Bonjour mes amis! Okay, if I try to write much more French here, Bastille Day will be over. And those of you who are fluent in French will wonder why I'm destroying the language.
I thought that I'd share some very old pictures from when I visited Paris. I had the best time. What a beautiful city. Strangely, I never felt more American than when I left the United States.
I studied French in high school and for a couple of years in college. I realized that I actually did remember more French than I would have thought. But I also carried three English to French dictionaries with me at all times! I always spoke French first, no matter how horrible I sounded.
Many people took pity on me and spoke back to me in English. But some spoke to me in French and I relished the chance to practice and get outside of my comfort zone for a bit.
The first sentence, if you can call it a real sentence, that I remember speaking in French was this. "Une serviette, s’il vous plaît?" I was getting something to eat. Of course I was! And was so excited when I actually received what I asked for - a napkin. I guess it didn't take much to make me happy.
At one point, I was talking to someone and trying to say "over there." It took me about a half an hour to figure out that it was "la-bas." For as long as I live, I will never forget that!
And this picture below, was from my second day there. I went on a group tour, but took off on my own for the rest of the trip.
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