Things we learned in France.
Paris is beautiful.
The city is gorgeous. We had a chance to walk around a little, have breakfast in a little quiet cafe, have dinner in a restaurant away from touristy places, and watch people.
French people are very nice.
Everyone we met was very nice to us. We opened with “Bonjour” followed by “Parlez vous anglais?” and most of the time people spoke English. For some weird reason, probably because of Gordon, people kept assuming we were British and when we told them we were from Texas, we got big, surprised eyes.
French taxi drivers are insane.
If you ever want to have your life flash before your eyes, take a taxi that goes through the round-about at Arc de Triomphe. It’s an eight lane round-about. There are no lanes. I repeat, there are no lanes. It was like riding in a bumper car, because everyone slams on their breaks, cars go perpendicular to each other, and bikers and scooter riders completely ignore the fact that they are a vehicle and zip between the cars with fractions of inches to spare.
Also we saw taxi drivers and hotel staff almost come to blows over some sort of dispute regarding taking payment by credit cards. It was hilarious.
The unrest is real.
A lot of store windows around Arc de Triomphe were smashed. Security was everywhere and all the bags had to be inspected. We asked one grim looking security guard about the windows.
Gordon: What happened?
Guard: Yes. Every Saturday.
French fashion is different.
Their casual is our formal. There was a lot less kin – although it was pretty cold. If you are a woman and you want to look like a local in Paris, put on dark jeans or pants, preferably ankle length, a business casual blouse, a jacket or a cardigan, and a scarf. Seriously, 50% of the women wear some variation of this.
You haven’t had a croissant until you had it in France. Seriously. I don’t know what they put in them, but they are insanely good and I don’t even like croissants.
French Readers are amazing.
They are. So many people came out to see us. Some many people told us in fluent English how terrible their English was and how much they loved our books. Hundreds of readers came by to see us and when the signings were finally done, we were left with a small mountain of chocolate and sweets presented to us. Thank you to everyone. You guys were amazing.
We also met Luisa Pressler, who created Kinsmen art, and her partner, Klaus Scherwinski. We had some productive business discussions and we might be bringing something new to you in Kate Daniels’ world.
So what’s next for us? We are diving into the edit of the Sweep of the Blade. We are hoping to have it available to you in early summer.