Newsletter July 1, 2010

On my way back from visiting Michel in the hospital yesterday, I was headed for the Marais from the Porte d’Orléans and realized that I was driving up … (or down?) Bd. St. Michel.

Now this is a very well-known name, both in its masculine and the feminine forms, made especially famous in a song by the Beatles way back when!

The French name for a man is pronounced something like “ME” + “SHELL.” This is unlike the Anglo-Saxon “Michael” which, as in Michaelangelo, is pronounced “MY” “KELL”

Oddly enough, the Anglo-saxon pronunciation of Michelle … sounds almost the same in the two languages. Maybe the accent is different.

While waiting for the light to change from red to green … at a stoplight at the corner of Bd. St. Germain and Bd. St. Michel, I took a couple of photos through the windshield.

They’re posted on today’s Paris Savannah Connection.

Happy July First. Happy Summer.

Author: Mark