Take A Seat

This isn’t too exciting as posts go but I thought I would post a couple of photos of a chair belonging to a set of 4 that we bought for our apartment in Paris. We found them at a type of used furniture store which sold furniture both antique and just used. They are bistro chairs, once commonly found at bistros and restaurants in France. I’ve seen a few here and there in Paris but they aren’t as common any more. I just liked the shape of them and the design on the seat. Maurice doesn’t find them very comfortable but I don’t want to cover up that lovely design.

We also got an antique table at the same time which I neglected taking a photo of. It is oval in shape with gate legs that can be folded so a leaf of the table can drop-something we need in our small apartment. We only open it to full size when we have company.

On another note, a look at my French. After my month long immersion class and now only speaking French with Maurice I was feeling decidily optomistic on my French speaking-until I tried to buy some bread that is. Maurice asked me to get him a baquette, but one that is called “tradition”. Sounded easy to me, so I went into the boulangerie and asked for a baquette tradition. The man behind the counter, who was also the baker but manning the shop (he is married to the woman who is usually there), grabbed a regular baguette to stick in the sack. “No,” I said, ” a baguette tradition.” He grabbed a baquette that had been cut in half. I said no again and repeated what I wanted. This time he grabbed a baquette with cereal in it. Again I said, “un baguette tradition”. I could have just pointed at it but I wanted him to understand what I was saying. He finally grabbed the right one. I don’t know if it was a lucky guess or not. I obviously am doing something wrong. Maurice says I am just trying too hard.

8 thoughts to “Take A Seat”

  1. The chairs’ seat pattern is gorgeous.

    Well done on the French – I wonder if the baker was kind of testing you, to see if you really knew what you wanted.


  2. Many times I will meet French people who tell me I speak French really well and my accent is excellent. So I feel much more confident in my French skills… Then I will go into a relatively normal, every day situation, like a boulangerie, and no matter WHAT is coming out of my mouth, I cannot make myself understood even though I feel like I am saying it perfectly! So I can well relate to your frustration. Don’t give up though. (At least that’s what Georges tells me when I get aggravated.)

  3. I agree on the French thing. Sometimes I can’t understand people when they speak English to me, (it’s my native language) and I have to ask them to repeat. Keep trying.
    The chairs are beautiful. Does the table have a pattern as well?

  4. Love the chairs and their patterned seats, but would agree with Maurice that this type of chairs is not very comfortable!

    How is your French going otherwise?

    And what is a “baguette tradition” anyway????

  5. Lovely chairs – perhaps Maurice can have a little cushion just for his ‘tush’!!! Men are really funny when it comes to seating – I want new kitchen chairs but you know who refuses to part with the ones we have!

    Linda – love your wood floor!

  6. I’m afraid I am with Maurice on the chairs. I always gravitate to them but find them very uncomfortable for my derriere. However I love the look of them as a nightstand or with books sitting on them in a corner.
    And yes Linda, what is the difference in a baquette tradition? Maybe I need to keep reading….?
    Lisa & Alfie

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