The Adventures of a Traveling Francophile

A new dawn, and with it new adventures… Girl Gone Gallic records the tales of my travels throughout France while working and travelling abroad. I love exploring the differences between cultures and everyday life. What better reward then to share these experiences with my family, friends, and fellow travelers? So join me in my travels, a little company is always welcome…

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Joyeuses Pacques - Happy Easter - Easter Eggs

Happy Easter! Joyeuses Pâques!

Easter is very much a family gathering many parts of the world, and particularly in France. And chocolate plays an important role in the celebration… Chocolate Bells??? Traditionally you will find not only the traditional chocolate easter eggs that we know so well, but also chickens – bunnies – fish, and bells. Bells, yes, really… The myth has it that…

Poisson d'Avril 2019 - taped fish on back

Happy “Poisson d’Avril”!

What??? What u talkin’ bout girl??? Fish in April??? The “Poisson d’Avril”, an April Fool’s day tradition in France, involves pasting paper fish on unsuspecting peoples backs. Yes, that’s right, go ahead and slap a fish (preferably paper – but that’s up to you) on all your French friends backs…or any friend for that matter!

Valentine's Day - One Last Tip - T'es Belle

One last ❤️ tip…

Don’t forget to tell her how beautiful she is… La chanson que n’importe quelle fille rêverait d’entendre de la part de son homme – pour la Saint Valentin et tous les jours de sa vie. T’es belle VOLO – Jours Heureux T’es belle quand tu sourisT’es belle tout le tempsT’es belle même quand tu risEt qu’on voit tes dents.T’es belle…

The Parisian Street Art Movement

Paris embraces Street Art… Otherwise known in French as the “Murs d’Expressions”, Parisian Street Art has revolutionized the art scene in Paris. Throughout the city, on street corners and down alleys, street art abounds. Street art, an artistic urban expression that used to involve sneaking around to avoid the ever-watchful eyes of the police and security cameras, has become so popularized…

The Fashionable Hiker – French Style

When hiking, first and foremost, you must be well dressed…

I’m sure you have heard the best way to dress for hiking largely depends on the conditions you plan on hiking in … clothing that wicks away moisture with less coverage in the summer and extra insulating layers in the winter – blah blah blah, yawn!

I’m not talking about good hiking boots, and sunscreen here…Nope! I’m talking about STYLE! Make the frenchies proud of you by remembering every outing, no matter the season or the destination, is an opportunity for style. It’s the French way after all!