It is a shame that I didn't take any photographs yesterday but I felt I needed to get out of that car park pronto pronto.
I have been trying to find out more about the history around here. Fougeres you see is really a border town. It sits on what was the border of France and Brittany and with the largest castle in Europe it has plenty of stories to tell. Well I found out about a salt tax called a Gabelle which is a Latin word for tax. Apparently Fougeres had plenty of salt smugglers selling their contraband, skulking around the castle walls.
This salt tax caused lots of upset with the French folks and helped fuel their anger in the Revolution. They got angry a lot!
Just imagine food today without any salt, mashed spuds just wouldn't be the same would they. Now I have never been a person who needs to use salt at the table, since I am more of a black pepper person, but never the less food would taste a bit bland without a bit of the white stuff sprinkled in during the preparation.
The thought of what poor people may have eaten in the Revolution, makes me feel very lucky to be alive today, and not in those times. Mind you I am English so I guess they would have killed me in those days?!
How much do you pay for a container of salt? No idea I bet!..here is a link about this wretched tax.
Here is a link about the word Salt.
Painting on a Restaurant in Dinan
It wouldn't be so appealing to eat a large packet of crisps if they didn't have the demon salt on them!
The French word for smuggled goods is contrabande.
The French word for adding salt to your food is saler.
Etymology for the word salary.