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”

Le retour des bons points !!!

Ah les bons points, que de bons souvenirs…. C’était le siècle dernier (eh oui, cela ne nous rajeunit pas), mais comme je les attendais avec impatience ces bons points quand j’étais à  l’école primaire. Même s’il est vrai que je passais plus de temps sous le bureau de la maîtresse qu’à trier ma collection deContinue reading “Le retour des bons points !!!”

Discover Paristique!

If you are planning a trip to Paris or just want to learn more about the City of Lights’ history, head to the very cool website called Paristique! Paristique is an interactive online map where each dot represents an urban element: a street, a square, a boulevard or a parvis (6,840 places in total). If youContinue reading “Discover Paristique!”

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”

Mon cœur pleure…

  Il y a quelques jours, en France, à Nice, a eu lieu un nouvel acte terroriste. Un acte monstrueux, barbare, cruel. Cette atrocité a eu lieu lors des festivités traditionnelles et ô combien symboliques du 14 juillet : symbole de l’union fraternelle de toutes les parties de la France et de tous les citoyensContinue reading “Mon cœur pleure…”

Top 15 Must-See and Must-Do Things in Paris!!!

Ah, Paris, Paris, Paris!!! La vie en rose … Chabada bada … Such a beautiful city but so much to see! So where to start? Here are my top 15! 1) The Eiffel Tower or as my son used to call it The “Awful” Tower is a must-see! 2) Le Sacré-Coeur and Montmartre with itsContinue reading “Top 15 Must-See and Must-Do Things in Paris!!!”

11 useful websites to learn/teach French!

  Whether you are learning French or teaching the “langue de Molière”, you probably have found yourself in the situation of trying to find some cool and useful websites to assist you with your French. And if you indeed have, then you probably know how frustrating this process can be!! So many places to look,Continue reading “11 useful websites to learn/teach French!”