Ces bottes sont faites pour marcher: buying flowers in Paris

"These boots are made for walking," from the recording by Michèle O.
“These boots are made for walking,” from the recording by Michèle O.

One of the little pleasures of being in Paris is being able to buy nice flowers quite inexpensively.  On Saturday mornings, I go to the fleuriste across the street from the apartment, where a wide selection of flowers is available for 2 euros (currently $2, usually about $3) a bouquet.  The sign advertising the flowers always confused me: it says that the flowers are 2 euros per botte, and as far as I ever knew, that means “boot,” as in Ces bottes sont faites pour marcher“These boots are made for walking.”  It turns out that it has other meanings when talking about plant-related materials:

See this music video by singer Michèle O for a great rendition of Ces bottes sont faites pour marcher (“These boots are made for walking”) in French.

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