Let's capture joie de vivre of French lifestyle
I HAVE just returned from a few days in Paris via Castle Cary railway station and the Eurostar from St Pancras.
An enjoyable time, I managed to get to the fabulous Moulin Rouge and went up the Eiffel Tower with its amazing views.
It is obvious the French value quality of life and I began to reflect upon what makes their lives so much more complete than ours.
Travelling on the trains and sitting in the cafes I was pleased to see that as a nation they understand the real purpose of their mobile phones and computers.
It was very refreshing to see young people talking to each other and discussing life rather than homing in on their mobile or tablet.
This was also a very important part in the cafe environment and when I did notice someone using their laptop it was shut down once their friends arrived.
The art of conversation has to be worked on and to see young people discussing at length the issues of the day was a delight.
Staying very close to the river Seine just behind Notre Dame, another eye opener was the evening time when large numbers of young and old descended on the river.
Many sat on the riverbank talking whilst others arrived with picnic baskets, food and wine. Again no mobile phones in sight.
At no time did I feel threatened or concerned about my safety and there was almost a carnival atmosphere as many of the youngsters waved to the occupants of the river boats.
Why is it then that our neighbours still retain the art of conversation and the ability to enjoy their lives when we are becoming more and more obsessed with technology and less able to communicate with each other?
It is evident that the French understand that there is a fine balance between work and life outside. Similar to us they are feeling the pinch but it is good to know that this has had little effect on their quality of life.
We should never forget that life is for living.