2 hours. Its nice once in a while but 1 hour is more than enough for me, half the time I just eat while I work and dont take any lunch. I couldn't fathom having to spend two hours a everyday at lunch and then have to stay there for 8 hours working. Haha, only so many hours in a day.
In the large cities, it has changed. Large stores and businesses are open normal hours, no siesta. The bizarre disjunct is that the population that still goes home leaves this commercial lull for merchants and restaurant owners that try to stay open, so it's hard to decide whether to go with the cultural flow or change for your workers. It's too bad, it's a great tradition...
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Unfortunately, the French just elected a conservative and they are most likely going to be more like th US in the future. It's too bad.
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Unfortunately, the French just elected a conservative and they are most likely going to be more like th US in the future. It's too bad.
I don't think the French will agree to be *that* much like the US, ever. Presidents come and go, the French are French forever.
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In the large cities, it has changed. Large stores and businesses are open normal hours, no siesta. The bizarre disjunct is that the population that still goes home leaves this commercial lull for merchants and restaurant owners that try to stay open, so it's hard to decide whether to go with the cultural flow or change for your workers. It's too bad, it's a great tradition...
Yeah, I forgot to say this is probably exclusive to large cities, and large cities = long commute and high cost of living
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I take a two-hour lunch break each Wednesday and go to a ballroom dance lesson. Some other days, depending on weather, I'll take a long lunch break and either ride an 18-miler or pop into my favorite coffee shop and just sit for a while. I start work early most days to make up the time, but no one pays any attention to when I come and go. That's pretty nice.
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I thought this thread was about sleeping with an heiress.
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I hope you are right.
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Beer in general was something I loved when I was in Europe but with every good thing comes a bad....In Ireland we watched a recycling truck go by and man!!....I don't throw that many bottles away after a party. It was amazing how many bottles each house had...I would think that would have some type of bad health effect...

We asked for Coffee to go in Paris....they knew what we were talking about but completely unprepaired for it....we got two cups with Alminum foil over the top....cudos to them for making it happen for us....we had a big day planned..lol always in a hurry...

There are many things we could learn from them I am sure..but it goes the other way as well....
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I don't think the French will agree to be *that* much like the US, ever. Presidents come and go, the French are French forever.
I agree, he is only in office for 5 years. I think he will experience much resistence!!! French seem to be set in their ways!!
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On my trip in Paris one thing I learned about them that we don't do is take our time. This comes from my last thread and saying lets have beer.

At lunch time in Paris. People take their time eating and drinking. Its not unsual for Parisians to have beer/wine at lunch and take a 2 hour lunch break. Their not drinking to get drunk but they do enjoy their drinks and they just seemed to be soo relaxed afterwards

Something I took away from the experience.
Could you summarize this post for me? I'm in a hurry. Thx.
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Why do I need 2 hours for lunch when I can eat in 10 minutes and get back on bikeforums?
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