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It’s Back to School in France!

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Finally! The wonderful day when life falls into its natural rhythm again. The children are occupied. My mind has peace and quiet to think again. It’s back to school in France! C’est … la Rentrée. Juliet is nine, so I think

Posted in Culture, Family, France, La Famille (The Family), Les Français (The Frenchies), The Kids

When a Blogger Comes to Paris

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When a blogging friend comes to Paris – whom you’ve known for over two years online (and with whom you’ve already had two aborted attempts to meet up in the past, except that you couldn’t manage to extricate yourself from the

Posted in France, La Femme (The Lady), Le Tourisme (The Hot Spots), Les Français (The Frenchies), Tourism, Tout le Reste (Everything else)

What’s On My Shelves?

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This trivial post was inspired by a rainy Sunday afternoon, a camera in hand, the need for a blog post, and a house full of people . . . which meant I had to clean. In the kitchen, there are

Posted in France, Le Pavillon (The House), Les Français (The Frenchies), Les Trésors (The Treasures), Photos, Tout le Reste (Everything else)

I’m Going to BlogHer in Chicago

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I don’t think I’ve ever sat down to write a post in so tired a state – so completely devoid of words. And yet here I am feeling like I should say something. Anything! Ever felt like that? There. I

Posted in Family, France, French Words, La Famille (The Family), La Femme (The Lady), The Lady, Vocabulary

You Know You’re in Bretagne When

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You guys, we are having SUCH gorgeous weather, which is amazingly unusual for Bretagne. And I just thought I would give you a glimpse of what it’s like to vacation here. Of course there’s cheese after each meal … And

Posted in Family, France, La Famille (The Family), Le Tourisme (The Hot Spots), Les Français (The Frenchies), Tourism, Tout le Reste (Everything else)

Fais Gaffe!

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Everybody knows the expression to make a gaffe – to make a mistake. This word is also used in French with the same meaning. So you can imagine my confusion when I first started hearing the expression – “J’ai pas

Posted in France, French Words, Les Français (The Frenchies), Tout le Reste (Everything else), Vocabulary

Expression Primitive

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My mother-in-law has been taking dance classes called “expression primitive” for years now, which is a sort of natural freedom animal-y movement, accompanied by a tambourine and the occasional grunt. Her passion for this class has always been met with

Posted in Family, France, French Words, La Famille (The Family), Tout le Reste (Everything else), Vocabulary

Gulliver’s Giants

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You know how it is when you give birth to an innocent dewdrop of a baby, and everyone else’s kids suddenly become gargantuan monstrosities that revile and disgust no less than the giants in Gulliver’s Travels? Well, my sister came

Posted in Family, France, French Words, La Famille (The Family), Tout le Reste (Everything else), Vocabulary

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