I am making a return trip to Paris in July and thought I would post this question to other Chowhounds with experience dining in France. My husband and I were in Beaune in 2001 and wasn't quite ready to order our bottle of wine for dinner when the rest of the dinner order was placed. The waitress stomped off in complete disgust and never came back! Another person took over waiting on us.
Is it considered rude in France to take some time to ponder the wine list? Do the waiters make one sweep to your table and that is it?? This was a more casual upscale bistro, not a fine dining experience, but I was still surprised and do not want to make the same mistake on this trip.
Before you ask...oui, je parle un p'tit francais and try to remember all the politeness required. Bonjour, Bonne Nui, au revoir, s'il vous plait, etc.
Also, I saw on some of the recent posts that you can order water that has been filtered by the restaurant for 2euros or so. Instead of carafe d'eau, what would this be called?? Le restaurant specialite d'eau Filtre??? (Just joking).
We will be there during Bastille Day and the end of the Tour de France (going to Annecy in between) so if there are any "must see/do/eat" during those timeframes, please include that, too.