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11 Ways to Act like a local in France

1. Allez, Allez, to the grocery store every day
2. Sit back and Relax
3. Leaving tips
4. Time to buy Baguettes
5. Don’t overdo the wine
6. Handy with a hello
7. Kissing People
8. S’il Vous Plait?
9. Go with the French Schedule
10. Dress Like the French – Dressing like a Local
11. Tacit train travel

France holds the title for the most visited country in the world. It is more visited than the United States of America, attracting more than 83 million tourists yearly. The capital Paris is the most visited city in the world. It houses some of the outstanding museums, and cathedrals humanity has ever seen. The food is impeccable; they have some of the best bakers you can find anywhere around the globe. If you are an event organizer looking to have the ideal international meetings or luncheons, the city of Paris is an excellent choice.

Throughout time, people have come to love this amazing country. Traveling to France is not as easy, though. The problem of accommodation is not easy to handle. You have to deal with different hotels and know when to book these hotels. Various DMC – travel agents provide a cost-effective destination solution, and you should endeavor to choose the right one.

The French have a contagious Joie de vivre. It penetrates all aspects of their lives and is a huge part of the society as a whole. Many foreigners move to France to experience what it is like to live like a French. With these Tips, you should be seen as a Local in no time.

1. Allez, Allez, to the grocery store every day and the market twice a week
You should not go to the grocery store once a week to do shopping in bulk. People don’t do that in France. To be successful in your act as a Local, you have to go shopping every day. When you go to the store, you pick up only what you need for that day’s cooking and return the following day. Also, you go with your grocery bags – Stores do not give out free plastic bags.

2. Sit back and Relax
French cuisine is meant to be savored slowly and goes well with wine and a friendly discussion. The idea of fast food in France is almost pointless. Eating a croissant and quickly drinking an expresso may happen if you are in haste, but if you go to a restaurant, be ready to sit around for a few hours. Don’t be in a hurry if your food takes a while to arrive after you place your order, or if the waiters take their time to refresh your drink or bring the bill. For group reservation in restaurants, better to do a site visit to check where your people will be seated, how many waiters you will have at your disposal, clarify the timing and other topics.

French cuisine is meant to be savored slowly and goes well with wine and a friendly discussion

3. Leaving tips
In France, it is not mandated to leave tips after being served. Never leave huge tips even if your waiter delivered excellent service. That immediately singles you out as a tourist. In a lot of restaurants, tips are included in the bill already. As a group, it is normal to leave a tip as you will have monopolized the majority of the waiters for a faster and more comfortable service.

4. Time to buy Baguettes
Never buy baguettes in the afternoon. That is because of most Boulanger’s bake at noon in anticipation of dinnertime rush. The right moment to get a baguette is around 6 a.m the morning, or around 4 to 5 p.m. The quality of the bread in a restaurant is a very good indicator of the general quality level that the Chef is investing in his venue.

The right moment to get a baguette is around 6 a.m!!

5. Don’t overdo the wine
The French love their wine. They tend to have a few glasses to go with dinner but do not go to the extreme. When you drink, try not to over-do it. You will easily give yourself away if you take more take more than is required at dinner.
Always start with white wines followed by red wines but never do the opposite, or stick to one color during all the meal!

6. Handy with a hello
When you enter a place, endeavor to say bonjour. Failure to do so when you step into public space is considered rude. Don’t expect the same treatment when you step into a huge supermarket, though.

7. Kissing People
First and foremost, kissing people you just got acquainted with happens if you meet the friend of a friend. That is exclusively for women meeting men.
For men, however, they only kiss other men if they are related. Otherwise, they shake hands.
The number of kisses can be hard to narrow down. In Lyon, it is usually three kisses. In the capital city of Paris, it is a kiss on either cheek and in the south of France, it can be as much as Four.
Kisses are only done in informal situations, though. Don’t have to kiss your ground agent or your vendors unless you become very friendly with them!

8. S’il Vous Plait?
When meeting people older than you for the first time, endeavor to use the “Vous” form of verbs. After establishing a cordial relationship with them, you can use the “Tu” form of verbs.
However, if they are younger than you, you can use the “Tu” form of the verb the first time you meet. That is not considered rude.

9. Go with the French Schedule
Tourist attractions sites are usually closed by 5 p.m. Same goes for eateries too. The French usually have meals at mealtimes, and a lot of shops and attractions places close for lunch. You can plan your days better if you know this information. That affords you a better overall experience. Shops are usually closed on Sundays also, so do not make elaborate plans for shopping on Sunday. Sundays can also be a good day to organize your welcome reception.

10. Dress Like the French / Dressing like a Local
The French have an impeccable style of dressing. They are always elegantly dressed even when going to the store for shopping. Sweatpants and sneakers are a terrible combination, even if most of your day is spent embarking on means of coordinate transportation, like buses or trains.

11. Tacit train travel
The rail system is the easiest way and fastest way to get in town in Paris from Cdg airport. When landing in Nice, Marseille, Lyon, Toulouse, better to use another kind of ground transportation.
The Locals love their trains and use it most times to work, relax or listen to music. Also, always remember to confirm your train ticket in the yellow box on the platform before embarking on every ride. Playing the clueless card may save you the first time, but subsequent failure to validate your ticket will attract fines.
Since the last 10 years, the major’s cities have Tram transportation running between airport, train station and city centers.

You deserve to Try France a Different Way once in your life.
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