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English, but “lost in France, in love”

“Mais, tu es française ou anglaise?” This is one of my favourite questions. Although my English heritage is obvious well before I can open my mouth, much of my heart will always be, in the immortalised words of Bonnie Tyler, “lost in France, in love”.

Pining for France

Visiting Les Invalides, where a guard ordered me to take my hat off before approaching Napoleon’s tomb (‘Votre chapeau, monsieur!’); visiting Notre Dame during a wedding, where a trumpeter and organist duetted in the Prelude from Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Te Deum in D; travelling along the Seine in a fly-boat as the rain drizzled soothingly on the glass roof.
 Melbourne, Australia