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Archive for October, 2013

A Trip to Paris: Visiting the French Capital’s Most Famous Attractions (Part 2) Posted by on Oct 30, 2013

In the last post, we looked at two of the most famous tourist attractions in Paris: La Tour Eiffel and l’Arc de Triomphe.  Today, we will continue our journey through the French capital by focusing on another tourist site that is sure to help you develop a greater appreciation of French history and architecture. Bienvenue…

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Are You Sometimes “Fainéant” (Lazy)? Posted by on Oct 29, 2013

Bonjour there! Tell me, how was waking up for you this morning? Rather facile (easy), difficile (difficult), or complètement pénible (completely rough)? Whether you are the type of person who springs up from bed at the first beep of your réveil  (alarm clock), or on the contrary one who has to be forcibly dragged away from under l’oréiller (the pillow)…

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A Trip to Paris: Visiting the French Capital’s Most Famous Attractions (Part 1) Posted by on Oct 28, 2013

What country do you think is the most popular tourist destination? If you guessed La France, you are correct. In 2012, 83 million tourists visited France. That’s more than the nearly 67 million people living in the country. C’est impressionnant, n’est-ce pas (It’s impressive, isn’t it)? France is the top tourist destination for a number…

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Le Délice au Chocolat Posted by on Oct 23, 2013

Today I thought we could enjoy learning how to bake a delicious French dessert. If you haven’t already heard, les Français sont les maîtres des arts culinaires (the French are the masters of the culinary arts) and are world renown for their food. Are you familiar with the French chef stereotype? Forget the typical…

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Château d’If: The Original Alcatraz Posted by on Oct 21, 2013

For those of you who are familiar with classic French literature, you have probably read—or at least heard of—Le Conte de Monte-Cristo (The Count of Monte-Cristo), a novel written by famed 19th century French author Alexandre Dumas. Edmond Dantès, the main character, is wrongfully accused of being a Bonapartiste (a follower of Napoleon) and is…

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Stromae’s “Papaoutai” (Read: “Where Are You, Dad?”) Posted by on Oct 19, 2013

A very good friend of mine just told me that he enjoyed a lot listening to this French song by Stromae. Its titre (title)? “Papaoutai” What? You’re not sure if it sounds French? Well, true, it at least sounds like une onomatopée (an onomatopoeia), like a French frog (a real one, please) that would go “coac coac” (Americans…

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Bonjour Mes Amis! Posted by on Oct 8, 2013

Bonjour mes amis! (Hello my friends!) My name is Michael and I hope to educate and to entertain you through my posts. Before we begin, let me tell you a little about myself. I’ll wait while you grab your beret and pour yourself a glass of rouge (red wine). Thanks to my wonderful parents, I grew up…

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