The Bread is Mightier Than the Sword

Metz, France–bakery in the covered market

As the French say,  le pain is mightier than the sword.

Okay, so they don’t say that, but somebody should, because:

DSC_0771 - CopyNumber one —  YUM

Number two—   You catch more flies with honeybuns

and Number three—   There is historical proof that it’s true.  In Metz, France, there is a gate in the Imperial Quarter that proves the point.  Down the side of the gate (the Porte Serpenoise), there is  a column commemorating an heroic event on April 9, 1473– “Surprised by the enemy, Saved by the baker Harelle.”

Now that’s history you can sink your teeth into!

Porte Serpenoise, from Wikipedia



The fabulous Marche Couvert in Metz.

The fabulous Marche Couvert in Metz.

If you visit Metz, swing by the Porte Serpenoise.   Then visit the incredible cathedral, and stop in at the Marche Couvert (the covered market)– it’s a great place to eat lunch; pick up fresh meats, cheeses, or produce; or nibble at the bakeries and pay tribute to the heroic baker Harelle.

4 thoughts on “The Bread is Mightier Than the Sword

  1. My cousin lives in Metz 🙂 What are the chances that this would be the first post I read! I’ll be following you from now on – one newbie to another! Linda.

  2. I LOVE your Travels and Tomes blog, Ann. It gives a perspective on European sights one would never find in an ordinary travel guide. Keep it up. Nancy and John

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