Sunday, February 21, 2010

French word of the day: Marché

[French Bruno.]

Marché (with an accent on the "e" because otherwise it commands someone to walk), is french for market. There are tons and tons of markets throughout the country as the French take their food and quality of food very seriously (essentially it's the national pastime). These pictures are from this week's edition of the Ferney-Voltaire Saturday market. My favorite is the picture of the St. Bernard who I was just waiting for to just engulf an entire wheel of brie and no one even see it - I mean, if a Jaffe Bruno can take down 3 McDonald's double cheeseburgers and the newspaper they sit on in one silent gulp, I have no doubt in my mind that a French St. Bernard couldn't do the same with a wheel of brie. This week was much busier at the market than last week as the weather was nicer and some of the country is on holiday - yes, France takes a lot of holidays and I believe this one is the national ski holiday (1 week), however in order to keep the ski resorts in the Alps from getting too overcrowded they schedule the holidays for children in varying weeks. I think the French have a good thing goin' for them right there. Seriously why haven't we thought of this? This week could be Pitchers and Catchers Holiday Week in Philly where Philadelphians migrate down to Clearwater to watch Spring Training. Boom. You're welcome.

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