Monday, August 30, 2010

Ghosts of France

Two hundred years after Napoleon sold his once vast colony in America to Jefferson, the descendants speak a language (and serve food) unknown in Paris.
Condé Nast Traveler's G.Y. Dryansky (merci à Valérie) listens to history talking in the Louisiana bayou…
James Hebert, an insurance executive and president of the Houma-Terrebonne Parish Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, sang folk songs that went way back in time. Some of the [members of the busload of French tourists] began to sing along limply to the guitar music, but I blushed to see so many of them cover their mouths in laughter.