I just love dropping that into every conversation.
Pop into to the bakery, order my loaf of bread and as she is wrapping it, I ever so casually say:
“Oh, when I was in Paris last week, I saw the most wonderful bakery…” I can tell she is dazzled by my worldliness, and am not at all concerned when she simply says “that will be two euro.”
As I stroll past a building site, I pause to watch the men constructing the scaffolding:
“Oh, when I was in Paris last week, I noticed that the Eiffel tower has some scaffolding around the base – now wouldn’t you like that job!” They nodded at me and looked a little confused.
My mother in law calls to discuss the plans for Easter Sunday lunch:
“Oh, when I was in Paris last week, I ate a simply delicious meal of duck breast & pommes de terre frites…” *crickets chirping…..crickets chirping* and then she muttered something about leg of lamb.
Collecting the dry cleaning:
“Oh, when I was in Paris last week, I should have nipped into Chanel and asked them where they get their dry cleaning done – I am sure that French Dry Cleaners must be très Chic.” Pretty sure she thought I had been sniffing the cleaning fluid…
In this one horse town, there is a new Bus Depot being built. It is the talk of the town. Much discussed over the garden fence and during chance encounters on the street:
“Oh, when I was in Paris last week, I used the Metro like a born parisian. So organised, so fast, and so stylish.” This is met with a blank stare….I have a lot to learn about the German – French relationship.
Did I mention I was in Paris last week?