Yes, of course, everything was written in French and the price was in Euros but that was pretty easy to figure out. That one year of French I studied in college was sufficient for understanding the items, it was fun actually, like a game. And once I knew how much a Euro was worth I was set to shop!
I had heard from many people that the French were rude or didn't speak English or pretended not to speak English and their experience was not good in France. I, however, choose to believe it all lies in attitude and body language. Certainly, the French, I'm told are the most reluctant to learn English and I cannot fault them for that for a couple of good reasons: First, I'm not really committed to learning any other language, myself AND let's face it, English is a difficult language to learn and most of the French people will never travel to the United States. They, however, are fluent in many other European languages. That being said, I did not encounter any store merchant or waiter who was rude. HOWEVER...I was that enchanted American who could see nothing but beauty, and that came out in my body language and smile that covered my face (aka: attitude and body language). So, now back to some of those wonderful windows I shopped while in France!
OK, how gorgeous is this window?! Notice the reflection of the building in the back too...Just SO Paris!
Now that you've taken this little window shopping trip with me, I hope to introduce you to some of my favorite French foods in my next post!