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Elbows ON the table, Mabel

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I hope that you enjoyed the pictures of the living room and foyer. Now, I will delight you with pictures of the Dining room. Like before, because of the shape and size of the rooms it is hard to get pictures of the whole room but I have pictures of different portions.

Here is the Dining room table. I eat dinner here every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday with Wade, Davis, Helen and Madame. A few times, Madame's family has come over and we have managed to squeeze 10 around the table.


This bookshelf is in the Dining room and Madame recently moved it from another wall to this wall. How she did it, I still have no idea. The shelf holds lots of old books, family pictures, and some of her extensive silver collection.


This is a picture of the corner of the dining room with the fireplace. Next to it on the right is the doors to go out onto the balcony.


The De Sars family has a Chateau in the French Country side and that is where Mr. De Sars lives. From what I have been told, they got married very young and do not really get a long. Because of their family status and traditional values, it would look bad if they got a divorce so instead Madame lives in Paris and Mr. De Sars lives in the country side. There are pictures of the country house hanging in the Dining Room. This is the best I could get


This is a picture looking out from the Dining Room into the Living Room


Now that I am on the topic of Dining, I will take this opportunity to share with you a few quirks about eating in France.

First off, French people do not like when they can not see both of your hands when eating. It is rude to not have both hands present and they will wonder what you are doing with your other hand of it is not visible. It seems a little strange because what do you with the other hand? Well, you put your elbows on the table and your other hand is either resting on the table or holding a piece of bread.

As far as bread goes, it belongs on the table. The entire baguette, present at every meal, sits on the table. The French do not feel that it belongs on the plate. It is said that this goes back to the times when the bread was the actual plate. So, the bread belongs on the table, never on the plate.

Most meals are multiple courses and everything is not on the table at once. You eat one thing, it is cleared and another course comes. Dinner is always followed by dessert and often times Breakfast and Lunch also have something sweet following them.

French really isn't all that different when it comes to eating rituals but those are a few things I have noticed, not everything.

I am leaving for London tonight so look forward to some exciting posts next week and also pictures of the Kitchen and Bathroom. As requested, I also have pictures of the supermarket I shop at.

Au revoir.

Posted by harcegnt 12:39 Archived in France Tagged living_abroad

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