All’s Well That Ends Well

I’ve mentioned that I had a wonderful time when I travelled through France with my bipeds. I was allowed to go everywhere with my bipeds and almost everyone wanted to make a fuss of me – that’s just how it should be!

I want to tell you about one evening that was a little bit different. We arrived at the hotel we’d booked in a small town. My bipeds were looking forward to putting our things in our room and having a quiet evening meal in the hotel restaurant, but the receptionist said that the chef was ill and so the hotel restaurant was closed – they wouldn’t even make a sandwich! But he said that there was a restaurant a short distance along the road.

As soon as we’d put our things in our room, we went straight back out to find the restaurant. We didn’t have far to walk. There was no menu outside, but my bipeds decided to open the door and ask if I was allowed in with them. The waiter replied that of course I was. We entered and he showed us to a table. I made myself comfortable in the space between the table and the wall.

My bipeds ordered drinks and started to read the menu. There was nothing on the menu that the female biped could eat. The male biped said that he’d quite like a steak. The female said that they would probably make her an omelette if she asked.

Steak and chips

The male biped wanted something like this, without the vegetables

The waiter returned with the drinks and asked for their order. The female biped explained that she doesn’t eat meat or fish and asked if it was possible to have an omelette.

The waiter replied, “Non, non, non!”

She then said that a plate of vegetables would be fine.

The waiter then said, “We serve meat, madame has to leave!”

The male biped said that he was going to order a steak.

The waiter said, “No matter, monsieur. You and madame must leave!”

The bipeds looked stunned. The waiter whisked their drinks away and proceeded to usher us to the door. As soon as we were through the door, he slammed it behind us!

The bipeds looked at each other and the male biped said, “You’re such a troublemaker, I was looking forward to that steak.”

The female replied, “That’s me! I suppose you think he’d have appreciated your requests for no vegetables, no garnish, no sauce, no…”

He interrupted her, “Of course, all perfectly reasonable requests!”

She asked, “Did you notice that there was only one table occupied?”

He replied, “Yes, I somehow doubt we’re the first he’s shown the door. He’s made rather an art of it!”

They both laughed and then the female said, “But what now? There isn’t much around here and it’s getting late.”

The male biped said that he’d seen a McDonald’s just before we’d turned off the main road to find the hotel. They agreed to drive there and they’d eat in the car if dogs weren’t allowed inside. We headed back to the hotel and got into the car. It only took a few minutes to find McDonald’s.

Hamburger and chips

He settled for something like this, without the green stuff

We went to the door and the biped cleaning the floor said that I was very welcome inside. The bipeds ordered their food and we settled down at a table. It was quite a small restaurant, with lots of space between the tables. There weren’t many customers, so I had plenty of room to spread out and make myself comfortable.

When the bipeds had finished eating and were chatting while they finished their drinks, one of the staff came over to speak to us. She said that the staff in the kitchen would like to come out and meet me if my bipeds didn’t mind. My bipeds said that I would like that.

A moment later I was being patted and stroked from all directions. It was lovely. These new bipeds were all telling me how beautiful I am and I found the smells on their clothing rather interesting! One of them asked my bipeds if he could give me a piece of hamburger. My bipeds agreed that I could have a small piece. It was delicious!

So, as you can see, the evening got off to a rather shaky start. The male biped was disappointed not to get a steak and the female biped isn’t keen on fast food restaurants, but I had a wonderful time and it made the bipeds smile to see me enjoying myself so much – all’s well that ends well!

See you next Wednesday!


  1. Well Clowie, I must say this , it is the first time I have ever read of McDonalds as a preferred place to eat in France. But, that said, you can tell your bipeds that I have been fanticizing about McDonalds French Fries and a Big Mac for about a week now. This happens to me about once a year, usually I resist it. But I just read that Julia Childs (I’m American, I like her) said she really liked McDonalds French Fries “until the “nutrition” regulators made them stop cooking them in lard.” With your bipeds endorsement, and Julia’s, I’m thinking it might be time for some Micky Dees~
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    • It isn’t the first place you’d think of! But you can find one in most parts of the world now.
      I didn’t know anything about Julia Childs until I saw Meryl Streep in “Julie and Julia”. She was a very interesting person.

      • Right why would you know of Julia. Her goal was to teach Americans to learn French cooking and she liked McyD’s fries! Whenever we are in Europe people assume we like McyD’s, since I do (once a year), it always presents a quandary because I know I shouldn’t! I have cooked all of Julia Child’s potato dishes……as a matter of fact I am cooking one today. Pomm Dauphin something or other gratinee….yummy~
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  2. We often arrive at hotels in France late at night and their restaurants are usually closed by 9pm – Macdonalds is usually our fall back position too! Being a true vegetarian in France is jolly hard! That said, your waiter does sound rather extreme. So glad that it turned out well for all, but especially for you Clowie.
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    • I think that waiter is France’s answer to Basil Fawlty!
      Everywhere else we went were prepared to make an omelette, or offer a selection of cheeses with salad. Many places had a starter she could eat that they would make a bit larger as a main course. She did eat a lot of omelettes and cheese on that trip though!

  3. Totally stunned by that well over the top reaction Clowie, I mean what’s the big deal about an omelette? I also avoid fast food restaurants unless absolutely necessary but great to read you were quite rightly fussed over by the staff at McDonalds!

    • Yes, he was a very strange waiter! I think he’d watched Fawlty Towers too many times!
      It only takes a few minutes to whip up an omelette – everywhere else we went was willing to do that, or bring out a selection of cheese, if there was nothing on the menu.
      I had a great time at McDonalds!

  4. What silly people in that first restaurant – imagine being so MEAN and uncooperative! I’m glad they headed to “the golden arches” – even though it’s fast food, it’s tasty (Mom says) and you ALL were treated nicely. I think that first waiter probably did watch too many episodes of Fawlty Towers! 🙂

    Hugs, Sammy
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    • Yes, it’s no wonder that first restaurant was almost empty! I’m sure he thought he was Basil Fawlty!
      I had a wonderful time at “the golden arches”, Sammy!

  5. No wonder your bipeds are the perfect duo. One eats meat and the other eats veggies! They only need one plate of food for every meal. I wish doggies were allowed everywhere in my neighborhood. Then Mom wouldn’t have to leave me home at all! I think you are wicked-lucky to eat at McDonald’s, C.

    Love and licks,

    • You’re right, Cupcake. I don’t know why they don’t order one meal and share it! They usually cook two completely different dinners at home.
      You’d love it if you could visit McDonald’s!

  6. if you visit france again, please visit me… we have steaks for your dad and my mom is a veggie-girl too… and dogs are always welcome at Casa Easy :o)
    but YAY for Ronald Mc Dponald huh?
    was the first restaurant a buffalo grill?
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    • It would be so much fun to visit you, Easy! I’m sure we’d have a blast!
      The first restaurant wasn’t part of a chain. It was just a small place that seemed determined to go out of business!

  7. I still love a McDonald’s burger! You all are such good travelers. I would have been at the end of my rope. Love the reaction of the bipeds at the McDonald’s Clowie!

  8. I bet you loved McDonald’s, Clowie. And, those photos are making us drool and wag. 🙂
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  9. Noooooo! You actually got kicked out of a restaurant for not ordering meat??? WOW!
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  10. I bet there was more to the story for that restaurant. Usually if one patron gets an entrée they don’t care what the other gets.

  11. I wish we could take our well-behaved dogs to restaurants in the U.S.! We do occasionally, but have to eat outside on the QT. Some of the restaurants that let us eat outside with out dogs in the past got busted and can’t allow it any more. 🙁

  12. We’ve only a handful of places that permit a pet to join humans and all of those are restaurants with outside seating. Uncivilized, I say.

    • Yes, I agree – it’s nice to be able to go out together. That is one of the really nice things about France – but you do have to watch where you put your feet as they’re not keen on cleaning up after their dogs!

  13. Just proof that things work out the way they are supposed to!
    I cannot believe you were both thrown out of that restaurant!! That is just unreal!!!! WOW!
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    • Yes, they should have taken me to McDonald’s in the first place!
      My bipeds were a bit shocked at being chucked out!! I don’t think either of them have been thrown out of anywhere before that!

  14. Sorry, but Mom can’t stand France, too many of those bad experiences there. She wishes I was not a French Scent Hound, but since I was never in France it is okay. Sorry you had such a rude experience but it all ended well.
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  15. Omigoodness! Forced to eat McDonalds in France! That’s a first. I clicked this post because of the steak photo. 🙁
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  16. No wonder that restaurant had few patrons. How rude! (Kind of sounds like the “Soup Nazi” episode on Seinfeld.) It’s so nice that dogs can pretty well go everywhere in parts of Europe. It’s the same in Germany, where I was born. I’m glad your story has a happy ending. You must have loved all that attention, Clowie! 🙂
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    • I’ve just spent half an hour on Youtube and it’s all your fault!! (I hadn’t seen that episode.) Our waiter even looks like that guy – I think our waiter was his dad!
      I did enjoy the attention – it’s always great when people want to make a fuss of me! It is nice when dogs can accompany their bipeds, it makes it more relaxing for the bipeds and lots of fun for dogs.

  17. Awesome post… Wishing you a wonderful wekend Clowie. Love, Aquileana 😀

  18. Haha!! That was a surprise!! My human’s first experience of McDonalds was in France, in Sarcelles! It was truly delicious. Never again though did she enjoy it quite so much! MOL
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  19. This was such a great story. It’s so unbelievable that you would get treated better at McDonald’s than at a nice restaurant! I don’t know though….that steak looks better than a burger. But I bet that by that point the bipeds were so hungry it didn’t matter!
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    • Thank you. My bipeds said that the staff in that McDonald’s were really nice. You’re right, the bipeds weren’t too worried what they ate by then – they just wanted to get rid of the hunger pangs!

  20. Yikes! what a rude person! But that evening certainly took a turn for the better Clowie
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  21. It’s awesome that they invite you into restaurants in France Clowie. I wish we were so accommodating here in Canada. I can’t imagine being ushered out of the first restaurant just because you weren’t going to order meat. That’s just weird. Are there no French vegetarians? I’m also vegetarian and will have to remember this next time I’m in France.
    I guess McDonalds saved t he day. I never eat there at all. The smell of the food makes my tummy feel terrible. But, desperate times call for desperate measures, LOL I’m glad you got lots of attention too and a tidbit of a treat. You’re such a good doggie xo B
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    • Being able to go almost everywhere is one of the lovely things about France. I think that French vegetarians are still a small minority. Most places we went to eat were prepared to offer my biped an omelette or a cheese salad. Some places had a starter that they were happy to make larger as a main course.
      I had a great time at McDonald’s and my bipeds were so tired and hungry they really didn’t mind.

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