Passer à la trappe

Do you see this statue? Do you recognize it? I keep looking at it in my file of pictures and wondering where it’s from. I took the picture – but where? Was it Rennes or Rouen? Caen or Cannes? Nantes or Nice? Saint Malo or Saint Tropez? I’ve tried Googling various key words to see if I can locate it. No luck. I think it might be from Normandy or Brittany, since roses don’t do too well in the south of France.

Today’s expression, passer à la trappe (passay ah lah trap) means to be forgotten or ignored. Une trappe is a trap door. It’s as though someone’s opened a trap door and dropped something in a deep hole and slammed the door on it. Boom. Forgotten. I know I should have written down where the photo was taken, but I had no intention to open the trap door of my memory and drop this picture through the hole. Every time I look at the picture, I think that look of hers is censorious. She’s not too pleased that I’ve forgotten her. Can you help me retrieve my memory? Merci d’avance.

One Hundred and One Beautiful Small Towns in France

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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 Passer à la trappe

  1. Michel says:

    Do you have the pictures taken before and after this one? That always helps me ‘jog my memory’ (I wonder what that is in French?).

    Digital photos often have the date stored on them, maybe that will help.

    At least you know it’s in France, that’s a good start.

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