95% of my customers are found in the "Grand Ouest", meaning the western half of France (Brittany, the Loire Valley, the Southwest). I have a few outliers though, including a new one in Picardy. Even though C is from the North, he's not a huge fan of it, so besides a few trips to his parents house, I don't really know the region at all. Thanks to this new customer though, I am getting to know the area a little better.
And one of the first things I always notice about a new area is the type of houses. France is a relatively small country, at least when compared to the US, and it always surprises me how much the home designs vary across the country. In Picardie, there are a lot of red brick homes:Compare that to a stone house in Brittany:
Or to the "tuile" covered roofs in the Loire Valley:
And those are only three different areas.
The next thing I usually notice is the food. And from what I can tell, these people seem to love their friteries. You'll find little caravans like this everywhere:
They usually offer various types of hot sandwiches, all stuffed with fries. I haven't quite dared to eat in one yet though....mobile kitchens often equal questionable hygiene in my experience!