Subject: Re: friendly Parisians

I spent a few summers living in Paris, and the Parisians were almost uniformly delightful to me. I think the important factors were: I spoke as much French as I could manage, and listened attentively if they switched into English. I complimented their beautiful city, which I genuinely love, and in when I returned to bakeries or other shops, I always said how much I had enjoyed their wares previously. The friendliest people will be the ones outside the main tourist areas--this is human nature. I got pretty tired of tourists when I was going to school in Colonial Williamsburg, because the place is swarming with them; in Portland, though, the tourists are a little more rare and we all go out of our way to help them.

Hope this helps!

Sheila in Portland, Oregon