After 20+ trips to France, I nave noticed a few cultural differences. The sandwich difference seems to have startled Ernest. Only two sandwiches in France are fairly thick: the Croque Monsieur (and not always) and the Pan Bagna (a sort of tuna fish salad sandwich, with lettuce, from the Riviera). All of the other ones consist of a lightly buttered short baguette with a startlingly modest quantity of meat or cheese filling; never both and never lettuce, tomato, etc. The filing is less than 1/8" thick. The French are astonished (and probably disgusted) by the gigantic, overflowing USA sandwich. It was probably the first one he had ever seen. The French eat sandwiches with their hands, but not much else; I have seen them peal and eat bananas, oranges and apples with a knife and fork. Many French bathe less frequently than Americans (reasoning: too frequent showering washes off your healthy natural protective oils and dries your skin) but they would never eat from another's plate. They would be astonished to see a top restaurant bring a single dessert, to a couple, with two forks. They do share dishes, but they are always divided onto seperate plates. The French do not eat hot, cooked food for breakfast as the Americans and the British do; they nearly become ill even thinking of it. No eggs, bacon or sausage, etc., at breakfast. Only a large coffee with milk, croissant, roll and/or bread with butter or jelly (juice optional; rarely cheese or slices of cold meats). I have read that, as a rule, the worse a nation's cuisine is, the more elaborate the breakfasts. This certainly used to be true of Britain, but the food has gotten much better in recent years.