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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Saint Emilion Macaroons

Sweet, crunchy, delicious…

Macarons de Saint-Émilion – These are seriously addicting! The macarons de Saint-Émilion (traditional French macaroons) are crunchy on the outside, and chewy on the inside…sort of like a soft Amaretti cookie, and not at all like the pastel colored Parisien Macaroons.  In fact, don’t tell the Frenchies but Macarons (macaroons) likely have an Italian influence.  

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…