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“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.



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10 Comments

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

    relevent

     
  3. brian88888

    June 29, 2012 at 1:36 pm

    great

     
  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

    awesome!

     
  6. Arkenya

    August 16, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    very interesting story

     
  7. lavina

    August 17, 2012 at 2:50 am

    nice!

     
  8. wendy

    August 21, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    relevant

     

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