Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The McBaguette

Two all-beef patties, special sauce, cheese, lettuce, pickles, no onions, mustard, and certainly NOT on a sesame seed bun!* This is the McBaguette, McDonald's newest burger creation in France.

McDo (mic-doh') as they call it here, has combined an all-American tradition with its classic bread. We brought an American friend to McDo for a taste test on his recent visit. After all, where else do you bring an American to try out the latest gastronomie fran├žaise?

Anddddddd? ...he actually liked it.

*If you're too young to remember this, it was from an ad in the 80's that challenged Big Mac fans to cite all the ingredients in the classic burger... To watch a sing-songy British version of the same, click here.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Bears or Bulls?

Translation: Wall(s) Street...

Located in Longueville, France, Seine et Marne department...

Street of Choice?

I'd especially go for living here if it intersected with Rue de Glace (Ice Cream Street). One can dream.

Actually, a pie is a magpie. It is also slang for chatterbox, so maybe I really should be living here...

This was from Provins, France. It's a lovely, well-preserved medieval city in the Seine et Marne department about 40 minutes from us...

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Math Majors

The Nine Days!

From May 2nd to 13th.


The French pride themselves on being great at math. Actually, upon closer investigation here, they are perfectly correct. If you count only weekdays and Saturdays (closed Sundays) and account for the May 8th holiday, there are nine days for this sale.

And, so why didn't they write that it ends May 12th, since the 13th is a Sunday?

Don't ask me. It took me awhile to figure this much out.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Who Won Where?

This is a really cool site if you are interested in the results of tomorrow's French election. It's from Liberation, a national newspaper here. It tells us not only who won, but who won where...

And it's interesting above here to see the closeup of Paris... The blue was for Sarkozy and the red for Holland... (Light blue is where I last clicked and was Sarko.) Talk about being split down the middle.

You can find this site here. Scroll way down to see the map of France, and keep clicking for more and more detail. You can also see results from the 2002 and 2007 elections...

Friday, May 4, 2012

A Cat-chy Expression

In French, they have a saying, "La nuit tous les chats sont gris." All cats are grey in the dark.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Cat on a Cold Brick Wall

This guy looked like he thought we had no business walking on his street. I should have explained in my best French that it's also mine... But that would have been being catty, non? LOL.

In French, they say, "Il n'y a pas de quoi fouetter un chat," which literally means, "There is nothing (to use) to whip a cat."

But the expression means, "It's nothing to make a fuss about."

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Countdown to Sunday...

Apparently, someone in Provins was not a fan...

The second and final round of the election will be held on Sunday, and results are expected that night. In the first round, I found it amusing that when the evening news came on, it began with a ten-second countdown, and then the results, as they had been counted thus far, were posted with Francois Holland's and Nicolas Sarkozy's faces totally covering the screen. No waiting into the night to see what a swing state had decided.

There will be a debate tonight and I wonder how this will affect the outcome... At this point, Holland is expected to unseat incumbent Sarkozy...

Someone in Provins would likely be happy...


After I set this up for posting the night before, I went for a walk up the street where I saw this poster...

So now I have a balanced and fair posting!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

You're Living Where?

Translation: Hell Street!

Note the church steeple down the way... I don't get it... Why, oh why, would you name a street this?

I think if I lived here, I'd be on a mission to change the name... How about Avenue du Ciel? Avenue of Heaven...