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So many names for the same place

Posted by daveb on October 23rd, 2007

So many namesI understand why there are so many languages in the world (Esperanto, anyone?) but I don’t understand why the same place has a different name in so many languages. I had no idea that what we know as Florence, is natively called Firenze, for example.

And for that matter, why do we call Germany, Germany? It’s Deutschland.

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Comment from Michèle
Time: October 24, 2007, 5:52 pm

Hello! Do you remember the lady at the tourist office in Gruyères? I just found your address again…I am glad you enjoyed Gruyères and the chocolate factory as well as the Moleson!
I am back from Cambodia where I went to meet my son who is traveling around Asia. For sure we did have a good time, moto rides, Angkor temples, rice fields, fantastic people, lots lots of fun together.
Wish you all the best! Regards

Comment from daveb
Time: October 24, 2007, 7:45 pm

Hi Michèle,

We sure do remember you, of course, and thanks for getting in touch.

Glad to hear that you had a great time in Cambodia — we can’t wait to get their ourselves…

Hope all is well in Gruyères and that the weather is still as sunny as when we visited!

Regards, Dave & Claire.

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