A Memorable Encounter in Paris

Imagine being an 83-year-old British gentleman, full of excitement and anticipation as you travel to the beautiful city of Paris by plane. As the plane touches down, you can’t help but feel a sense of adventure in the air. You reach into your bag, searching for your passport, unaware that this simple act will lead to a truly unforgettable encounter.

Just as you are about to retrieve your passport, a stern French lady approaches you and asks if you have been to France before. Trying to remain calm, you reply that you have indeed visited France on a previous occasion. However, your response does not appease the lady, and she sarcastically remarks that you should have your passport out and ready.

Feeling a bit taken aback, you can’t help but respond to her comment. You mention that the last time you visited France, you didn’t have to show your passport. The lady scoffs at your words, stating that British citizens have always been required to show their passports to enter the country.

But you, my witty friend, have a secret up your sleeve. In a hushed tone, you lean in and whisper, “Well, when I came ashore on the beach on D-Day in 1944, I couldn’t find any Frenchmen to show it to!”

This charming and light-hearted encounter serves as a wonderful reminder of the shared history between the British and the French. It is a testament to the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought for freedom all those years ago. As we reflect on this delightful story, let us wear our poppies with pride, honoring the heroes who made it possible for us to explore new lands and create lasting memories.