Saturday, March 16, 2013

Montmartre, cest fou!

This is "un faux écossais".  He is a member of a French pipe band.
After rising late from my night of disrupted sleep, I decided to visit the Rue des Abbesses.  The chief commercial street in my Montmartre neighbourhood. I go down Rue des Trois Frères and turn at Passage des Abbesses to reach the shops.  At the junction of Trois Frères and the Passage is the grocery store of M. Collignon, the bully in Amélie.

Now, I didn't sleep well but I was not prepared to hear "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" being played on the bagpipes. At the foot of the Passage des Abbesses were hundreds of people in plaid. But tomorrow is St. Patrick's Day.  What is going on? Are these Scots or odd French dressed up as Scots? As a man walks by dressed as Aristide Bruant, I am sure that I must be having a weird dream.

I spot a group of be-plaided people who are wearing  Clydeside jackets and ask them to explain to a confused Canadian what it is that is going on. Apparently, every other year France and Scotland play a rugby match and Montmartre hosts Les Jours Ecossais.  The Scots laugh when I explain that I am a visiting Canadian.  We're all part of the same family and all that.

What can be the explanation?
Well, that explains the plaid and pipes but not what I see next! I can be a curious and friendly sort of a woman.  I am comfortable in France and fluent, so I ask.  These men are from Toulouse and they are dressed as "poules." I still didn't understand and it has nothing to do with my comprehension of French.
Apparently, and I know nothing about rugby or many other sports, the term "poules" has something to do the the different matches. (Makes no sense to me).

The cafés are packed but I need to have lunch so I stop at the Café Bruant and have "une tartine Dumas avec salade" I stop at a BIO store and buy some healthy organic mâche and tomatoes to make a salad (when I make it, it has no "e"). Montmartre, c'est fou.

6 comments:

  1. I can picture those streets, so vibrantly packed on a weekend.
    We like a little restaurant nearby, La Part des Anges. . . I wonder if you'll stumble on it (whoops! shouldn't wish that on your ankle, should I?) as you wander the quartier.
    Meanwhile, enjoy the rugby insanity!

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    1. I looked La Part des Anges up and I will probably go there with my friend who is coming for her spring break. France won last night so it was a big night in the neighbourhood. Bon week-end.

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  2. I would love o be ther :)))
    Come and VISIT mě and maybe we can follow ?:)

    www.olivians.com

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    1. It is truly exciting to be here. You just visited Nice? The South of France is very beautiful. Your blog has great style.

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  3. Love hearing about your travels in Paris, its been a long time since I have been so bring back the memories!

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    1. Paris is such an exciting city. I am hoping to go to Corcoran's Irish Pub today if it's not too busy with all the rugby fans in town.

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