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Thursday, May 13, 2010

France - then and now.

(iwmpop-mr le marquis)
I'm asked occasionally whether France is still all about the things "traditionally French" - you know, Pastis, Vin, Fromage, Frogs legs, snails and so on.....
Well - the area I live in - Deep South, is probably even more so, due to the climate (normally) - sunny, warm, hot, not a lot of rain, but when it does rain - it hurtles down, normally short but extreme.
After the rain, comes the sun, and thousands of people out in the fields, because collecting snails is best done after rain! So - to that extent, France is still as it was.
Just a few pictures of France and elsewhere!
On the other hand, gone are the days when the French mechanic in the old, run down, cobwebby garage would take a hammer (of differing sizes - depending on the seriousness of the problem) and attack your car's motor - generally with success!
Nowadays, like every where else, they wheel out a portable computer, plug it in and get the problem immediately! Even finding one of those old garages is now quite difficult!
Certainly, on the food and drink side, changes are to be seen, particularly in the younger generations.
(Getting rarer at table but still there)
Coke and McDo are ravaging the stomachs and minds- as elsewhere in the world, even if the older traditional dishes are still available, they are done less and less in the homes.
Passing those agreeable hours at table, with scintillating table talk, and impeccable food, is rarer and rarer, with the passing of time.
They call it progress - I believe!
Even so - the dishes exist, so why don't YOU try a couple? Here are a few which can be made all over the World - in French, but use Google translation or a dictionary!
All you will have trouble finding are the guests to invite for the scintillating table talk, and with the time available to sit down for the aperos at midday, and round off with the Café-Cognac around tea-time!
(You could even invite me! For the conversation, of course!)

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