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I loved Paris, but maybe that was because I always spoke very bad french first, and almost always recieved answers in much better English. Speaking French first, no matter how primitive, is the key.
I do agree on that. I got far better help when I mangled a couple French words than when I tried English first. Even there, I still sensed an aloofness that I didn't feel in most of the rest of Europe. But the "start with French" is a must if you don't want to really get ignored.
If you want to rate countries by coldness, then I'd put Croatia on the top of the list for me. They were so brusque you had to be their friend before they gave you a good answer to a simple question. The one person that talked to me seriously had a dog, and I made a friend with the dog first!
Bosnia-Herznogovia, on the other hand.. The people were as a rule friendly and worked to help you.
My visit to that area predated the present countries. I hit Yugoslavia when it was still one communist state.
" Paris wasn't my favorite city in Europe "
I'd agree that as I got further from Paris, folks did seem friendlier.
The present day light show started after my visit, so that's something for the next visit. I did find a video on You Tube, below:
The light show is amazing, and I am now working on my French- I was going to France to improve it, but that didn't happen so I might have to go to Quebec to finish the job.
I want to see the REST of france next time.
Although I didn't really get to stop, the parts of France near Switzerland and Italy looked like areas I'd love to explore.