Monday, May 28, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
After getting to Versailles we found Ben and decided it was a good day for Monet's house. Great village, great museum, great day.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
Friday, May 4, 2007
I forgot to tell you, at the cafe the waitress arrived and greeted us with, "Je vous ecoute ". I thought she was speaking Dutch, I hadn't heard this before. Anne answered in French so I had to ask, is she Flemish or French? French, what's wrong with you? What did she say when she came to the table? "Je vous ecoute ", or "I'm listening to you", now that would sound a little weird or maybe rude in English but very polite in French, like above "vous" shows respect.
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Well what Anne was showing me was the new houses. These are very large places on nice lots. I asked if these were the "nouveau riche", I love having these french phrases that we use. She told me this was old money that had downsized from the castles that had become to expensive to maintain. So when were these new places built, oh about fifty years ago.Near the pond and the restaurant, the castle had a barn and living quarters for the workers. In the picture you can see the signs on the gate. They are in French and Dutch. "Chien Mechant" I thought, they sell dogs here, now "Chien", is dog but "Mechant" is wicked. So don't go cruising in the gate to buy one. It was a really nice day. Now "Bonjour" literally is good day, translates as hello. "Bonne journee" is good day or have a good day. Sebastien always says "pourquoi pas" why not, I use that alot. sounds a lot better that just "oui". Let me try a sentence here. "Pourquoi pas as un cafe avec moi." I think that would mean why not have a coffee with me. "As" is the conjugated verb "you have". "And the judges say", "NON" , Sebastien the "pourquoi pas" expert say's, I should say "Pourquoi pas prendre un cafe avec moi" literally you should take coffee, not have.
Not really Starbucks, ok it's better
This is the restaurant building
This is one of the downsized castles, really cuts down on the staffing needs
Tuesday, May 1, 2007
Driving in Belgium is very easy you just remember "priorite de droite" or The person on the right has the right of way. "Oui mais non" remember this from our last lesson, yes but no. If you are in a traffic circle the person on the left has the right of way. So understand there are few lights and stop signs except on major streets so you have to go through the intersection looking right and hope the guy on the left doesn't think your stopped because then he can go.
Now what I really like about driving in the neighborhood is the streets are 2.5 cars wide, but they park on one side of the street on the 1st-15th then the other side the rest of the month. The traffic goes in both directions understand so which ever side the cars are parked on, these people have to wait. On the the first and 15th it is very hard because till everyone moves, they are parked on both sides of the street.
April 30 priorite' leaving the house
Things to know first "Bonjour", hello, we kiss just on one cheek in Brussels, Paris it is three kisses. Bye, au revoir, or salute. Thanks you, merci. Thank you very much merci beaucoup. By the way Brussels in french is Bruxelles, in Dutch, the other most popular language here, it's Brussel.
Left gauche right droite now here's the tough one straight ahead is tout droit, this will have me turning right quite often.
Today I had a job interview at the Army base. This is about the only way to get a legal job in Belgium having just arrived. So I will be working for Army Air Force Exchange Services, AAFES, as it is known, for as long as I can stand it.