Originally Posted by Troubador
From the first moment I saw a photo of Swarovski's amazing NL, with its 'pinched', 'waisted' tubes, I knew I had seen that shape before. But where? This has been bugging me ever since.
And then the memories came flooding back. In the deep south of France (and probably all over France) in the beautiful Languedoc, in the early morning, you can see people walking around carrying different loads in their hands, shopping bags, brief cases, sheafs of newspapers and so on, but tucked under their arms, and held in place by arm pressure only, was a baguette.
Baguettes are a gorgeous bread loaf but is shaped long and narrow, much like a person's arm. When buying groceries and bread from the canal boat shop in Le Somail, I too walked back to our gite carrying our daily baguette in this same way (baguettes are best eaten fresh) and, by the time I got back, after juggling with other shopping, unlocking, opening and locking the gite door, then making my way upstairs to our accommodation, and all the time gripping the baguette with my arm so it didn't fall, it was pinched where my arm had squashed it.
On the long, ancient wooden table, where we ate (unless we sat outside on the balcony) there it was: a long, narrow shape with this 'waist' in the middle.
And by golly if you picked the baguette up by this squashed section, your hand fitted around it very comfortably.
So there it is, the inspiration for the shape of NL.
The pic is of our gite.
Just the idea of the NL design inspired by a "carried too long baguette" made me laugh :o)
It's very well spotted.
Don't try to carry a baguette too long under pouring rain either, you might end up with a bow :oD
One of the thing my sisters and I hated most when we were kids, was to go to buy bread at the bakery, as it was a 15mn walk (one way), coins on our hands, whatever the weather (and the weather wasn't much cooperative in the part of France we were living in :o).
It's always surprising to see something so "usual" for French people, to become so loved by people from other countries.
But the baguette is slowly becoming something from the past somehow.
The baguette purchases has been divided by 7 in 100 years, half a baguette being the average daily "intake" by French, meaning some people don't eat any baguettes at all, even if it's kind of "culturally mandatory" for us to eat with most of our cheeses.
The change in Breakfast habits being one of the reason.
A lot of French workers still buy the traditional "baguette sandwich" for Lunch though.