“Orange” You Glad You’re Going to France?

20 Feb

As I continue to read the book C’est La Vie, the author goes to visit some friends in northern Provence in a village between Orange and Vaison-la-Romaine.  I couldn’t help think of  all the children’s knock knock jokes I have repeated when my children were young.  My modified rendition of one goes like this:  Knock, Knock.   Who’s there?  Orange.  Orange who?  Orange you glad you’re going to France?”

Yes,  that was a groaner,  but it does communicate one light-hearted truth:  I am very glad and excited about going to France – and now perhaps to the town of Orange!

When I checked out Orange on the internet, I learned that it is 30 minutes from Avignon which is where  we are heading  when we leave Paris.    I also learned that Orange has one of the best preserved of all the great Roman theatres. In one of the guidebooks I was reading, the author commented that so many people go to Italy and are disappointed since they must exercise a lot of imagination as they view the historic ruins.  However, in France, so much of its history is so well preserved that we gain a greater sense of what it was like in the past.    Anyways,  the  Roman arch in Orange is considered one of the most beautiful and interesting surviving examples of a provincial triumphal arch from the reign of Augustus! It is classified as a Unesco world heritage site. Well, perhaps we will make a point of driving through this village.

I learned a new French word from Susie Gershman’s memoir  as she relates a humorous story about trying to meet some men by going to a firemen’s ball.  She didn’t realize that  “of the dozen or so firemen’s balls in Paris,  a few are PD, as gay is referred to in French.  My guidebook had failed to mention this little detail.”  Apparently, PD is short for pederaste.  (Unfortunately, I haven’t figured out how to add accents to correctly spell some French words!!)  I rather suspect though that this isn’t going to be one of my more helpful vocabulary words to add to my limited French vocabulary.


Posted by on February 20, 2012 in Uncategorized


10 responses to ““Orange” You Glad You’re Going to France?

  1. jarek

    June 26, 2012 at 7:04 am

    very great

  2. brandon

    June 27, 2012 at 2:29 pm


  3. brian88888

    June 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm


  4. Dorri

    June 29, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    Relevant human story

    • gjervis

      July 1, 2012 at 5:03 am

      Thanks for your kind comment.

  5. harrison

    July 26, 2012 at 1:47 am


  6. Arkenya

    August 16, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    very interesting story

  7. lavina

    August 17, 2012 at 2:50 am


  8. wendy

    August 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm



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