Friday Fictioneers – la belle France

Photo Prompt Sandra Crook

Photo prompt @ Sandra Crook

So incongruous.

To finally make it to France and yet, not how I imagined it.

Romance, history, tragedy. Architecture. Hot blooded and glorious men.

So far, the airport. Escape via industry. Hop onto the freeway.

Wrong way traffic.

Drivers screaming obscenities.

Magnificently dressed women, dragging poodles.

Choking dogs, barking profanities.

Traffic. Rainclouds.

Refugees. Anger.

Masks.

I cannot find the fabled belle France – culture, fashion, beauty, history.

At least here is a moment to smile. Could be in any village of the world.

Traffic jam une cause de véhicule agricole.

C’est la vie. [94 words]

Thank you Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for continuing to set this 100 word or less challenge. It is certainly a commitment appreciated by many. Other 100 word stories can be read here.

23 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers – la belle France

  1. Hah, that’s how it often goes when you’re so full of expectations. Great and lively descriptions. It’s not the France I’ve experienced and love, but I’ve never been to Paris.

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  2. Awww! You’re a bit hard on France! There’s beautiful countryside, glorious architecture, and, naturally, excellent food and wine. But I suspect you know this!
    I enjoyed your entertaining take on the prompt!

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    • Hello Penny, it was a comment on travel in general I think (not just France). We like to travel although everything is so far away from us. But it has become a bit about expectations vs reality 😁

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  3. When a place has been so built up with expectations, I’m sure there is bound to be the disappointment of reality to it. I like the balanced way you told the story, as the buildup and letdown canceled each other out.

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