47. "The French villages are pigsties. They pile their manure right in front of the houses or in the court-yards."

     Some French villages are pigsties. Others are not. They do, on the whole, look much dirtier than our small towns; they are a lot older, too.

     The malodorous custom of piling manure in courtyards or in front of houses is practiced in many villages throughout Europe, including many German villages in south and central Germany (for example, Geislingen, Walldorff, etc.).