I do not wear a watch, because I do not like encumbrances attached to my body. I have never worn a ring, but that has nothing to do with this.
In Europe, I can get by without a watch. Every church has a clock, and many public buildings provide a similar useful service. Of course, all work properly. With the spread of mobile phones, I have a clock in my pocket, but still prefer a glance at a clock.
In many villages, church bells still ring out the time. In former times, this was the only means of knowing the time. Farmers working the fields could rely on the church to let them know when to take a break, stop for the day, hurry to mass. Because people were tired and had no other distraction to keep them awake, nighttime bells bothered few. In modern times, churches must put up with complaints from neighbors, whose television programs and sleep are disturbed by chimes. Many have been silenced.
In French villages, churches still wake people early (competing with roosters for the title of most-disturbing morning noise). Before booking a rural hotel, it is best to check Google Earth or Google Maps to be certain that no church is next door. Of course, one will still have endure the French love of dogs…
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.