How I Love France. in Caravan Holidays Abroad Posted September 8, 2017 · Edited September 8, 2017 by RobJS Having just returned from a tour of France, I can't begin to describe the feeling of complete and utter fedupness I am experiencing. I love the slower way of life and the formality they use in their normal day to day meeting and greeting. The kissing and the time taken to talk is something that just doesn't happen in my part of the UK. Sitting in a restaurant or bar and a new visitor arrives and they are almost bombarded with "good evenings" from those already present. These are total strangers being convivial, it doesn't happen here. It makes a huge difference to show this level of mutual respect and friendliness. Life is so much less stressful when people exchange niceties. I found the food to be just as wonderful as ever although the exchange rate played it's part in making everything a little more than it used to be. Still a big gap between our food and theirs, the quality of just about everything we bought was usually of a much better flavour than we can muster in the UK. The markets in France are as ever, very well attended and you have to be early to pick up the best choices of fare. Restaurants seemed just as good as ever and I must admit to having spent far too much time in them. IMG_2797. JPG The seafood was found in La Marie Galante in Audreselles just south of Calais last Friday. It was epic, Lobster and a huge crab, both slit in two, Langoustines, Prawns, shrimp, Clams, Mussels, whelks and a dozen oysters. Stunning. I entered myself into a Petanque tournament at one of the sites, losing two games but winning the third. Having never played before, I found it to be good fun and a great way to meet the other people on the site. From that moment on I was surrounded by friends and the bar was always somewhere to have a good broken French/English chat. Such lovely people. Mention Brexit and they all seem sad that we don't want to be part of the team. The Dutch are flabbergasted that we're going from my experiences on sites. Let's be honest that Holland is empty in the summer because the Dutch are touring in their caravans! There are so many of them wanting to talk about the loss of their "friends" as they put it. When I returned home on Sunday I realised that almost the first thing I did was to jump into my laptop and search where to go in France next Easter. Sounds like you've been bitten and Im with you 100%- i hope you do return and enjoy it- if i have any advice for repeat visits? listen to the french radio when there, see words you don't understand? note them down and find out. you will be amazed how it opens up the country to you. i downloaded an app for my phone and its brilliant for understanding the language but i am also undergoing french tutoring which is very difficult but whoever said that good things were easy to come by! Ive been there this week and my challenge was to read the words on signs and challenge myself to their understanding. small steps. speaking as much as possible in french really does help. Edit, actually maybe i am with you 99%...... i hate seafood! haha!