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  •  Now if someone would invite me... (1+ / 0-)
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    Rashaverak

    I fell very hard for Paris on my first trip there last fall, so maybe I'll get an invite when I can go back again. A few times people assumed I knew more French than I did, so we had to backtrack into English. I honestly missed that little formality of greeting people when I got back.

    As for bringing flowers, same applies in Italy, though I've read carnations are a bad choice since they're associated with funerals!

    •  We managed to get invited ... (3+ / 0-)
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      lunacat, RamblinDave, Rashaverak

      ... to vist a nice lady and her husband after meeting her at a jazz concert at a neighborhood bistro.  She quite clearly was worried when we called to make arrangements to actually drop by.  But when she saw we arrived armed with flowers, all fears evaporated (and our visit lasted much longer than planned).

      We also bought flowers for our bed-and-breakfast hostesses in both Paris and Rome -- and they practically adopted us as relatives (it didn't hurt that I spent lots of time playing with the lovely dogs of our Roman hostess).  Paris was wonderful, but I really kind of fell in love with Rome. ;~}

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