Le cul entre les deux chaises

An American Spaniard in France or: How I Learned to Make an Ass of Myself in Three Cultures

Footloose and Frenchy Free


I generally avoid the high-traffic tourist areas in any city I live in because I don’t like people, but I made an exception this past Sunday as I have visitors and it was la fête nationale here. For reasons I won’t go into now, in English it’s known as Bastille Day but in French it’s just 14 Juillet.

This angle reminded me of the Brooklyn Bridge.

This angle reminded me of the Brooklyn Bridge.

Alons enfants de la patrie....

Allons enfants de la patrie….

Truthfully, the crowds weren’t as bad as I expected. It was the urban filth that surprised me. Cities can be nasty places. As they say here, beurk [yuk].

Eiffel 3 feet


Author: le cul en rows

I'm an American Spaniard, living in France. I like to tell stories.

4 thoughts on “Footloose and Frenchy Free

  1. Yup, walking in the city in sandals can get pretty filthy. But Paris isn’t any different from any other big cities. I am just back from London visiting friends and I had to wash my feet every night when I came back from my wandering around.

    Nice angle on the Eiffel Tower, very original.

    • I almost always have to wash my feet at night anyway, but this day was easily the dirtiest I’d ever been. I had to soap twice!

      And the angle was new to me as well, though I’ve been to the Tower a few times. There were a lot less people there and some man made ponds that had HUGE carp and ducks and A BEAVER in them. A very nice find, all told.

  2. Sometimes you do have to give in and experience the melee. Times Square is bad, but not nearly as bad as it used to be thanks to the pedestrian plazas opening up some room for people to roam, so the real CF now is at Christmas in Rockefeller Center. When we lived there, we’d head down to see the tree, stay for all of twenty minutes, and then leave. Because we could and it cost us two subway rides.

    And as much as I hate dirty feet, I persist in wearing sandals and espadrilles around the city.

    • TSQ is one of my favorite and least favorite places. I love the big American-style movie theaters (All stadium seating! All digital sound! IMAX! 3D!) but the hordes of people make me unhappy. Also, the wax Nic Cage in the window of Ripley’s genuinely frightens me. His eyes are always watching you…

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