Last Sunday a middle-aged American woman asked me, “What’s upstairs of this building?”
“Paintings are on the second floor of all the buildings,” I said
“Do you have more than one painting upstairs?” she asked
“Excuse me?” I said
“Do you only have one Van Gogh painting?” she said (Why do Americans always say Van Go?)
“Madam,” I said speaking very slowly, “this is a museum. You will find many paintings hanging on all the walls, of all the rooms.”
“So why does this map of the museum only show a picture of one Van Go.. painting?” she said
ohmy word! I had to explain to her that the map is a visual aid for visitors so they can see at a glance where to find the Impressionist paintings.