Sunday, April 12, 2009

Paques


Yes, it's Easter, Passover, Pâques... And I already told you the story, but you may have forgotten it. So here it is again... "In France, on the day of Easter around noon, kids are told to search for eggs (generally made of chocolate) in the garden of their house (or on the balcony if they live in an apartment). These eggs are supposed to have been brought back by bells that just returned from a short trip to Rome (home of the Vatican) to be blessed by the Pope." And BTW, we're off on Easter Monday - not on Good Friday - so I still have a day off ahead ;-) If you wonder where this photo was taken, well... I do too. Because I forgot where it was, even though it was not that long ago. As we say in French "I have the memory of a goldfish!"

35 comments:

  1. It would be fun to make a gsme of "who can guess the church" but it won't be me! I'd rather look for chocolate eggs or chocolate covered matzohs

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  2. excuse me while I dip my GF crown in chocolate!

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  3. Happy holiday everyone. And especially to you Eric. May you find all of your eggs on your balcony in time before they melt...

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  4. Enjoy your chocolate, Eric—and your day off.
    Happy Easter!
    Congrats, GF Phx. Mmmm, chocolate on the crown.

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  5. Could be Eglise Saint-Louis-en-l'Ile in the 4th ? The one you spoke about in your last February 18th post. Don't know this Eglise though. But there's something with the floor, maybe.
    I'm sure you have the memory of an elephant, not the one of a goldfish :) Recently read that emotions were at the origin of our memory. Hmm, what about your emotions, Eric?

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  6. I think it's the church near Hotel de Ville, but not St. Paul's...

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  7. That looks like it may be Sacre Couer! Have you been there in the past couple weeks to take photos?

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  8. Shadows and light play in the dark recesses of the ancient churches of Paris, and this one is no exception. I always see beauty in them, and mystery, too.

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  9. Ah, the bells! We don't see many of these out here but many bunnies and eggs instead. I miss the beautiful chocolate displays and the small bags of eggs at every Boulangerie/Patisserie's window. Enjoy your day off, Eric!

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  10. Easter Blessings to you, Eric!

    I've never heard of the story of the bells before. Very interesting and thank you for sharing it. I also like the phrase about having a bad memory. Funny.

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  11. Beautiful photo Eric. I used to hide eggs for my sons when they were small too! They still have eggs from me but I don't make them search these days! Since I'm not overly religious, the Easter Bunny brings them. We have Monday off too. Enjoy it Eric!

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  12. Happy Easter dear Eric and everybody else!!!

    May you have a blessed sunday and enjoy your monday off!

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  13. What an incredibly beautiful image Eric. Thank you.
    V

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  14. Goldfish have memories??? $#@#$#@ I'm screwed :-S

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  15. Pertra, you brought a new meaning and viewing to my church experiences.

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  16. A special crown is in order for his Lordship Michael who nailed the location of that crucifix (speaking of nailing): Eglise St Gervais St Protais, it is. Who cares about goldfish when Michael is around? I’m just bowled over.

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  17. PHX, I don't know how I did that but I hope it's good.

    Ancient churches--the buildings themselves--have secrets. At least it seems so to me.

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  18. Better to have the memory of a goldfish than the lifespan of one! (Which explains the memory!)
    Happy Easter, Eric.

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  19. Happy holidays, everyone. May you find plenty of chocolate. (And unlike a goldfish, remember where you stash it!)

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  20. Beautiful photo. Happy Easter to Eric and everyone at PDP!

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  21. Eggs, chocolate bunnies, resurrection, rebirth, spring, all the symbols and thoughts of the day.

    I'm bringing saumon, sweet potatoes, haricots verts to my mother's to make her an Easter dinner. And let's not forget the French pinot noir!

    A very Happy Easter to all the performers in the Cirque de PDP. Always remember: life is a carnival, two bits a shot!

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  22. Wow Tall Gary, how'd you do that? I bow to your resourcefulness...

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  23. Happy Easter (Pasha in Greek) and enjoy your holiday!
    Where did you hide our eggs?
    :D

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  24. Christ est ressuscité, Alléluia !
    Happy Easter, Eric, and all the PDPers :-)

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  25. A beautiful photo for today, Eric! Happy Easter everyone.

    phx, I imagined more of a solid chocolate crown than dipped, but better your way so that you have a keepsake once you've licked all the chocolate off.

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  26. Jeff that's a lovely idea to take all that to your mother's. Have a wonderful day.

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  27. Eric, you are really funny. I am still smiling. I wasn't expecting your humor as I sat down this morning in front of my laptop with a cup of coffee. What a great way to start Easter. Merci :^)

    Jeff, "Cirque de PDP" Good one! hahaha

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  28. Happy Easter to all! How do I say it in French? Bonnes Paques a tout le monde??

    I find this a very peaceful Easter photo, Eric. Thank you.

    Great ID, TG. Yes, how do you do it?

    I love your new photo, Michael.

    Following up from yesterday, I looked up flic on French Wikipedia. It also had an alternate origin for poulet, attributing it to the kind of slang that uses similar sounding words to designate things - poulet sounding like police. I love that slang history is so cloudy, since it develops in the shadows and its often meant to hide it's own meaning, so you get all these possible roots.

    They said flic has also morphed into keuf from a shortening of keu-fli - that inside out sort of language that kids come up with. In LA I've heard of people calling the police "one time". It may come from called out warnings that the prison guard is making a one time pass down the cellblock or the idea that one shouldn't look at a cop more than one time for fear of attracting attention.

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  29. Beautiful photo, Eric. I love the brown and golden notes.

    In Denmark we do the egg hunting too. It's great fun for both children and grownups.
    And we have a lot of official holidays at easter time from (Maundy)-Thursday till Easter Monday, and we have a lot of other holidays during springtime as well.

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  30. What a beautiful photo! Perfect for this day. As for the goldfish, Eric, whenever I think of goldfish, I think of the little crackers...American children love to eat those little buggers (well, at least mine do...okay, and so do I.) LOL

    Tall GMan...wow! You are amazingly resourceful.

    Miguel...love your new MAD-photo- meets-Picasso-look! ;-)

    Jeff, I could use some of that Pinot about now.

    Happy Easter all!

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  31. Great photo, Eric — whether you remember or not.

    And even if you have la memoire d'un poisson rouge, you have TG to tell you which church it is! (way to go, Tall Gary!)
    And way to go, aussi, GF Phx!

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  32. I love the bell story. I remember the American writer David Sedaris, who when he heard the story said, as if the French bells would let an Italian bell work in France! Glad I found your blog. What does phx mean?

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