De l'eau sous le pont
When a past matter is no longer troubling or cannot be changed, French and English language speakers often use the same metaphor, de l'eau sous le pont. To illustrate this figure of speech, we're using the above photo of the remains of an old water mill in the Normandy town of Vernon. The mill, built on a medieval bridge on the Seine, was used to grind wheat. It no longer has its hanging stone. Although it was periodically rebuilt through the centuries, it originally dates to the late 1600's.
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