Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A little ray of sunshine

Has the unseasonally early onset of spring made the French all just a little bit giddy (today was the fourth consecutive day of glorious sunshine) or are they losing their grip on their celebrated, studied aloofness?

Whatever the reason for this little ray of sunshine (see photo), it put a spring in my step today and hence I will simply be thankful for it.

"Protest recession!" implored a piece of street art, stuck to a wall on Rue Vieille du Temple in the 3rd arrondissement. "Please dress up!"

And it occurred to me that there, in that one simple sentiment, plastered to an unprepossessing grey wall in a quiet Paris quartier, was an example of so much that is good about the French.

So the world is falling apart, the global economy is in freefall and recession looms - but we can always frock up and make ourselves feel better. If we're going to go down, we might as well do it stylishly.

Vive la France. Vive the sunshine. Roll on spring ....

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