Les deux font la paire

Bread & Roses, 7, rue de Fleurus, is a classy little café just steps away from the Jardin du Luxembourg. It’s the kind of place where you can read a book over a pastry and coffee without being hustled out the door. That’s a good thing, since their prices are a little higher than the average. You can also buy a great quiche or sandwich at lunch time. I had my usual Café Crème, but it wasn’t the best cup of Joe I’ve had in Paris. They do have a wide selection of teas, so perhaps that’s a better choice. I did love the pastry, however. I had a feuilleté canadien, a flaky pastry braid with pecans and maple syrup.

Today’s expression, les deux font la paire (lay duh fohn lah pair), literally means “the two make a pair.” We’d say that two things go well together, like a great cup of coffee and a great pastry. Bread & Roses, if you’re listening, the coffee needs work! I guess that’s another good reason for me to drink more hot chocolate.

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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2 Responses to Les deux font la paire

  1. Anonymous says:

    Actually, even if it can be used for two things that go well together, “les deux font la paire” is usually used to make fun of two people. We use it when two people are both forgetful, or both messy, etc. It’s often used for kids fooling around together.

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