Congratulations to Jackie and Valerie who have been running French Escapade for 10 Years! Many of their trips are for women, if you are a keen painter, they have some wonderful painting focused trips. Jackie has realised her dream of “Sharing my love for traveling and giving people the opportunity to really experience a different culture”.
Don’t be a Tourist. Be our Guest! with French Escapade
5 things not to do in a French Restaurant from French Escapade
- Do not ask for a doggy bag: I know, you would love to bring home this delicious Cassoulet that you can’t finish right now, but even if they would love to, French restaurants are not equipped with bags and containers to wrap your leftovers. Besides, it is really not the custom there and they will look at you funny. Sorry! Only order what you can eat.
- Do not tip 15%: I am sure the waiter / waitress will not be upset if you leave a big tip, but it is already included. That is one of the reasons explaining the waiters’ rudeness sometimes. If you are very happy with the service, you can leave 2 or 3 euros.
- Do not wait for the bill: Except if you are in a busy brasserie in Paris, the restaurant considers rude to bring the bill before you ask for it. So if you manage to get eye contact with your waiter (I know how annoying it can be to have to wriggle on your chair to catch a waiter’s attention), ask for “l’addition, s’il vous plait!”, or you may wait for ever.
- Do not order your drink before your food: When one of my guests ordered a “Coca Light” (with her American accent) and a pizza, and got a “Coquelet” and a pizza (a chicken and a pizza), I had to remind her to order in the French order. A waiter/ress may come first to ask if you’d like an “aperitif” (generally Vermouth, Port or a Cocktail), but if you want wine or a drink during your meal, it will be asked after you have ordered your courses.
- Do not expect customized food: Would you ask Gauguin or Renoir to remove yellow from his painting or that little red touch in the corner because it hurts your eye? Well, that’s about how a French chef would feel if you ask for a dish but without this or that. Of course, one change is tolerable but you will have to look like you’re about to cry when you ask for it.
Make sure to use magic words like, “s’il vous plait, merci” or “si c’est possible, merci”.
French Escapade are one of the dozens of fantastic tour companies that you will find on Women Travel the World.