Savoir Flair!: 211 Tips for Enjoying France and the French

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Which words of French unlock a warm welcome? What should you expect in French hotels? Taxis? In café restrooms? What is the code for getting great customer service? What is all the fuss about food and French restaurants? Do you know how to charm French waiters? How to entertain business contacts? How to intrigue French women and French men? France has had 2000 years of being different. Some love it and come home with stars in their eyes. Others return frustrated and vengeful, complaining. Too many monuments. Too ...
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Overview

Which words of French unlock a warm welcome? What should you expect in French hotels? Taxis? In café restrooms? What is the code for getting great customer service? What is all the fuss about food and French restaurants? Do you know how to charm French waiters? How to entertain business contacts? How to intrigue French women and French men? France has had 2000 years of being different. Some love it and come home with stars in their eyes. Others return frustrated and vengeful, complaining. Too many monuments. Too many stairs. Too many rude people who don't speak English.The purpose of Savoir-Flair is to put those stars in your eyes.To give you confidence that the French are wonderful. That they'll be wonderful to you.. That they've made a wonderful country. You'll be dazzled at the unexpected and laugh at the misunderstandings. You'll love the French.

Savoir-Flair is about being in the French sense: knowing how and knowing where. Think of France as a new game, with rules that you need to know, just the same as if you wanted to learn how to play tennis or chess. It's about Frenchness, about being comfortable with a few words of the language, about Paris and Parisians, and about waiters, women, getting information, dogs, bathrooms and driving in rural France. Travelers tell their tales of generous French help and the automatic French response: "It's nothing. Ç'est normal!"

Savoir Flair's 211 Tips for Enjoying France and the French are for foreigners who are curious about the solutions of a very old culture that has given us Pasteur and the movies, Degas and the Concorde, Versailles and Yves Saint Laurent, Chartres, champagne and Brigitte Bardot, credit cards with chips.... not to mention great chefs, and Mont Saint-Michel. "We''ll always have Paris."

Join Polly Platt for a romp through the Paris you're looking for, and la France profonde (rural, "deep" France).

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Editorial Reviews

June Sawyer
Savoir-Flair is a fun and entertaining guide to French cultural do's and don'ts. Anyone contemplating a visit to the City of Light and environs -- whether for business or pleasure -- would be the wiser for picking up this book.
Chicago Tribune
Theresa Conroy
In Savoir-Flair! Polly Platt not only offers practical information, but helps span the cultural divide by giving explanations for what appear to be obscure and peculiar French customs. Her advice can help visitors maneuver their way from Charles de Gaulle Airport to an important business meeting in Paris.
Philadelphia Daily News
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780964668416
  • Publisher: Culture Crossings Limited
  • Publication date: 6/28/2000
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.43 (w) x 8.23 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Part I: The Savoir-Flair of Enjoying Your First 24 Hours in Paris

Chapter 1: Enjoying your Arrival
  • emergency assistance at Orly Sud Airport
  • at Charles de Gaulle Airport: ATMs, phone cards
  • which transportation to Paris? Bus, train, shuttle, taxi?

Chapter 2: Enjoying Your Hotel
  • where is it? how is it? what is its name?
  • my adventure in Toulouse

Chaper 3: Enjoying French Bathrooms
  • in hotels and cafés
  • in other public and private places

Chapter 4: Enjoying Paris on Foot
  • helpfulness of Parisians
  • crossing streets, a stroll through 1,000 years

Chapter 5: Enjoying Speaking French
  • the all-important expressions and shortcuts (bluffs)
  • street expressions to avoid, deceptive French words (faux amis)

Chapter 6: Enjoying Paris on Wheels
  • in taxis and buses, on the Métro, the RER, the Seine, in buses
  • driving, cycling, rollerblading
Part II. The Savoir-Flair of Enjoying Daily Life
Chapter 7: Enjoying French Dogs
  • dogs are different in France
  • City Hall's dog poop wars

Chapter 8: Enjoying getting Information
  • French logic

Chapter 9: Enjoying French Customer Service
  • French and American expectations
  • travelers who got it and travelers who didn't

Chapter 10: Enjoying the Local Scene
  • the Post Office, open markets
  • the barber/hairdresser, the movies, the pharmacie
  • department stores, going to church

Chapter 11: Enjoying Finding Something You've Lost
Chapter 12: Enjoying being Young in Paris: teens and early twenties
  • in French families: hot water, long meals, etc.
  • flirting, la bise, where to meet a young man/young woman
  • early teens

Chapter 13: Enjoying being a Woman or a Man in Paris
  • la séduction
  • fidelité or not fidelité?
Part III. The Savoir-Flair of Enjoying Cafés and Restaurants in Paris
Chapter 14: Enjoying Cafés
  • the corner café, café geos, literary cafés, café philos
  • café customs

Chapter 15: Enjoying French Food
  • the great French delicacies
  • the great chefs: what they say and write

Chapter 16: Enjoying French Restaurants
  • French waiters are special: their language and prestige
  • travelers' tales
  • the celestial 3-stars

Chapter 17: Enjoying Business (and pleasure) meals
  • suggestions of where to go, with whom and when
  • restaurant manners
  • hosting a business lunch: seating, eating, drinking
Part IV: The Savoir-Flair of Circulating in France
Chapter 18: Enjoying the SNCF (the French railroad)
  • why the TGV (the bullet train) is wonderful
  • six foreign-passenger SNCF adventures

Chapter 19: Enjoying Motoring in France
  • expressway habits, road regulations
  • handling a rented car and road maps

Chapter 20: Enjoying Bicycle Tours
  • your own tour, a group tour
  • following the Tour de France

Chapter 21: Enjoying Life in the Countryside
  • renting: why, where and who from
  • dealing with local trades people
  • the Dordogne: the new (old) English colony

Conclusion
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