|Striped top with lace neckline (Kohl's); Capris (Worthington, JC Penney); Braided leather belt (Lauren Ralph Lauren, Macy's); Golf shoes (Aerogreen, Lori's Golf Shoppe)|
Quick, if I asked you to name the "international language," how would you answer? If you're a self-centered American, maybe you'd say "English." If you're a romantic, or a fan of the 80s cult movie classic "Better Off Dead," maybe you'd say "love." ("You don't need words to speak the international language. Riiiight, Ricky?") While there may be truth in the "international language of love" referred to in my favorite 80s comedy, I learned on vacation last week that the game of golf also has a universal language.
Quotes from Better Off Dead ran through my mind at random during our trip to France, where we enjoyed a few rounds of golf and a lot of "Fronch bread" (they just call it bread...well, the French word for bread), but didn't partake of any "Fronch dressing" or "Fronch fries," and I certainly didn't drink any "Peru." If you don't get the reference, see the movie! It's terrible and awesome at the same time - one of the few films that I will always watch if I come across it while flipping channels. So, so funny.
|Confession - my shirt is untucked because I ate too many freshly baked, warm chocolate croissants at our pre-round breakfast! Good thing my braided belt was adjustable...|
Our exquisite holiday included a stay at a Club Med in Vittel, France, a favorite vacation spot of our German hosts. We were the only Americans at the resort, where almost no one spoke English. But, as we played both of the championship courses on site, it quickly became clear that the game transcends traditional language barriers. In particular, the sounds of celebration and consternation that follow shots swell or shanked are the same in any language. Likewise, and to my surprise, the term "fore" is common to the game in any geography (not that I had to use it....) I also learned some new German words on the course that I'm fairly certain are NOT in the German dictionary or part of any Rosetta Stone program.
The one aspect of the experience that defies adequate description in any language was the beauty of the courses themselves. I've played a lot of different places, but never any as picturesque as those in Vittel. I hope one day I'll have an opportunity to go back, and I'll be forever grateful to our friends for such an unforgettable and unique experience.
Fashion is what you buy; Style is what you do with it!
You may also like: