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June 19, 2012
I suppose I'm going to have to revise my opinion of the French after this trip. Throughout, we have encountered nothing but friendliness. The lock keepers were always up for a chat. Passers-by, approached, would never leave our poorly articulated direction inquiries unanswered. The waiters did their best to explain obscure culinary terms. The man who saved us from floating down to the sea, well, he was amazing. Generally, the midi French were not the stereotype of aloofness at all, although their unwillingness, or inability, to make allowances for mispronunciations, in spite of their own thick accents, was tiresome.