Monday, August 27, 2012

When poor men wore long trousers!

The weather this summer has been like the curate's egg, good in places, not always ideal for shorts and brown legs!

In between showers, I have been out and about, with our visitors family and friends.

I have managed to get out and about with my camera but not always managing to get pictures with blue skies.  Here are a few shots from recent weeks.

Having a laugh with friends in Combourg

Coffee by Le château de Fougères

A visit to the Comice Agricole

A walk around the Mont Saint Michel

My post was short and I hope sweet!

From Merriam-Webster
At the time of the French Revolution (1787-1799), knee breeches ("culottes" in French) were the height of fashion for aristocratic men. The men of the general populace could not afford such impractical finery and instead wore the "pantaloon" (long trousers). When the poorer classes rose up against the government, members of the Revolutionary army used this difference in dress to distinguish themselves from the aristocracy, calling themselves "soldats sans culottes," literally, "soldiers without culottes." Almost immediately, "sansculotte" became a noun in both French and English.

Todays word sansculotte read more HERE

1 comment:

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Most definitely sweet! Lovely photos - the 'out' I have been 'about' in was nowhere nearly as nice or as nicely recorded!