5 Ways You Know You’re French – by Benny

Now if you thought that 5 ways you know you’re Dutch, you should prepare for 5 ways you know you’re, wait for it – ​French! The French feature in food though there is quite a bit of history. We spent our time in the Normandy and Brittany regions of France on the North Atlantic.

First – To start us off – crepes! Crepes originate from France especially the Brittany region where we were and I found that they are very good. The Jacobson’s were “Borkum-ed” (stuck in a place for a while because of weather, named after the first place we were stuck Borkum) once again in northern France. We were “Borkum-ed” in Roscoff due to an actual hurricane. While Borkumed, we found a fine crepe place with a tasty scalloped potatoes with a cream cheese and bacon ham crepe. There is also the chevre crepe or goat cheese crepe usually with some honey and pine nuts. There is also a goat cheese salad. The last week in France the Jacobsons kind of went on a goat cheese and crepe craze. You heard it – the Jacobsons are creped out.

Dessert crepe in Brest


Second – walls. The French are really big on walled cities. Here there are several places surrounded by walls. These walls are very old and mostly were used for keeping out attackers. There are a few towns and parts of town that have walls and forts around them. The French would not pass an opportunity to make a fort. Some of these forts were used in World War l and World War ll.


Historic walled city


Third – they love their language. Now we have noticed fewer of the French speak English than people in Denmark or Holland. The French usually speak a little English, which is quite a bit more than my French. They try to make you speak French. The will say a word in French then talk really fast in French. It turns out to be battle of who will speak which language.


Fourth – good sailors in rough conditions. The French North Atlantic sea condition is no stroll around Boston harbor. According to dad, there are huge waves where it takes 15 seconds to get to the peak of one wave to the other – 15 second period waves that we want to avoid. We have found the French are good sailors and my conclusion is maybe the French are good sailors because they are used to such bad conditions. There are crazy 10 meter tides in this area which cause up to 4 knot currents.

Difficult conditions at the dock
Fast French boat


Finally – high tolerance for cholesterol. My dad whaches his cholesterol and is amazed by how much cheese, butter and meat the French eat without any problems.

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