today à Foix, Ariège – France the Beautiful…:-)

… aux pieds des Pyrénées, sur les traces de Gaston Fébus et d’Henri IV… – at the foot of the Pyrénées Mountains, along the footsteps of Gaston Phoebus and Henri IV… 🙂  

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a popular nursery rhyme containing 4 differently spelt words: Foix(the town), fois = time, foie = liver and foi = faith, but they have the same pronunciation… this is the word-by-word translation: 🙂

Il était une fois, – once upon a time,
Un marchand de foie, – a liver seller
Dans la ville de Foix… – in the town of Foix…
Il se dit: ma foi, – he said to himself: (on) my faith
C’est la première fois – it’s the first time
Et la dernière fois, – and the last time,
Que je vends du foie – that I’m selling liver
Dans la ville de Foix… – in the town of Foix… 🙂
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last but not least: yummy local lunch with smoked duck breast, foie-gras and confit de canard(duck thigh) @ restaurant Henri IV, situated at the foot of the castle – excellent spot! 🙂 more here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foix

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Posted on 22 June 2014, in melanie. Bookmark the permalink. 61 Comments.

  1. j’aime beaucoup votre diaporama, bonne journée Mélanie! 🙂

  2. Un très jolie partage! bonne soirée!

  3. Enjoyed that tour Melanie, not that I dont ever enjoy your posts and pics. Love the old castles and ramparts, the knights armour and cannonballs have many storys to tell I think. Regards, Ian

  4. It looks a pretty spot, Melanie. I’m off to look at your Carcassone post… 🙂

  5. “I’m a citizen of the world”… CITIZEN OF THE WORLD… cand voi avea timp sa ies mai mult in lume”, o sa te rog sa fii “ghidul” meu virtual! cred ca ai cules date mai complete si mai corecte din lume decat inscrisurile din “ghiduri”! si stiu ca o sa ma trimiti la “frumos” si un pic la “delicios”! dar pana atunci “calatoresc” cu tine… tot virtual! si-mi place, si-ti multumesc… si trebuie sa recunosc… de cele mai multe ori as vrea sa fiu “acolo” cu tine… si de… te invidiez un pic..; e omeneste nu… dar ma bucur cu tine la tot pasul!!! si pentru ca stii ca-mi place “nordul”, eu am venit acum din Scandinavia unde m-am “calatorit” o luna(dane,sued,norv) si pe langa ce vad, inca ma uimesc de oamenii, prietenosi (fara a se trage de sireturi cu tine), respectuosi…(toti suntem egali si ne respectam unul pe altul)… si ceea ce cred ca defineste ordinea, binele si calmul de acolo este ca “TOTI” respecta aceleasi “LEGI”! “NORRSKEN” m-au uimit din nou (la figurat bineinteles)!!!

    • 🙂 welcome back, Nina-mela! haoleu, ce soc trebuie sa ai la reîntoarcerea-n România dupa sejuru’ viking… ma bucur c-ai petrecut o luna scandinava de vis, nu te “invidiez” pen’ca am fost deja în tarile pomenite de tine… 🙂 SPER sa ajungi si-n Islanda… da, sigur ca daca vei avea nevoie de “infos” traite si verificate la fata locului, be my guest and feel free to ask me anything, O.K. c u asap, young lady! 🙂

  6. clever word play, beautiful photos!

  7. Magnifiques photos Mélanie, merci, gros bisous, Gigi 🙂

  8. Merveilleux château, merci pour le partage. 🙂

  9. Superb oraș! Te îndeamnă la relaxare și visare. O săptămână interesantă!

    • da, e un orasel pitoresc si placut, de circa 10 000 locuitori, la 75kms de Toulouse… 🙂 Multumesc, la fel si-o seara senina, afar’ si-n suflet… ❤

  10. Oggi si rimane in Francia. Belle immagini, commenti arguti. Un bel omaggio alla tua terra di Francia.

  11. Un petit air de vacances qui n’est pas désagréable et permet de rêver. Bon lundi sous le soleil! 😀

    • dans le sud-ouest(Midi-Pyrénées) on a l’impression d’être en vacances presque toute l’année… 😉 merci, mais il pleut today et j’en suis contente! 🙂 une semaine positive et optimiste! à+! 🙂

  12. What a great nursery rhyme.

  13. today à Foix? oh,”today” chez toi! 🙂 ❤

  14. I’ve never been in a castle btw.

  15. Ce fut un bon moment Mélanie! J’adore ce: Il était une fois… tes photos sont magnifiques! Bonne nuit, suivie d’une agréable journée de ce lundi!

    • merci, Colette! hier, à Foix, j’ai rencontré des canadiens de Vancouver, BC – en France depuis 3 mois afin d’apprendre le français et qui comptent revenir asap! bonne-nuit chez toi et une semaine formidable! 🙂

  16. Yes, right… words can bring sometimes so much confusion and misunderstanding… and I learned recently that the French are using in slang English words of body parts to be polite. 🙂 You have so many beautiful castles in your area and along the Loire valley. Have a beautiful week, Melanie. 🙂

  17. A clever play on words… 🙂

    • yep, but a “nightmare” for the folks who study French… 🙂 P.S. I met charming Canadians from Vancouver, BC yesterday in Foix: they’ve been in France for 3 months to lear French and they’ll comme back asap! 🙂

  18. Yes, very beautiful! Have a wonderful week, Melanie! 🙂

  19. thanks for the nursery rhyme side by side translation like that – and I loved the slideshow!!! 🙂

    • avec joie et avec plaisir, young lady! 🙂

      • vous êtes cool!!! and I am grateful to you for helping me add a few more vocabulary words to my French – iris actually a desire of my heart to work on my French but the chance never seems to come up. But I am also just glad to encounter your culturally rich posts – not sure how our blog paths crossed – but heureux!

  20. I love your mélange de langues! 🙂 and the beautiful picture-mix, too. Bisous!

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