“Sweet, romantic, full of that dreamy 60’s vibe…” In honor of today, the first day of summer, enjoy this charming clip by The French Pop Dream and have yourself a glorious summer full of sun, fun, and good times! Download the MP3 version here: “The First Day of Summer” Happy Travels, -Girl Gone Gallic
It’s red poppy season here in Provence…
I love seeing their burst of color in the fields and along the roads I routinely travel. They typically bloom the month of May and start dwindling down come June. The red poppies (coquelicot in French) grow best in recently disturbed dirt – such as fields harvested or plowed over. Being in Provence, that means pretty much everywhere!
Become a Master of Useless Knowledge!
Looking to impress your friends? Make your next date think you are smarter than you are? Want to appear more interesting at parties? Dazzle your friends, neighbors, and co-workers with extremely useless random bits of random knowledge. After all they do say “All knowledge is worth having”…
OMG, I still can’t believe we are already in 2017!
I’m always amazed at how quickly the year has passed and how much has actually happened. The end of the year is always the perfect time to slow down a moment and reflect on the past years accomplishments and challenges. I especially enjoy thumbing through the years photographs and remembering all the wonderful destinations that I had the privilege to visit.
The last execution by Guillotine in France happened not so long ago… The Guillotine was designed by the surgeon Antoine Louis inspired by devices found in Italy. Dr. Louis perfected his new toy by practicing on the corpses left behind by his botched surgeries and a few sheep (dinner?). It was first presented to the French in 1789 by his friend the Doctor Joseph Guillotin from where it gets its name.
Street name use began in Paris in the 14th century. At first written on canvas and hung off buildings, then followed much later in 1761 by the now famous blue enamel plates. Before the numbering system came along, the only way to locate a home or business was exclusively by its street name. The “Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche” (“Street of the Cat that Fishes”) is the narrowest street in Paris (1,80 meters – about 6’ft), and one of the oldest.
Friday Fun Facts – Did you know? No one ever danced on the Pont d’Avignon (more precisely the Saint-Benezet Bridge) as the song claims, but under it… In the middle ages, the bridge traversed an island called “Isle de la Barthelasse” where guingettes (party boats) used to dock under the arches.
France’s National Soccer Team Join all of France in supporting the “Bleus” for today’s game against Albania played in Marseille’s Stadium. See latest game Results / TV Schedules / Live Streams Happy Travels, -Girl Gone Gallic