Trip Start Mar 04, 2003
17Trip End Mar 20, 2003
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Here is a little video of the Chateau www.youtube.com/watch?v=KudFpoBjL38
We went to a little shop that sold locally produced honey, jellies, wines and cheeses. While we were there we got to see the ugly side of tourism. This woman came in. She very loudly screamed at the cashier "Do you speak English?" No bonjour madame, no Parle vou Anglaise. The woman seemed abrasive to me and she was speaking my first language. I can only imagine how she sounded to the clerk. She didn't wait for an answer before she brayed "how much is this?" Then she made some rude comment and left. Those are the people that enforce that stereotype of the Ugly American. We tried to do damage control. We went up with our purchase and said "Bonjour Madame, Parle vou Anglaise?" She responded wee. We talked about the shop. She told us about the sheep that they sheared for the wool products in the shop and the local bee keeper that made the honey. So with a little courtesy we got a beautiful memory of a conversation with a shop owner in Chambord, a real taste of France.
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