TOULOUSE, France – On our walk through the Jardins des Plantes (botanical gardens) on a steamy summer Saturday, we found the Japanese Garden, rife with bamboo groves and bonzai. On this vist, we spotted THREE couples who were taking post-wedding photos against the lush backdrop. “Felicitacions a vous!” I told one of the brides, excited to offer a French congratulations since I’d literally learned the phrase a few hours prior. She thanked me – which means she understood me. Ah, the little things.