Due to the economic crisis, European countries have been up in arms to planned changes to the rights of the worker. Spain (and other European countries) had a general strike on September 29 to show the government their dislike of new plans to change retirement ages (from 65 to 67) among other plans. France, has followed suite and the country has been on strike for over a week now protesting their government's plan to change retirement age from 60 to 62 years. Quite wisely, they started striking in different sectors step by step removing necessities until the country is paralyzed. The French have always been know for their solidarity-and even now in 2010 when it's become so easy to be passive it's inspiring to see the French on the streets.
And speaking of French style...this article about an old Parisian apartment left untouched for 70 years is so romantic.