Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Beyond the pale
Here's one of those old 19th-century French expressions that grandmothers used to use: C'est un peu fort de café!  It means that something is beyond the pale, or incredibly improbable. It comes from the complaint that the coffee is too strong. To illustrate today's post, we're using a rendering of coffee served at a café at the Gare de Courbevoie. The aquarelle is that of artist Gary J. Kirkpatrick, who has an interesting portfolio of expressionist and figurative works, many of which are travel-based, you should check out by clicking here.

C'est un peu fort de café!   It's difficult to believe!

Aquarelle posted with permission of the artist.

©2018 P.B. Lecron

Of interest . . .
A new French children's book (click here), also available in English (and click here)!
Both are sold on worldwide Amazon sites.

1 comment:

  1. Interesting expression! Nice little watercolor if I do say so myself!