And also, when I'm sitting in a French bar I see far more people who I think 'Oh, they look interesting' than I do in England. For instance the French women seemed to have natural hair and faces, and flat shoes and comfy clothes, whereas the British women I saw looked much less comfortable with elaborate hairstyles and high heels and lots of make-up and tight skirts and so on. I'm obviously not criticising those women's individual decisions which reflect pressures to look and act in a particular way, I'm just saying I found the French style more congenial. The men were nice looking too.
So it was pleasant in the afternoon or evening to sit in a bar with quiet pleasant music and good beer and relaxed good looking people of various ages. H and I used to do the Times crossword. Next door to the bar was 'Cafe Doris' that did fresh oysters off the quay so it was all good.