Friday, January 28, 2005
Last night on our way home from a dinner in the Latin Quarter we took the bus, my favorite way to travel in Paris. At one point the bus is making a 45 degree left turn. I'm sitting in the back next to the window and say to my husband "boy it looks like we are going to hit that car." The car, a Mercedes, was parked on the corner illegally. A moment later the bus stops -- he doesn't want to hit the Mercedes.
The bus driver gets out of the bus and takes a look at the situation. There is the Mercedes on back left side. There is a big cement block on front right side. The bus in stuck. In addition, we are also blocking a side road.
Men from the first three cars on the side road, the bus driver and a passerby try to push the illegally parked car. It doesn't move; the emergency brake must be on. So they all work together and lift the car and move it to closer to the sidewalk.
No honking horns during this 10 minute fiasco. No swearing. No complaints whatsoever. Just a normal day in the city. After some handshaking, the bus driver gets into the bus and drives off.
-- said Auntie M in Paris
# posted by DC-Giant : 6:13 PM
# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 7:11 PM
# posted by L'Amerloque : 8:51 PM
# posted by BohemianMama : 9:30 PM
There is a nice civility w. the no honking law in Paris. You don't notice it (the peace) until you've been in town for a few days.
How about the sign on buses re: the keeping open or closing a window if there is a dispute about it? Whoever was there first decides (or am I wrong?).
Terry in SF
# posted by Anonymous : 10:29 PM
BM, I know.. driving seems a lot more dangerous in the US now a days.
Terry, I've never noticed that sign on the bus, I'll have to look for it.
# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 11:13 PM
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