Originally Posted by Bevdeforges
It seems to boil down to the social structures here in France. French people never used to move around much. Most people were born, married and died within a fairly small radius. People tend to socialize in France with their families - cousins, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, etc. the social structures here to change.
I just assumed it was the big imposing walls around everyone's yards/houses. If I didn't have a tall house, I'd have no idea what my neighbor's yards even looked like.