The Ice talk really brought back fond memories of a trip I made to France in college. I was there for 10 days, and experienced the exact same thing. After getting one or no ice cubes with my drinks for 9 days, I semi blew up at the bar tender at our hotel when I ordered a coke with ice before we were leaving for the day, one morning. He asked me one lump or two. I SAID NO, I WANT ICE. I found later that in many of the countries in Europe tax electricity, natural gas and gasoline incredibly. They were paying $4.50 per gallon for gasoline 30 years ago when we were paying $.75, and $3.50 of that were taxes. Electricity is taxed the exact same way. To save money, most restaurants have very limited freezer and refrigeration space for necessities like Ice. Conversely, that's one of the reasons why most of the food there is so good. It's mostly bought fresh every day.