I'd like to add Freiburg and Munich to that list, come to think of it, put Hamburg and Berlin on it too. At least around here public restrooms (i.e. in train stations) are pretty clean as there's always a lady sitting there cleaning it every 15 mins or so (who wants a tip...). I'm groced out about bathrooms easily (and rightly so, just yesterday I was in Strasbourg and the toilet was..ahhh). I know a single person who doesn't shower daily but he has hippie hair, used to live in Brasil and is the son of a sociology prof, so he doesn't really count. Aside from that taking a shower in the morning is routine for everyone- france might be different but then they spend their disposable income on food and clothing rather than cars and houses (thus explaining why they might not shower every day- they don't have a nice bathroom with Grohe appliances...). You don't really need airconditioning when you don't have east-coast-style humidity, plus a decent house stays relatively cool inside (just looked at a passive-enery house that doesn't even require heating in the winter and stays nice and cool in the summer). At least here in Germany I never had much of a problem with pick-pockets, that 's more a problem in southern europe (in case you didn't notice- europe's pretty diverse). Also, what do you expect in a touristy city? Asme thing in the US, small towns are void of thtat sort of criminality here too. I don't see how the prices are such a big issue- true some stuff's cheaper in the US and some here, but then again your quality of living in the sense of culture is better over here... about evens out to me. If we make this a 'What pisses me in France'-thread (as most of the stuff applies to the Frogs) I'd like to add the clock timers in bathrooms (I want to shower or take a dump as long as I damn well please to- light went out just yesterday).