It also has the highest ratio of trees per capita in the world. As of February 1999 that translated into 473,000 trees lining the streets and filling the parks.

  Another thing that gives it a home town flavor is that you can't walk to the end of the block without passing either a café or bakery. If you're in a bleak, run down part of town you might have to walk 2, maybe 3 blocks.

  Speaking of bakeries or the Boulangerie, one of lifes great joys has to be a fresh baguette.

  They're cheap, baked all day long and are never more than a short stroll away. But there is a certain way to eat it.

  The etiquette of the baguette dictates that you tear it in the middle. Then you tear off the piece you'd like, starting from the middle, but never the end. Once you have it in hand the only acceptable place to put it is on the table near your plate.

  Exactly why, I don't know. I'm not sure I want to know. But having a small dash of table manners can come in handy.

  There is one advantage to tearing it half, the remaining part fits easily into a plastic bag to keep it from drying out too badly overnight. The next morning you just heat it up and have it for breakfast.
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