- Paperback: 143 pages
- Publisher: Culture Crossings Limited (June 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0964668416
- ISBN-13: 978-0964668416
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Savoir-Flair: 211 Tips for Enjoying France and the French Paperback – June, 2000
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In "Savoir Flair: 211 Tips for enjoying France and the French", she has taken numerous interesting stories or observations about an American operating in France, added a punch line (i.e., tip) and organized them into 20 chapters. What I particularly like about this book is you can read just the topics of interest if you're visiting Paris for a vacation - topics like arriving at the airports, hotels, using taxis, Metro, Cafes, French food - or you can read it all if going there on business or longer. An example of tips more oriented to those of us living in France include comments on business meals, driving, the local scene, rural living, or requesting information from the French (not as obvious as you think) - just to name a few. One of my favorite sections is the chapter on dogs.
The French can give the British a run for their money on their infatuation with dogs. You haven't lived till you sit down in a beautiful French restaurant and realize the `person' sitting at the table next to you is named Gizmo, and he's a Yorkshire terrier! Read Chapter 7 to hear about the rest of the story; including dog dirt on sidewalks. Hilarious (to an American) and true.
Mrs. Platt, an American, has a nice writing style, mixing humor with authority. She has lived in Paris for over 30 years - she knows what she's talking about; intimately. This 290 page paperback is highly recommended.
While I had studied French throughout my pre-college
years, I was a bit uncertain of my ability to
communicate, and bought Savoir Flair! feeling that it
would be help me to understand French culture better,
thereby improving the quality of my interactions with the
French. It certainly did.
I can't praise this book highly enough! It was much more
useful than the phrasebooks and dictionaries I brought
along, because it helped me understand what makes the
French tick. Thanks to its insights on how French culture
works, and what individual French persons expect in a
variety of situations, we could not have had a better
experience.I knew what to say and how to say it to get a positive, helpful response.
Thanks to the book, we even managed to bring on board our
plane over 250 lbs. of French floor tiles we bought on our
last day in Paris - without any trouble by officialdom
over weight or size! The advice worked like a charm in
each and every instance -- and even earned me
the respect of my usually prickly adult children who
depended upon me to translate on their behalf. Truly,
this book was a joy.
Before 2 hours had elapsed I used Ms. Platt's information, again: I left my bag at the hotel and stepped out for a refreshing walk. The heel on my favorite (and only comfortable AND pretty) shoes had broken. Vanity more than need was driving me to find someplace to repair them. I didn't want to wear my ugly, but comfortable shoes. These cute little Stuart Weitzman black ankle boots w/black rabbit fur inside were perfect for the chilly, wet weather. They were three years old but still wonderful. However, I was slipping a little with every step (and it wasn't on dog poo.)
What were my chances of getting a repair while I waited -- not great, I figured. Probably impossible. Plus, where would I find a repair shop. Whoops, quite by accident I saw one and stepped inside. Guess what!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book takes a different slant than a normal DK or Fodors guide book - it allows the reader to get a sense of what it is like to visit France from a cultural perspective. Read morePublished 16 months ago by J. Aderton
This book was a lifesaver on our trip to France. It explains the unique way the French view the world, and outlines ways to negotiate the country (and especially phrases to use to... Read morePublished 17 months ago by carolyn
I've only just begun to read it, but, while valuable, doesn't seem to "flow" as well as her book "French or Foe" (that one gets five stars+). Read morePublished on May 10, 2014 by Terry L Clark
I had not realized the book was published in 2000, which makes some things irrelevant. Mostly it is a fun read and I took some notes as many things do NOT change!Published on February 28, 2014 by Kathy Thorsen
Great book with lots of practical tips for making traveling and living in France easier. Polly platt also wrote french or for, also very handy tips and inside knowledge about how... Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by Kay McKenzie
Just what we needed for our séjour en France. It arrived in good shape and on time. I recommend it for anyone travelling there.Published on June 8, 2012 by Steven Michael Czarnecki
My husband and I took our maiden trip to Paris in September 2006. I bought Savoir-Flair! about two weeks before we left and devoured it on the plane. Read morePublished on April 26, 2007 by K. Beem
Unless you need fast, specific travel advice, it would be a good idea to read Polly's broad cultural perspective of France first (French or Foe), and then assimilate the more... Read morePublished on February 26, 2007 by Eldon Braun