Went to France for a month. Contrary to popular belief, including my own, I apparently don't speak French.

  • Posted on: 17 May 2011
  • By: Michelle

In April I rented a little studio apartment here ...

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...with a courtyard that looked like this ...

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... on a street that looked like this ...

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... with ever-changing markets that looked like this ...

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... for some sort of charming, introspective, existential, self-seeking quest.

Because apparently I thought that at some point in my life I had somehow gotten lost on the streets of a 2000-year-old French mediterranean town.

I did find several notable things during my trip:

1) A giant copy of "The Little Prince" ....

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... which motivated me to buy a much smaller copy of "The Little Prince" and read it.

 

2)The Pont D'Avignon, which, in case you were wondering, I did not dance in a circle on, because it cost five euros to do so, and a strawberry eclair and a bottle of wine seemed like a much better use of my foreign currency than the innaccurate reenactment of a childhood folk song (for the record, the original lyrics were "SOUS le pont," which I was also not particularly interested in doing. What with the water and all.) ...

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I am still looking for the other half ...

 

3) The EXACT middle-aged Frenchman that Quebeckers are picturing when someone says the word Speedo ...

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4) Babybels the size of ... uhhh ... iPhones ...

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5) Without out doubt, the most disturbing T-shirt/T-shirt-wearer combination ever ...

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6) Followed closely by the most disturbing door knocker ever ...

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7) And, most importantly, Borat's vacation home ..

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Note of interest, the name is apparently spelled with two 'R's in French ...

 

It was an interesting, insightful, challenging trip, but in the end, I'm pretty sure I didn't get lost on the streets of a 2000-year-old French mediterranean town.

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I think I will continue the search in Amsterdam next ...

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