Boy do the French like to stare!
At first I thought it was just me being paranoid, but other people have since mentioned it so I figure it’s safe, blogging territory! So oh good lord, what are they looking at?
I have yet to establish if the staring is solely direct at the English, or ex-pats as a whole, or just anyone at all, but good god can they stare. It’s that makes-you-feel-you-stick-out-like-a sore-thumb-and-pray-the-ground-will-open-up-and-swallow-you-whole kind of stare too. It doesn’t seem to express interest, or attraction, or a desire to engage in communication, it’s just a stare.
I would photograph it, but I’m incredibly concerned that the photographee would march up to me and stare right in my face! I’m not so good with the confrontation, at least not with strangers!
Are they just nosey? Rude? Sick of seeing ex-pats? Wanting to scare off those “not from around these parts?” Whatever it is it’s rather uncomfortable. No. Very uncomfortable, and a definite down side to life in France.
Of course, due to the size of France and it’s population, the chances of seeing anther person are greatly reduced, and that appeals to me!