Fatima lives in Dinan, one of the most attractive walled cities not only in Brittany but also in France.

She runs her “sandwicherie” shop Sucré Salé (yes, you would have guessed she sells sandwiches…) in Rue de l’Apport, a lovely street lined with half-timbered houses in the heart of the medieval city.

From dawn to evening she prepares, cooks, bakes and sells not only sandwiches, salads, Danish pastries…but also couscous, tajines (Moroccan lamb or chicken stew) and many Arabic specialties as she was born in Morroco.

And this month of August is a challenging one as it is Ramadan!

When I asked her how working in the Food and Beverage industry would affect her following of her religion, preparing and selling food all day long, having to deal with the appetizing smell of freshly baked bread and cakes or the irresistible fragrance of fresh coffee beans, seeing people eating and drinking while she had to tame an empty stomach, she just replied that her Faith would keep her going…

But she also added with a big grin that food, drink, perfume, make-up… and big cuddles… were forbidden during the day and that once the sun set life could resume to normal… or more…

In fact she said that like most Muslims she would get up around 3am to catch up on all the sacrifices they are more than willing to do during the day to respect their religious beliefs.

This year Ramadan is falling in one of the hottest months of the year and drinking water has been allowed if needed.

Fatima explained to me that if Muslims had to stop Ramadan during the official month they still could catch up during the year as long as they were respecting all the rules of total abstinence from dawn to sunset.

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About the author

I am French Parisienne and lived in Asia for nearly 20 years before settling in the UK 3 years ago. I have an interest in everything and every culture and am an avid reader. French linguistics is my "specialty" but I have a passion for history and try to mingle them. Humour is very important to me, I love writing, talking, laughing, exchanging ideas, learning more from others... the world is full of fascinating people! I never leave my home without my camera, there is always something unusual, beautiful or strange to capture. I like to pay attention to details, to the world of the "small", a parallel world if you take the time to look for it...And above all, I love my country of birth, France.