Rester bouche bée

Today’s entry is by guest blogger Sim Singh, a member of my AP French class. I took the above photo when I was with her on the trip that she talks about in this entry. Merci, Sim.

Back in the spring of 2009, I embarked on a journey of a lifetime to the wonderful city of Paris. This city can easily be described in two words, jaw dropping, whether that relates to the food, the fashion, or the buildings. Croissants, crêpes, escargots are all foods native to France and known worldwide. These scrumptious foods are considered by many to be some of the best food in the world. Paris also excels in terms of fashion. It is known as the biggest fashion capital of the world. Every year the annual event, known as Fashion Week, where designers present their new designs to the world ends in the city of Paris. The city is also known for its beautiful and breath-taking monuments and architecture. Seeing the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Champs Elysees for the first time was memorable, as I’ve dreamed of seeing these monuments in person, rather than in pictures, since I was a little girl. These three aspects of Parisian culture have made it to be the famous city that it is.

The idiomatic expression rester bouche bée (restay boosh bay) has several different meanings but it literally translates as “to stand open-mouthed. We’d say “to show extreme shock” or “to be stunned”. This is a perfect expression to show the emotion that most people experience when they enter the mesmerizing city of Paris. The history and décor of the famous monuments truly leave people standing open-mouthed or bouchee bée. The beautiful clothing and the delicious food are known to stun people with their creativity and sophistication. Though this expression can also be used to express a negative emotion, there is no negative reaction to the amazing city of Paris. It is extremely appealing to visit a city as sophisticated, classy, and wonderful as Paris and I hope to return to once again rester bouchee bée.

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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 Rester bouche bée

  1. Cabbie Notes says:

    Truly an iconic photo of Paris. Such a beautiful city. Hopefully you’ll return to Paris someday and perhaps venture further about the rest of France. Between travels, I often read books or watch movies to inspire me and remind me of some great places I’ve been. If you are interested, I have an inspirational post with a few photos you might enjoy. Thanks for sharing. Cheers.

    http://bespoketraveler.wordpress.com/2012/01/04/virtual-vacation-movie-escape-to-france/

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