Friday, August 8, 2014


Une pause s'impose.
When French people feel inclined to take a break and are waxing poetic, they sometimes announce their need with the above expression--one that means it's imperative to stop and rest. So attractive was this downed parasol that we first thought its positioning was intentional. We noticed it while visiting a delightful park of fifty or so old-fashioned outdoor games on the grounds of the Pagode de Chanteloup. Below is an example of one of them, called le jeu des alignements. 
Adjoining this area is an Anglo-Chinese garden, as was fashionable during the latter half of the 18th century, but which features child-size pavillons or playhouses. 

breaker:  an anglicism for "to take a break" (pronounced brake-ay)
une pause:  a break
s'imposer:  to be imperative, to impose
poser:  to put down; to pose

©2014 P.B. Lecron

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