... is the most mendacious phrase in the whole of the French language.
I checked - that's what it said: "Ouvert tous les jours" (open daily). It's true, I only checked quickly, so I was pleased that I spotted the website went on to say "except bank holidays" - fair enough. So that rules out Christmas Day and New Year's Day. But today's a normal day. So I decided to go as today is the only day this week the météo shows no rain.
Next Tuesday is a photography club evening and it's a competition night. The topic is roofs (rooves?) and I'm struggling. It's true there are plenty of old, interesting roofs round here, but they are all much of a muchness and I need four different, contrasting images to make an impact. So Bordeaux seemed like a good idea - old roofs, maybe some new, perhaps some glass for contrast. I googled and found that there is a splendid view to be had over the rooftops of the city from the top of the Tour Pey-Beland. But maybe the tower was only open in summer for the tourists? So I googled again, and there it was, that phrase: "ouvert tous les jours". Great. And off I set.
Only of course it wasn't! The heavy red doors to the tower were firmly shut. Perhaps it was because I was too late? I found the notice with the opening hours alongside and no, I was on time, still another hour before closing. But then I found it. There. The dreaded phrase in small print underneath - sauf lundi (except Monday). Aaaah! You would think I would know by now. That I wouldn't be taken in any more. After all, this is our seventh Christmas in France.
Well, the trip wasn't entirely wasted. I now know where to come when the sun is shining and I've spotted some other potential scenic shots. Today wasn't the right day - too dull and washed out. If the tower had been open I would have been dissatisfied with the shots I took.
So now I'll just have to make the most of the images round here - starting perhaps with the cooking pot (or maybe chamber pot?) on top of our own pigeonnier.