19 August 2009

I should have bought this in Brittany

I thought we would go back to Auray again but we didn't. There were many beautiful things at the Galerie Terre et Feu, where the girls confused the owner by speaking a mix of American and British English with me and each other, then perfectly accented French with her. You can't really blame her, most English speakers down there don't seem to try very hard to speak French. There are English versions of menus everywhere. I tried not to be offended when these were offered.... On one menu "crudités" was translated, most excellently, as a salad of "rawnesses". But as The Youngest asked for a potholder "for the heatness", there must be some sort of logic to the construction.

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