Signs to smile at
Just back from Normandy, with its wonderful combination of lush countryside, half-timbered houses, poignant reminders of June 1944 and pretty villages. As expected, it also proved to be a rich source of amusing mistranslations. In addition to the restaurant offering “nashed avocado”, there was the following warning to any sonorous pedestrians on Pegasus bridge:
Top prize, though, goes to the translators of this warning about the dangers of moats at a restored Norman castle:
In general, keeping care from children is not something to be advised, especially around moats!
As well as these funny signs, there was evidence of engagement with digital technology, and especially the use of QR codes at tourist sites, in a way I have not seen in this country. Will reflect more on that next week.