Anybody who told you that everybody in Europe speaks English, is a liar. They must stay in the tourist areas. It's just like in the US. 99% only speak their native tongue. For example, the bus driver going from the airport to the train station didn't speak English. Don't you think that someone who drives people around trains and planes would speak English?
We had a couple of hours to kill before we caught the train to Besancon, so we went to a restaurant in Paris. Again no one spoke English. There was one waiter who spoke a little--very little, but he helped us. The food was delicious. I had an omelet--very light and cheesy. I wish I remembered the name of the restaurant, but I don't; but it's across the street from the train station in Paris.
|Annunciation by Joseph Pyrz|
I don't know how many trains it took to get to where we were staying in Besancon, but we finally got there. I do remember that the train ride was for two hours. We stayed at this retreat center called Foyer de Charite de la Roche D'Or. It's a Lay Catholic Community. It was founded in 1950 by Pere Florin Callerand. The community follows the spirituality of Marthe Robbins.