This postcard came in earlier this week. The donor found it amongst a trove of lost postcards she had meant to send from her travels. She sure knows me as the picture is of one of my favourite things in the world:
Update: Thanks to a commenter, phildange, I have translations.
Caption: “Chez nous, c’est bien connu on a la frite!”
Translation: “We are well-known for our french fries!” But as phildange notes “The postcard title is a word game . It means they have fries yes, but “avoir la frite” is also a colloquial phrase that means to be full of life, of energy and joy.”
Apparently, I’m not the only one who loves chip wagons as it seems they do in France too as the back captions note:
[Top bold]” Incontournable dans le nor de la France: la fameuse baraque a frites!
[Translation]: A staple in northern France: the famous chip wagon!
[Top] “Un lieu de chaleur, de bonne humeur et de convivialite facile a trouver entre Picardie et Belgique, en passant par le Nord-Pas de Calais: ce n’est autre qu la traditionnelle “baraque a frites” ou le promeneur trouvera de quoi se sustenter a bon compte.”
[Translation]: A place of warmth, cheerfulness, friendliness and easy to find between Picardy and Belgium throughout Nord-Pas-de-Calais: it is none other that the traditional “chip wagon” where walkers can eat for cheap.
[Bottom left]”Montdidier dans la Somme : Illustre partie de l’agronome Parmentier, Introducteur de la pomme de terre en France XVIII eme siecle”
[Translation attempt]: Montdidier on the Somme: The illustrious contribution (?) of the agriculturalist Antoine-Augustin Parmentier, who introduced the potato to France in the 18th century.
[Bottom right – this is a poem. I have no idea why there is a poem in the address portion.]
“Reflet de mon passage,
Support de mon message:
La carte postale que voici.
Je l’espère, vous plaira aussi!”
Reflect on my passage
Medium of my message:
This postcard here.
I hope will please you too!
“God knows how long I’ve had this card or even where I got it from – Belgium? Lille? Arras? You can see why I got it though.”
My vote is for Arras, France as the postcard is definitely from France – it has a map logo of France saying so and the caption indicates it is from Montdidier, which is near Arras.
If they have great fries then I’m definitely willing to go to all those places in person and conduct a thorough investigation to find out for sure.
Thanks again for phildange helping with the translations!