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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Silly Signs & Caribbean Identity Crises


Fashionable pedestrian
street in Fort Du France,
French territory, Martinique.
A quarter mile from shore, we saw silver, glinting.  I could’ve sworn it was a metallic Statue of Liberty.  But we were in the French territory of Martinique, its capital city, the very European Fort Du France.
It was a Statue of Liberty!  For a
Fort Du France clothing store fa├žade.

In a past life, I was the North American representative for a Hewlett-Packard-based division in San Diego.  It’s hardly the place I’d look to for international fashion cache…. for couture-crazy trendsetting Francophiles!

New York, Hollywood, San Francisco
maybe, but… San Diego for
a fashion clothing store in
Fort Du France?
Surely, the Caribbean French must be possessed by some kind of identity crises!

There is no doubt a different
French meaning for the
word tampon other than an
internally placed feminine
hygiene product