Bonne fête ! Happy Name Day!

Did you know that in France, every day of the year has one or more saint’s name(s) assigned to it? The custom originated with the Christian calendar of saints. In the past, a child would be named (either first name or middle name) after the name of the catholic saint of the day when theyContinue reading “Bonne fête ! Happy Name Day!”

La bise 101

Most people know or have heard of “la bise” as a French form of greeting. But what is “la bise” exactly and most importantly, how does it work? If you are one of the many people left discombobulated by the mysterious Gallic custom, read ahead! First things first, who on earth came up with suchContinue reading “La bise 101”

The deliciously and politically incorrect french-bashing Mr Taylor

Let me introduce you to Paul Taylor. Paul is English. He grew up in France, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. He now lives in Paris and quit a job at Apple in order to perform stand-up comedy in both English and French. He created, wrote and starred his own show on Canal+ called “What theContinue reading “The deliciously and politically incorrect french-bashing Mr Taylor”

Off the Beaten Track: 8 cool things to do with kids in Paris

My friend Andrea called me last week to “pick my brain” about places of interest that she could visit and activities she could do with her three boys when visiting Paris next July. But not just the usual stuff! Something a bit more off the beaten track… As I started to browse the Internet findingContinue reading “Off the Beaten Track: 8 cool things to do with kids in Paris”

40 useful French text message abbreviations

Call me old(-fashioned) but I just cannot get into abbreviating what I type! So, yes, it takes me for-e-ver…. When I see my kids’ texts, I am just amazed at this whole new language they seem to be using with such ease! And I feel very very old(-fashioned)… So here is a list of commonContinue reading “40 useful French text message abbreviations”

The 11th November in France: le jour du souvenir

In France, the 11th of November is a major national day and a remembrance day. This public holiday actually commemorates the Fête de la victoire which is when the Armistice was signed on the 11th of November 1918. And though it was originally a day to honour those who had served during the First WorldContinue reading “The 11th November in France: le jour du souvenir”

Poisson d’avril !

Every year, on the 1st of April, it is a common joke in France amongst children to try and stick a paper fish on their friends’ back without them noticing. When discovered, the person pulling the prank shouts: “Poisson d’avril!” Grown-ups’ “poissons d’avril” consist in making up fake news or practical jokes. Even the mediaContinue reading “Poisson d’avril !”