This question starts out sounding like a personal “I met this French guy….” question, but I do have a cultural question at the end.
Last autumn, I was in Paris for a week, and one day I was standing on a street corner, map in hand, completely lost. A man stopped to help me, and we ended up talking for about an hour (mostly about travel and American politics). During the conversation he told me his first name and where he worked. Eventually, he said that he needed to leave for an appointment, and asked if I had a business card to give him so he could contact me again. I didn’t have a business card, so we just said goodbye and that was the end. I wish that I had just written down my phone number or email address and given it to him, but I didn’t. This autumn I will be returning to Paris, and I was thinking of stopping by his workplace just to say hello again. If this were an American city, I would feel okay doing that, because Americans tend to value being very open and friendly. But in Paris, I don’t know. In French society, would it be considered a violation of someone’s privacy to stop by their place of employment without being invited first? I don’t want to do the wrong thing.
Well if he told you where he worked, you’re allowed to stop by. It’s not an invasion of privacy as long as it’s his workplace and as long as he gave you the address and you didn’t look it up behind his back.
But if I understand correctly that happened last year, right? And you spent a grand total of an hour together, right?
Oh well, who knows, maybe he’ll remember you, and if he told you about where he works that kinda means he was hoping you’d stop by and you could see where that both brings you from there.
The fact that it’s his working place and not his home address for example is a good sign, home address would be creepy.
Also, as you asked me this question last August and we’re now well into the Fall, are you back in Paris? Did you stop by his office? How did it go?