Strasbourg and the lovely song ofJacques Prevert

Together with other trainees I went to visit Strasbourg. It was the EU Parliament that we went to visit actually, but I was more excited about a visit to Strasbourg. I heard so many things about the city already…and I was really looking forward to seeing it. And it turned out all of the praises I heard about it were true…it is AMAZING & it is a place worth a visit.
If you enjoy good food, small, brownish streets with coloured window panes, streets packed with specialized stores (chocolate stores, cheese stores, pastry stores, perfume stores..), river that flows through the city and making it even more magic-like, beautiful and unique. It is a city where you need to go to one of the many small restaurants and order one of the specialties of that region, take a glass (or bottle:)) of white wine and just enjoy the taste of every bite and sip of wine, observe the passersby and absorb the atmosphere. magical!
I didn’t just discover the city but also by accident I have discovered the songs of Jacques Prevert –  he is a French poet whose portrait I bought in one of the main squares. I didn’t know that it was Prevert who was on the photo. I just liked the portrait so much, only later my Slovenian colleague told me who the person on the portrait was.
Me, Prevert the river Ille in the background..:)
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This is supposed to be one of his most beautiful poems…both in English and French. enjoy, ir
Barbara
Remember Barbara
It rained relentlesly on Brest that day
And you walked smiling
Beaming ravishing drenched
Under the rain
Remember Barbara
It rained relentlesly on Brest that day
And I ran into you in Siam Street
You were smiling
And I smiled too
Remember Barbara
You whom I didn’t know
You who didn’t know me
Remember
Remember that day still
Don’t forget
A man was taking cover on a porch
And he cried your name
Barbara
And you ran to him under the rain
Beaming ravishing drenched
And you threw yourself in his arms
Remember that Barbara
And don’t be mad if I speak familiarly
I speak familiarly to everyone I love
Even if I’ve seen them only once
I speak familiarly to all who are in love
Even if I don’t know them
Remember Barbara
Don’t forget
That good and happy rain
On your happy face
On that happy town
That rain upon the sea
Upon the arsenal
Upon the Ushant boat
Oh Barbara
What stupidity is war
Wwhat has become of you
Under this iron rain
Of fire and steel and blood
And he who held you in his arms
Amorously
Is he dead and gone or still so much alive
Oh Barbara
It’s rained all day on Brest today
As it was raining before
But it isn’t the same anymore
And everything is wrecked
It’s a rain of mourning terrible and desolate
Nor is it still a storm
Of iron and steel and blood
But simply clouds
That die like dogs
Dogs that disappear
In the downpour drowning Brest
And float away to rot
A long way off
A long long way from Brest
Of which there’s nothing left.
_____
Rappelle-toi Barbara
Il pleuvait sans cesse sur Brest ce jour-la
Et tu marchais souriante
Epanouie ravie ruisselante
Sous la pluie
Rappelle-toi Barbara
Il pleuvait sans cesse sur Brest
Et je t’ai croisee rue de Siam
Tu souriais
Et moi je souriais de meme
Rappelle-toi Barbara
Toi que je ne connaissais pas
Toi qui ne me connaissais pas
Rappelle-toi
Rappelle-toi quand meme ce jour-la
N’oublie pas
Un homme sous un porche s’abritait
Et il a crie ton nom
Barbara
Et tu as couru vers lui sous la pluie
Ruisselante ravie epanouie
Et tu t’es jetee dans ses bras
Rappelle-toi cela Barbara
Et ne m’en veux pas si je te tutoie
Je dis tu a tous ceux que j’aime
Meme si je ne les ai vus qu’une seule fois
Je dis tu a tous ceux qui s’aiment
Meme si je ne les connais pas
Rappelle-toi Barbara
N’oublie pas
Cette pluie sage et heureuse
Sur ton visage heureux
Sur cette ville heureuse
Cette pluie sur la mer
Sur l’arsenal
Sur le bateau d’Ouessant
Oh Barbara
Quelle connerie la guerre
Qu’es-tu devenue maintenant
Sous cette pluie de fer
De feu d’acier de sang
Et celui qui te serrait dans ses bras
Amoureusement
Est-il mort disparu ou bien encore vivant
Oh Barbara
Il pleut sans cesse sur Brest
Comme il pleuvait avant
Mais ce n’est plus pareil et tout est abime
C’est une pluie de deuil terrible et desolee
Ce n’est meme plus l’orage
De fer d’acier de sang
Tout simplement des nuages
Qui crevent comme des chiens
Des chiens qui disparaissent
Au fil de l’eau sur Brest
Et vont pourrir au loin
Au loin tres loin de Brest
Dont il ne reste rien.
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