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Chartres Posted by on Oct 31, 2017

Located just over an hour to the southwest of Paris, the city of Chartres makes a perfect stop on the drive from Paris to points west (like la Bretagne).  It is home to, among other things, the beautiful Notre-Dame de Chartres cathedral. That, along with a nice lunch, is just about a perfect detour in…

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The World Series…in French? Posted by on Oct 30, 2017

Believe it or not, baseball actually has a long history sur le sol français (on French soil). The first game played in France, occurred on March 8, 1889.  Le premier championnat (the first tournament) took place during World War I. Today, baseball is known as a primarily American sport in France and is not given much media…

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I Put a Spell on You! All Your Favorite “Hocus Pocus” Moments in French Posted by on Oct 28, 2017

Halloween is right around the corner. Jack-o-lanterns are on front porches. Pretty leaves are on the ground and sidewalks. Last-minute costumes are being purchased. Blah, blah, blah, etc. etc. etc. There’s certainly something magical about this time of year, but everyone knows the true reason for the season is the 1993 classic film “Hocus Pocus…

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Joe Dassin – Un Américain French Singer Posted by on Oct 25, 2017

La semaine dernière (last week), after looking up where the expression un été indien (an Indian summer) comes from, I was surprised to learn about Joe Dassin and his seemingly interesting mix of being a French singer with origins aux États-Unis (in the United States). Qui est cet américain qui chante en français ? Who…

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Green France Posted by on Oct 24, 2017

France has a long history of using alternative sources of fuel to generate electricity. After the global oil crisis of the early 1970’s France embarked on an ambitious program to ensure energy independence and today generates about 75% of its electricity from nuclear. While nuclear may not be the greenest source of energy, on our…

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Paris vs. Marseilles (Read in French) Posted by on Oct 24, 2017

In the post below, you will find a paragraph in French about the rivalry between Paris Saint Germain and the Olympique de Marseille, two soccer clubs. Read in French first and try to pick out words that are familiar to you. Then, try to guess the meaning of unfamiliar words based on the context of…

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Describing Fear in French Posted by on Oct 22, 2017

October is here, and the leaves are changing colors, the air is becoming more crisp, and you can buy pretty much anything pumpkin flavored. It’s also a favorite month for many for the simple fact that Halloween makes an appearance. Who doesn’t love putting on a costume and getting candy in exchange? I am, admittedly…

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