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Culture

Fields of Red Poppies…

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!

Floods - Girl Gone Gallic - Best of 2016 - France

A Year in Review – The Best of 2016

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.

Friday Fun Facts – The Guillotine

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.

Friday Fun Facts - Rue du Chat qui Peche

Friday Fun Facts – Parisian Street Names

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.