This week I had the pleasure of taking around a group of mainly French tourists, with explanations in French followed by a translation for two or three English members. This was one of the most challenging, but enjoyable walks I’ve done so far this season.

Although I’m a fairly competent French speaker it was quite a challenge to find the French equivalents for words like ”packhorse” and “the stocks”. Fortunately I had help from a native speaker, but even she was baffled by some of the historic expressions. Attempts to use online translation sites made me realize why a Portuguese friend was so wildly amused at a note I had written her in her language.

Despite my initial nervousness all went well, except the weather and I look forward to doing more French language history walks in the future.