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That’s it, we are going back. Spending a few days in New York is always re-energising, I don’t know why.

 This week was more emotional than I thought. I was browsing, just for fun, the immigrants database from the Ellis museum and found out that 3 of my great-great uncles (brothers of my great grandfather) had come here from Italy in 1907,1908 and 1913. My great grandfather emigrated to France around 1900. I knew nothing about this side of the family. What a surprise ! I wonder where they are now.
On a lighter note, I found out that:
1. Road rage is pretty widespread in NYC. Drivers keep tooting their horns all the time, especially for silly reasons. They don’t seem to understand that pedestrians sometimes need to cross the road because it slows them down when they are making a right turn.
2. Run rage is pretty big too. People who run in Central Park expect you to move as soon as you see them or they will call you birds names. Even if the pathway is empty.
3. American children can be very, very loud. In a way that I didn’t even know was even possible. And I am the mother of two very active daughters. Maybe it is something in the food?
4. In a restaurant, always take the smallest portion. It will be enough to feed two persons.
5. I bought our breakfast every morning at the local Starbucks. The very same thing every day. I paid a different amount every day. I was to jet-lagged to say anything anyway. On average I paid the right amount, so why fight?
Anyway, time to go back home now. In London. In fact, I am a bit sad to have to leave. 
Muriel – A French Yummy Mummy In London
  • No one ever accused straybucks of consistency…

  • I’ve written about how quiet French kids are compared to American ones. I don’t know if it’s a recent thing or if it’s always been that way.

  • SarahHague

    Isn’t NYC built on granite? I think it’s the waves of whatever that seep up from the stone that excite everyone.

    Glad you enjoyed it and had an interesting time discovering your ancestors.

  • Ann Mullen

    What are the bird names they called you? My naughty vocabulary doesn’t include any. The reason kids are loud in New York and other places in the Northeast is that there are so many horns honking the kids have to yell to be heard. I have visited relatives in New Jersey and had to leave a party once since I didn’t know anyone and they were way too loud.


    Run rage is new to me! Starbucks inconsistency is not!

  • Carolina HeartStrings

    So you have some Italian blood? I had Italian kin go through Ellis Island too. Perhaps we are related đŸ™‚ Enjoyed your observations.

  • SueraeStein

    Birds names? I’d love to hear what those are! Yes, road rage is rampant in NYC. I think taxi drivers are the worst. Those loud kids then become the loud taxi drivers or the bird name callers in Central Park!

  • Carol

    Loved your post. I’m always sad to leave NY. I sometimes even miss the horns!!

  • Sweepy (A D Joyce)

    The things we take no notice of living in this area … Loved hearing it from a visitor’s perspective! đŸ™‚

  • MuMuGB

    Thank you. I love NYC.

  • MuMuGB

    Me too. It is too quiet in London. I can’t sleep!

  • MuMuGB

    Let’s just say that runners in Central Park take themselves very seriously….

  • MuMuGB

    I do have Italian blood. My grandfather is from Sardinia. His dad emigrated to France, other brothers went to the US. I found out that there is a Demarcus (my family name) reunion every year in Texas. I am toying with the idea to go…

  • MuMuGB

    Run rage does exist. As for Starbucks inconsistencies, I think that I am so used to my little coffee shop that I had forgotten how unreliable Starbucks was.

  • MuMuGB

    Let’s just say that it wasn’t sweetie or darling. As for the kids, I really don’t get it. Maybe I am just getting older and less patient.

  • MuMuGB

    It must be the granite. As for my family history, I had no idea about the American branch.

  • MuMuGB

    Neither do I. Maybe, just maybe, we are becoming less patient.

  • MuMuGB

    I certainly wouldn’t !