left: sign announcing masks available for sale (right) interior of shop with masks and sailor tops displayed

image: (left) Trouville shop known for their matelots announcing masks. (right) interior shop with masks and matching matelots

|| 27 August 2020

France August 2020 Report

Our Chic & Slim Special Correspondent Kat is vacationing in France. Today her report on Normandy this August 2020.

It’s good to know how normal things are there in that country despite Covid-19. And that, if you love matelots, those French sailor tops, you can find a mask to match.

Kat sent along photos. In the images above, you can see (on left) the sign outside the shop she mentions — in the photo (on right), the interior of the shop with its display of tops and masks. If you look closely in the lower right of the sign photo, you can see a sailor mannequin wearing one of the matelot tops. Kat wrote:

I have been in Normandy just over a week, and it is nice to be able to report that not much has changed.

Masks are “obligatoire” in shops, and on some streets, numbers of people in smaller shops are restricted, and social distancing lines are marked — and all of this is being respected without fuss or complaint.

Apart from the usual number of shops and businesses closed for the usual August “congee annuelle” it is “business as usual” Markets are packed. Cafes and restaurants are less busy than usual, owing to smaller numbers of tourists, but far from empty. Supermarkets are fully stocked with school supplies for “la rentrée” — seems there is no question of children failing to attend school this September.

And, when I saw this sign outside Trouville’s premier shop for those famous French striped matelot tops, I knew exactly what I’d find inside. Masks to match, what else?

Merci to Kat for report and photos.