Saturday, March 10, 2012


Decorative lambrequin animates an emblematic cabine de plage at Le Crotoy, a village on the Baie de  Somme. It was at Le Crotoy where the young and beautiful American Bessie Coleman attended aviation school in 1920 and became the world's first ever black woman pilot. Because racial segregation and Jim Crow laws had precluded her from learning to fly in the United States, she went to France where only her willingness to learn and aptitude determined her admissibility to flight school.

Bessie Coleman, l'Ange Noir is the title of French biographer Jacques Beal's work on the famous stunt pilot's life. "I refused to take no for an answer," she once said. Face à un non catégorique, je ne l'ai pas accepté.
Salt-marsh fed sheep in front of  Le Crotoy. Photo by Pir6mon, used under the GNU Free Documentation License.
une cabine de plage:  a beach cabin
un mouton:  a sheep
un ange:  an angel

Image credit for photo of Bessie Colman via Creative Commons.
©2012 P.B. Lecron


  1. i wanna be a pilot but i dont know how its gonna work out cs im haitian and im 13

    1. You have to have a dream if you want to have a dream come true! Study and do your best in school and you'll get there!