Monday, January 6, 2014

il dort / gendarmerie


Today's play on words goes out to all my French friends to whom I don't have to explain this sign given today's title (I hope).  (And OK, I know there's a little problem with the agreement in gender, but hey!)

To explain to my Anglophone friends, I will point out the part of the road sign above that says "Ile d'Or... Gendarmerie".  As hopefully you have learned from previous posts, the Ile d'Or (island of gold) is the island in the Loire just across from the château in Amboise.  The sign is a homophone (sounds the same, but is spelled and means something different) for "It sleeps / the police station".

9 comments:

  1. Maybe I better stick with taking photos.

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  2. I'm not confused at all Stuart :)))

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  3. It took me a moment!

    I'm struck by the sign addition with the camper van seemingly driving over water...

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  4. Thought that camper van and tent might be their sleeping options! Love your photographs BTW

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    1. Well that does add to the joke doesn't it !? Thanks.

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  5. i thought we were going to see a picture ofa sleeping policeman - in the UK the traffic bumps across the road that slow you down are called sleeping policemen....

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    1. That's hysterical ! And fits this theme perfectly.

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