I still like their Bread!

I found this report online and since I grew up in a huge tourist area, it caught my ear. Here is the report, I couldn’t find the actual list and where the American’s ranked:
PARIS (Reuters Life!) – French tourists are the worst in the world, coming across as bad at foreign languages, tight-fisted and arrogant, according to a survey of 4,500 hotel owners across the world.
They finish in last place in the survey carried out for internet travel agency Expedia by polling company TNS Infratest, which said French holidaymakers don’t speak local languages and are seen as impolite.
“It’s mainly the fact that they speak little or no English when they’re abroad, and they don’t speak much of the local language,” Expedia Marketing Director Timothee de Roux told radio station France Info.
“The French don’t go abroad very much. We’re lucky enough to have a country which is magnificent in terms of its landscape and culture,” he said, adding that 90 per cent of French people did their traveling at home.
“So when they’re on holiday they can be a bit stressed, they’re not used to things, and this can lead them to be demanding in a way which could be seen as a certain arrogance.”
French tourists are also accused of generally spending less than other nationalities when abroad.
De Roux said the French, not accustomed to leaving large tips at home where a service charge is automatically levied on restaurant bills, can seem “tight-fisted” compared with other nationalities.
The Japanese ranked top of the Best Tourist survey, with the British and the Germans judged the best of the Europeans.
But French tourists received some consolation for their poor performance, finishing third after the Italians and British for dress sense while on holiday.


55 Responses to “I still like their Bread!”

  1. I have never been to Europe so can’t comment. However, I have been to Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec. All the Canadians I met EXCEPT the ones in Quebec were extremely friendly. Of course Quebec is French.

  2. It has been a while since I was in France but I don’t remember it being any worse than the rest of Europe. Europeans are “in your face” kinds of people anyway.

    I think the best line was…
    ((which said French holidaymakers don’t speak local languages and are seen as impolite.
    “It’s mainly the fact that they speak little or no English when they’re abroad, and they don’t speak much of the local language,” ))

    Aren’t they the ones that get upset with us for not speaking French??


  3. Good Morning All and Happy Friday.

  4. Here Adam–

    America.gov 2008

    Washington — Japanese travelers claim the title of “World’s Best Tourists” in Expedia.com’s first global tourist survey, while the British and the Germans tie for the runner-up position. Americans rank 11th.

    In this article, the French were noted more favorably–

    (you like the bread? How about the vino?)

  5. there is one thing I did notice when I worked in hotels, most Europeans were tight fisted when they tipped– ( I worked at the Hyatt so there was definitely a variety of international guests staying there) and a few other exclusive places at one time in my life-

  6. @Adam–

    credit goes to LDG for pointing out the twitter feed–

    and credit goes to KT for pointing out upper deck– 😀

  7. and one final thought for Adam–

    running on day 18 in a row? Isn’t this considered “cruel and unusual punishment?”

  8. Hi everyone.
    *waving as she swishes through*
    SO busy here. Its nuts!

  9. Patty–

    I barely caught that wave! dang you ran through fast! 😀

  10. Patty,
    Slow down and take time to smell the coffee….or roses..whichever.

  11. doggiesallover Says:

    Twitter is not responding. Error notice says to wait a few minutes and refresh the page. i did that, but still no messages.
    Just FYI, everybody.
    I’ll be back. Just got home from a funeral for Brett. 38 years old and died of lung cancer. So so sad.

  12. Doggies,
    That is sad. A life cut short by a terrible disease.

  13. doggiesallover Says:

    It was sad. I see Adam’s Twitter is back up. Day 19! Well, we can all hope for a calm weekend w/no news and lots of nap time for you, Adam.
    Tomorrow is hubby’s b’day.
    Hugs to everyone.

  14. Cheryl,
    Wish Hubby a Happy Birthday for me.

  15. Wheeeee!!!!!!!!

    where is everyone?

    Susan that was cool that you said that Upper Deck. I hope people have clicked on the link, Adam’s Sponsor.

  16. KT–

    I have missed you– nice to see you again! 😀

  17. @doggies–

    my mother died of lung cancer– started in the lungs and spread to her bones– just an awful and most painful death– my regards

  18. @Adam–

    day 19? man– send me some of that juice you are drinking!!! Like don’t the people you work for realize fatigue does set in at some point–like about ten days ago?

  19. are my eyes blurry because Adam’s fatigue has affected me? the emoticons are shaped weird?

  20. doggies–

    Happy Birthday to your hubby– I forgot his name– threads ago you mentioned his name– sorry! I hope he has a great day~

  21. Cheryl, happy birthday to the hubby.

    It is a slow day here, or is it to hot for everyone today. We are having mild weather, only in the mid 80’s. Hope Adam gets some rest this weekend. 10 straight days working was the most I ever had to do and that was hard.

  22. @Adam

    Day 20 or day 0?

  23. doggiesallover Says:

    Thank you all for your birthday wishes. Hubby says thank you!
    Just read where Palin wants to lend her name to bipartisan politics. I think politicians will try to avoid having their name linked w/hers, now.
    I’ll be in and out, today-will check back.
    Hope you all have a good one.

  24. doggiesallover Says:

    From Fox:
    SEOUL, South Korea — A news report says North Korean leader Kim Jong Il has pancreatic cancer…
    (Most of you will probably have seen this by this time, but it’s breaking news right now.)

  25. Good Morning.
    Hope you all (y’all) had a great weekend.

    As for Kim Jong II being ill, I’m not sure if his demise would cause any change in N Korea.
    LDG……What is your view on this?

  26. @Sylvia

    re: his being ill? ~ no surprise there. He’s been in a downward spiral from diabetes for a long time.

    re: his demise ~ that on the other hand is going to hard to read. There is no way to be sure that son #1 and #2 will step aside when puch comes to shove; the country is being run by a council of 12 generals (and relatives of Kim) that looks more like the Myanmar Junta than Kim’s “glorious” Stalinist autocracy… they may just decide to run things for their own continued benefit… or they may choose up teams and have a charming little round of intramural warfare.

    The real pros at NorK-watching suggest that watching the banks in the various countries that still allow exchange with North Korea could be an indication. If more than one of the 12 families in power are moving their money out of reach of the other members of the council, then there well might be a power struggle coming. (prudent coup plotters always make sure they have money and friends they can get to when they run away after losing…)

    Hope that helps.




  27. Today’s smile… thanks to Sylvia’s “y’all” up above…

    How are these four things all the same?

    y’all; yinz; youse; U1’s


  28. Thanks LDG. That does explain things. The bank watching item is something I never even thought about before.

  29. LDG,
    I thought bank privacy laws prevent people from knowing who has money in various banks.

  30. @Sylvia

    “I thought bank privacy laws…” ~ most of those are long archaric. Even Switzerland no longer hides account information from legal inquest.

    However, given that much of what I was speaking would be “false flag” transfers (money held under a fake or alternate name), the game of finding them really is just one of espionage.

  31. woo… spelling… this time it seems important

    let’s try “archaic”, not archaric

  32. @Sylvia

    If you’d care to see one of the private intelligence providers to banks and financial agencies, specializing in detecting money laundering and doing “enhanced due dilligence” to remain in compliance with the laws against terrorist/organized crime/sanctioned regimes finances, here they are:


    They are one of the places I send clients to when they have serious “where did this money come from” questions.

  33. Thanks LDG,
    I am such a novice when it comes to these topics.

  34. my experience with French people is that they like to spend alot of money! But the def are arrogant.

    I’m leaving on wednesday! Much packing to do 😥 ughhhhhhh

  35. @Sylvia

    most welcome. happy to try and help.


    ‘Grats on getting done. Looking forward to time this summer before you dive back in?

  36. Avi,
    Are you excited or nervous about the new experience that is coming soon?

  37. Hi everyone.
    Quiet around here.
    Saturday we helped our daughter move, they stayed in same town, just a much better place. Then after all day of packing boxes, we had supper with some facebook people we’d never met. Was fun. The humidity kicked my butt tho, I slept most of the day yesterday. Seems like such a wasted day, but this body just can’t take it like it used too.
    Then Monday roles around wayyy to fast.

  38. Susan I was going to mention “your” new “grin” last week. Lots of toofers! 🙂

  39. Patty,
    The humidity finally broke here and it’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.

  40. @Sylvia

    Here’s a little more about North Korea matters for you, if time and interest suit:

    Scenarios for what might happen there next.

  41. LDG,
    Very interesting article. Guess the world will just have to wait and see how this plays out.

  42. @Sylvia

    Indeed. Should be a heck of a show, if nothing else.


    Be well and safe. I’m off to rest.
    ((departs for the day))

  43. @ LDG and Sylvia

    I think it will be fun and good, the kids I’ve chatted with on facebook are cool. But in broader terms of education and all I excited as well. Ready for the next big chapter in life =).

  44. Avi,
    Will you be joining ROTC?

  45. Sylvia,

    Yah thats my plan =).

  46. doggiesallover Says:

    We’ll be in Houston all day today, but will be thinking about all of you. Ya’ll hold down the fort, OK?

  47. Doggies,
    Are you going for medical reasons? If so I wish you and hubbie good luck. Hope it goes well.

  48. doggiesallover Says:

    Yeah, going for consult. Wish we didn’t have to. We need all the prayers we can get. Thank you for your well wishes. (To top it all off, Morris’ back ‘went out’ on him!)
    And we’re off…

  49. It’s another beautiful day here. Amazing…2 in a row. Makes up for all the crummy days last week.

  50. Doggies…. you are in our prayers

    Sylvia… we are having awesome weather today also… it is 1030 and it is only 79. The doors and windows are open, which is unheard of here in the southeast at this time of day. YEA for nice weather.

    Avi… Have a good trip here to the states and hope that it is a more direct flight than you had earlier this year.

    Does anybody else here watch the Tour de France? I am not a big cycling fan but do love to spend the month of July watching the scenery of Europe.

  51. doggiesallover Says:

    We’re home. Hit the house (and the doggies) about 6 pm. All in all, it was a good day. We both liked this dr a lot and I think Morris has decided to have the robotic surgery over there.
    *Will need puppy sitter!* No, just kidding. My g’son and his wife will hold come help us. (Again.)
    In the meantime, this dr, (Seth Lerner) is going to request the actual tissue for a 2nd analysis. Wants to make sure Beaumont didn’t miss anything, and also to make sure they didn’t find something that may not be there. Thank goodness, there’s no need at this point for another biopsy.
    We should know the results of that report in about 2 weeks.
    Thank you all again for your kind thoughts and prayers! We are blessed.

  52. @doggies

    All good news! Glad things went well and you are back home all safe.

    You’ve got a good doctor ( <–understatement )

  53. Adam Housley Says:

    OK….back! Got some sleep and got some desk time. AND….time to BBQ. New post.



  54. Avi–

    My French teacher in high school was hot– Mr. Monet– And he gave me a passing grade– so they are not all bad! And sooooooooo proud of you– stay focused….

    LDG– thanks for the info on North Korea– I was thinking for sure the younger one would like step in– much more complexed than that–

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