In the old Soviet Union there were restaurants that closed for lunch. France was never quite that bad, but service with a smile, or service period, still remains an alien concept.
The Scene: The 5 star Waldorf Astoria Trianon Palace Hotel in Versailles. It is a historic property on the grounds of the Palace of Versailles – one of the grandest gardens in the world. The Treaty of Versailles which ended World War I was signed in what is now the hotel. I attempt to check in.
Reception. Checking in. It is 4PM.
Me: Bonjour! I’m checking in. Could I have a non smoking room please? Receptionist: Bonjour Monsieur. I am so excited! Me: Ummm. Me too! (She’s not my type, but she is cute) Receptionist: the Paris St Germain football team is staying in this hotel! (Squeals with ticklish girlish delight). They are here now! Me: Wow. Is it true that they travel with their own hookers? Receptionist: Here’s a voucher…Read More