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Il Fait Chaud – It’s Hot In France Posted by on Jul 20, 2016

"Sun in the sky" by Kamalakanta Jena, CC BY-SA 3.0.

The past few days have been hot, incredibly hot. La canicule (the heatwave) is here and that means trying hard to keep cool while the sun is up. After a few too many days without la climatisation (air conditioning), I had to buy un ventilateur. Just a few weeks ago I was enjoying SGDQ, but…

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A Bastille Day Tribute Posted by on Jul 19, 2016


Last week’s Bastille Day celebrations ended in tragedy. Any day is the wrong day for such a terrible act, but on that day – a celebration of the French ideals of liberté, égalité, et fraternité (liberty, equality, and brotherhood) – it felt especially awful. July 14 may be changed forever by the events in Nice,…

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July 14, 2016 Posted by on Jul 19, 2016


France is once again in the news. Over the past year and a half, I have had to write several posts dedicated to the victims of terrorist attacks that targeted France: The Charlie Hebdo and related attacks in January 2015, the November 2015 attacks across Paris, and now the horrible events of last Thursday on…

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Have You Heard “Ma Beauté” by Maître Gims? Posted by on Jul 14, 2016

Image courtesy of maitre-gims.fr.

DJ Josh is back at it again, spinning some of today’s hottest hits for Club Transparent.  Ok, if you promise to listen to the song, I promise I won’t sound like a cheap club promoter anymore. Today’s song is performing pretty well on the NRJ charts, so if you’re in France, you’ve probably heard it.…

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Is That A Cafe Or A Bar? – Cafes In France Posted by on Jul 13, 2016

Image by JohnPickenPhoto on Flickr. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.

Every day is a learning experience here in France. Something as simple as closing the blinds or going to the store can catch you off guard. Even saying un café, s’il vous plaît can be confusing when you see what you ordered! Something that confused me is what les Français (French people) mean when they…

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