Thursday, September 30, 2010

Back from France

After a whole month in France, which happens to be one of the most civilized nations on the planet in spite of the right wing racism of its president and its current governing class, I'm back in the nation of my birth and my citizenship.

A lot can be said for the USA, but you France-haters out there who think that you are sooo fucking superior to the French can baisez mon cul. You really don't know merde about France

Only a couple times, during a whole month of driving from Paris to Verdun to Aix-en-Provence to Nice to Millau and back to Paris did we encounter "assholes", and they were the same kind of assholes you can -- and will -- encounter anywhere.

Right now I am jet-lagged beyond endurance. Give me a few days to get it together again...


jae said...

Welcome back!!

So you went to where Vincent lived out the last years of his life...I always wanted to go there.

Hope your journey was magical.

You were missed.

Farnsworth68 said...

Thanks, jae. We actually got to spend three days in Arles, where VVG spent some of his most productive time -- as he was slowly going nuts. That's where he threatened Gauguin with a razor and later that night cut off his own ear with it. The cafe where he threatened Gauguin is still there, and still looks as it did when Vincent painted it in 1888.
Except for driving in Paris -- a nightmare at best -- trip was terrific!

Katy said...

Glad you're back safe and sound, I've missed your sarcastic take on events in the news. Heh.

Marc McDonald said...

Welcome back. I went to France myself last year. I'd always heard about the French were supposedly so snooty and how the waiters supposedly were rude.
My experience was quite different. I didn't encounter a single unfriendly waiter. In fact, they were very warm and friendly---despite the fact they were working in August (the month when virtually the whole nation shuts down for vacation).

BTW, even the most "far-right" politicians in Europe are actually well to the left of U.S. Democrats on most social issues.

Farnsworth68 said...

Thanks, Katy and Marc. I've found that pretty much everything the noisy voices of our country have said about the French are wrong. Imagine that...
One of the best books we read in preparation for our journey is Sixty Million Frenchmen Can't Be Wrong: Why We Love France but Not the French. Highly recommended for its unique insight into the people of France.