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Old Posted Oct 28, 2007, 11:45 AM
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Old Posted Oct 28, 2007, 12:39 PM
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Recently I went to Paris and I saw those "certifiée NF" signs?
For what is this ?
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Old Posted Oct 28, 2007, 12:58 PM
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Hey I know exactly where this is at, nice photos. This is where we arrived by Eurostar from London.

One thing for sure a lot of Paris can be somewhat grimmy as shown in these photos. Yet to me that is part of its charm, and I love visiting. If only the French were a bit more helpful and or hospitable. Persoanlly I didn't find them rude as many americans feel, but not the most helpful either. At least I can say the French did make eye contact, and stare at you sometimes. Its something the British in London never do, or you don't catch them looking. Yet I can't wait to visit again, already planning a trip for this time next year.

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Old Posted Oct 28, 2007, 3:11 PM
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Recently I went to Paris and I saw those "certifiée NF" signs?
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NF : Norme Francaise. it is for said that this railway terminal is at the french norm.
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Old Posted Oct 28, 2007, 3:19 PM
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sure, i wanna visit the eiffel tower but these are the types of areas i really want to see in paris.
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At least I can say the French did make eye contact, and stare at you sometimes, something the British in London never do, or at you never catch them looking. .
Visitors to London, including many English people (especially from oop North where people are friendlier) always make this complaint. You have to understand that making eye contact in London is an act of aggression! It's very rude. We respect each other's privacy and private space by not looking at each other and generally pretending we're not all crammed together in some overcrowded tube or bus. It's all about studied indifference and tolerance
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Old Posted Oct 29, 2007, 12:43 AM
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One thing for sure a lot of Paris can be somewhat grimmy as shown in these photos. Yet to me that is part of its charm, .
I agree.
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Is that Paris or Harlem or Algiers?

wow the buildings and architecture look beautiful though
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I can't wait untill the day when I can walk on the streets of Paris.
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Visitors to London, including many English people (especially from oop North where people are friendlier) always make this complaint. You have to understand that making eye contact in London is an act of aggression! It's very rude. We respect each other's privacy and private space by not looking at each other and generally pretending we're not all crammed together in some overcrowded tube or bus. It's all about studied indifference and tolerance

Thanks for clearing that up. I'm not saying its bad or good, just very different and seems sort of disconnected or cold. I know that the Japanesse and a few other Asian cultures are like this as well.

I expect people not to really stare or make much eye contact on the trains. It was the same in Paris, and this is a common practice in the USA big cities as well. What I did think was odd is when someone enters or exit and still not one person even glance to see who's around. In Paris this is when I noticed many eyes looked up or even look at you in the window as they walk along the platform exiting.

When I mentioned this to my British friend who grew up in London, he laughed about it. He and his sister said, they to in fact look around, but are usually very quick and decreet about it.

Anyway I find it interesting studying people as they go about their daily lives, and both Paris and London are good cities to observe. It was just something that I noticed was quite different between the French and the British. I guess we americans have something in common like the French, we usually people watch, and look to see who's around us in public. As you are probably aware its part of our culture as americans, we are always taught its polite to make eye contact, and of men to give good firm handshakes when we meet people.

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actually, I do tend to look at people when they get in the tube, although it's more of a discreet glance (as your british friend says) than an out right stare... I also tend to find men often have a good old peer at me, which is either nice or annoying, (depending on what the men look like - usually annoying ) (but men are basically the same anywhere in the world - and much worse in Paris or Italy!! )... in rush hour people are usually too preoccupied- reading or locked into their i-pods to take that much notice of others...
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