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Coming Home Posted by on Nov 9, 2021

As I write this (lundi 8 novembre), French astronaut Thomas Pesquet is on his way home from the International Space Station. As he journeys from space to the earth, let’s look at his journey. From space to the earth Back in April the French astronaut Thomas Pesquet and three other astronauts left Cape Canaveral in…

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At the French zoo Posted by on Oct 12, 2021

Not everyone is down with zoos these days. But for some people, a well-run local parc zoologiqueis the closest that they will ever come to seeing and learning about different animaux. Since 1934, Parisians have been able to experience a variety of animaux sauvages by visiting the Parc Zoologique de Vincennes (commonly known as the zoo de…

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Fallen for France Posted by on Sep 28, 2021

Once again, the calendar has turned towards l’automne. Days are getting cooler (and shorter!) and soon les feuilles vont commencer à tomber des arbres. Before we leave l’été completely behind though, let’s revisit one more great summer song. Fallen for France I’ve said it before, Étienne Daho’s Tombé pour la France is “the first French…

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Christo’s Arc de Triomphe Posted by on Sep 21, 2021

A dream almost 60 years in the making is finally a reality. Last Thursday – on the eve of the Journées Européennes du Patrimoines – President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated l’Arc de Triomphe empaqueté de Christo. Christo’s Arc de Triomphe Thursday’s ceremony celebrated a project that Christo and his wife Jeanne-Claude first imagined in 1962, “une…

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Vacation Time Tunes Posted by on Aug 3, 2021

I’m taking a little vacation this week. The timing is right, since in France, August is traditionally the start of the période des grandes vacances. But it’s still a strange time to be travelling, so I’m staying close to home. But whether travelling near or far, nothing makes me feel more “in the mood for…

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A word to the weather wise Posted by on May 4, 2021

While my musings tend to turn to France (with occasional detours north of the border!), French is a global language and la Francophonie has a global footprint.  This week we’ll look at two examples that remind us of the richness of French in all its global grooviness. A world of language Spoken in une trentaine…

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Spring in Paris Posted by on Apr 6, 2021

Photo taken by and used with permission from Tim Hildreth

Easter was this past weekend, or Pâques, as it is known in France. Et qui dit Pâques, dit printemps. But this printemps will be unlike any other as France is in the midst of a third nationwide Covid lockdown. Still, spring in Paris is something to be celebrated. Un troisième confinement bis A few weeks…

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