Monday, 30 July 2012

Beware of the upside down baguette in Dordogne!

Beware! Which way up do you lay your baguette? 
Upside down bread on a table 

This superstition began in the Middle Ages in France. Indeed, at a time when public executions usually took place on the village square for all to see, generally around lunchtime, the village people were intimidated by the executioner and highly respected him.

In order to reserve the executioner’s bread, the baker would turn it upside down to separate it from the other bread.

Today it is simply a superstition when people say “it is bad luck” to have an upside down bread on a table.

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