Few nations have warred for so long, a thousand years, give or take. And yet, are England and France so different? More like fighting brothers, rivaling for supremacy within the family. I’ve mentioned it before, the English have no real language of their own: a simplified German grammar over 70% french vocabulary. But that language – with a little help from their American nephews – is now the lingua franca of the world. As my back-up is still in Intensive Care, I have gathered a few readily available photos of London and Paris. No need to fasten seat belts, we’ll be hopping from barge to péniches at a leisurely river pace. Above: Tower Bridge. Theirs.
Pont Alexandre III. Paris. Ours. 🙂
Theirs. Certainly has some style. (Near the London bridge. See the bus)
Ours. What can I say? An air of defiance?
Theirs. Beyond the shadow of a doubt. The French ate their last horses during the 1870 war against Germany. (Is the horse guard actually sleeping?)
Ours. Do I need to say more. 😉
Westminster. Theirs, of course. I don’t know why the Brits managed to locate their cathedral and Parliament on the same grounds. Ours are safely separated. I owe you a photograph of the Palais-Bourbon, the French Parliament, as soon as the proper files are recovered.
La Conciergerie, Ile de la Cité. (The water is as murky as its english counterpart)
Theirs. Circle and District lines.
Ours. On line 10, Boulogne-Gare d’Austerlitz. Close to Saint-Michel.
“Theirs”. The original Mini-Cooper. With Paris plates. 🙂 See the “75” at the bottom right corner? 75 is for Paris.
“Ours”. Citroën DS. With Brit plates, near Notting Hill.
Seine or Thames? Which is which?
“Je suis bleu.” I am blue. Paris, bien sûr.
Theirs. This was actually Cameron’s anti-Brexit programme. Failed miserably. I strongly urge (non-elected) Premier(e) Theresa May(be) to seriously reconsider her options. She seems to think she can negotiate a deal with the new tenant on Pennsylvania Avenue in DC. After not even a week in office, it seems clear he takes no prisoners. 😦
Thank you for sailing with Equinoxio Cruising Lines. This post is likely to be continued. Don’t quite know when. Still working on the blasted photo files. 🙂
PS. I thought I’d use the horse as a “featured image”. The horse guard is clearly asleep, and the horse is quite handsome. What think you?