Sip of wine, a dash of France

Dec 3, 2011 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Iol.co.za

France conjurs up images of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and that mysterious lady in the Louvre.

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Froghopper

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Dec 7, 2011
 
Living in France however is quite different. One soon discovers that the reality is over priced and shoddy goods, appalling service, worthless guarantees on almost everything, arrogance in abundance and businesses that are closed more often than they are open. The public sector exists solely to serve itself and the entire country has to pay for the privilege in taxes on anything possible except fresh air which is free at the moment. It is a shambles.
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Froghopper wrote:
Living in France however is quite different. One soon discovers that the reality is over priced and shoddy goods, appalling service, worthless guarantees on almost everything, arrogance in abundance and businesses that are closed more often than they are open. The public sector exists solely to serve itself and the entire country has to pay for the privilege in taxes on anything possible except fresh air which is free at the moment. It is a shambles.
you know there is a place called an airport. I invite you to go there and take the next flight straight to your redneck state, let me guess, Kentucky, Ohio?? Then you can get plenty of your cheap cr ap at Wall mart and it will be one less fat American whining in France because there is no ketchup

~Alexandre~
Froghopper

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Alexcandre wrote:
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you know there is a place called an airport. I invite you to go there and take the next flight straight to your redneck state, let me guess, Kentucky, Ohio?? Then you can get plenty of your cheap cr ap at Wall mart and it will be one less fat American whining in France because there is no ketchup
~Alexandre~
You appear to be an odious ignoramus possessed of neither wit nor the benefit of comprehensible English. Kindly refrain from attempting to commit yourself to the challenge of argument as it is a gift you do not have and will never possess. Keep to anger, insult and gutter comment which is more suited to the lower level of civilised society where you seem to fit in quite comfortably.

“Peace be with you.”

Since: Aug 08

Clermont-ferrand, France

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Dec 8, 2011
 
I am loving life here! And I am very thankful for being able to have this opportunity. And it has nothing to do with ketchup :-)
Alexcandre

Keratsíni, Greece

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Dec 9, 2011
 
TomSawyer65 wrote:
I am loving life here! And I am very thankful for being able to have this opportunity. And it has nothing to do with ketchup :-)
You sure are now enjoying a high quality of life Tom. It must be quite change from the US. No more cheap chain restaurants, no more highways covered with ugly billboards, no more cr appy programs on TV, and most of all no more dumb low educated people.
France is nice Tom, it is a high quality place to be. The food is high quality, the landscapes, the culture, the people. Enjoy it until your visa expires, then back to reality Tom.

~Alexandre~

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Alexcandre wrote:
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You sure are now enjoying a high quality of life Tom. It must be quite change from the US. No more cheap chain restaurants, no more highways covered with ugly billboards, no more cr appy programs on TV, and most of all no more dumb low educated people.
France is nice Tom, it is a high quality place to be. The food is high quality, the landscapes, the culture, the people. Enjoy it until your visa expires, then back to reality Tom.
~Alexandre~
I will going back before my visa expires, but thanks for your worry.

I will enjoy a high quality of life where ever I go, Alex. It's not about what you have or what you can buy.

If you have ever been to the United States you will know that some towns to large cities have billboards and fast food restaurants and some towns/cities don't. The United States is almost two and a half times the size of the European Union with France being slightly smaller than Texas.

You should travel and see the US for yourself. It has so much more than to offer you than fast food and billboards. You can't believe everything you see in the movies.

But since you brought it up; the young healthy people sitting with their dogs in front of the grocery or just on the street with their cup out for handouts....are they highly educated also. Are they so intelligent they think they don't have to work?

And where did you get your education? I would like to know what school teaches you that ketchup is made from corn and chickens have no wings :-)
Alexcandre

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I will going back before my visa expires, but thanks for your worry.
I will enjoy a high quality of life where ever I go, Alex. It's not about what you have or what you can buy.
If you have ever been to the United States you will know that some towns to large cities have billboards and fast food restaurants and some towns/cities don't. The United States is almost two and a half times the size of the European Union with France being slightly smaller than Texas.
You should travel and see the US for yourself. It has so much more than to offer you than fast food and billboards. You can't believe everything you see in the movies.
But since you brought it up; the young healthy people sitting with their dogs in front of the grocery or just on the street with their cup out for handouts....are they highly educated also. Are they so intelligent they think they don't have to work?
And where did you get your education? I would like to know what school teaches you that ketchup is made from corn and chickens have no wings :-)
I have been to the US countless times, well I was forced to go with work, I never was impressed to be honest. JFK is such a cra ppy airport, I remember seeing guys selling hot dogs with these disguting trays!!! Rotten infrastructutre, highways covered with holes, new york is mostly a hellhole, only manhattan is worth visiting but a day or two is enough to see everything you need to see. It sure as hell is not Paris!!!!!

I have been to other states, I'd say thatthe southern States are MUCH better, much better people, good family oriented people, better infrastrtcure, cleaner, actually I do have very good friends in Texas and Arizona, and we communicate regularly.

America does not compare to France though. France is a jewel. Super modern infrastructure (TGV, modern highways,airports etc), it is a quality country, rich in history and culture, our food is refined, our women are pretty and classy. France is like a breath of fresh air and I cant wait to go back in a few days

Tom, I'd double check your visa expiration date. You don't want to get into trouble do you? Just make sure you don't break any laws there.

~Alexandre~
Froghopper

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Actually you will discover that France is a country still living in the dark ages. Very poor Broadband (if you can find it), unreliable public transport (always on strike) and a telephone system that is sometimes on and sometimes off. They have only just discovered what an email is. The entire country shuts down for lunch each day for 2 or three hours after which most of the French are too intoxicated to do any work anyway. Shops and businesses are almost always closed for one reason or another. The roads are dreadful and filled with dangerous speeding drivers full of red wine bravado. Being run down by a drunk is a national sport. The army acts as a Police Force and so the Gendarmes wander about with a parking ticket machine over one shoulder and a machine gun over the other. No one can speak English properly and the food is diabolical. Forget the women unless you have a penchant for malodorous moustachioed dwarves with faces like bags of walnuts. Try Ethiopia or Mongolia. Much more civilised.
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French women don't know how to shave their armpits!
How disgusting...

French men carry handbags! How bizarre ...

The French are very good at striking. They are more interested in their siesta than in any decent work.

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Alexcandre wrote:
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I have been to the US countless times, well I was forced to go with work, I never was impressed to be honest. JFK is such a cra ppy airport, I remember seeing guys selling hot dogs with these disguting trays!!! Rotten infrastructutre, highways covered with holes, new york is mostly a hellhole, only manhattan is worth visiting but a day or two is enough to see everything you need to see. It sure as hell is not Paris!!!!!
I have been to other states, I'd say thatthe southern States are MUCH better, much better people, good family oriented people, better infrastrtcure, cleaner, actually I do have very good friends in Texas and Arizona, and we communicate regularly.
America does not compare to France though. France is a jewel. Super modern infrastructure (TGV, modern highways,airports etc), it is a quality country, rich in history and culture, our food is refined, our women are pretty and classy. France is like a breath of fresh air and I cant wait to go back in a few days
Tom, I'd double check your visa expiration date. You don't want to get into trouble do you? Just make sure you don't break any laws there.
~Alexandre~
You worry too much, Alex. I think you should worry about yourself, first. Ah...you are homesick......that explains a lot!

So are you going back to Paris for the holidays? And why did you move if you love France so much?

Charles de Gaulle isn't exactly a beautiful airport either. It has smoking rooms and looks like it hasn't been remodeled since it was built in 1966.

You should fly into Atlanta or Charlotte...they have nice airports and they are in the south :-)

The US and France are two different countries and I don't feel the need to compare them. If you hate the US so much you should refuse to travel there. And don't eat the hotdogs.....you would not want to know what they are made from.
Alexandre

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TomSawyer65 wrote:
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You worry too much, Alex. I think you should worry about yourself, first. Ah...you are homesick......that explains a lot!
So are you going back to Paris for the holidays? And why did you move if you love France so much?
Charles de Gaulle isn't exactly a beautiful airport either. It has smoking rooms and looks like it hasn't been remodeled since it was built in 1966.
You should fly into Atlanta or Charlotte...they have nice airports and they are in the south :-)
The US and France are two different countries and I don't feel the need to compare them. If you hate the US so much you should refuse to travel there. And don't eat the hotdogs.....you would not want to know what they are made from.
I actually was in the Atlanta airport 3 years ago. I remember that it was a really long, huge airport. Nice and modern. As I said the south is better. The people are also better.

~A~

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Alexandre wrote:
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I actually was in the Atlanta airport 3 years ago. I remember that it was a really long, huge airport. Nice and modern. As I said the south is better. The people are also better.
~A~
At least we agree on something :-) I have lived all over the south and that's hopefully where I will be going back to!

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