Tag: French Culture

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!

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!

Le Musée des Confluences - Beetle Bug or Robot?

A Futuristic Spaceship? Robotic Beetle? Floating Metallic Cloud???

Musée des Confluences A Museum of Knowledge and Iconic Gateway into Lyon Architecture Part of the redevelopment project of the area known as the Confluence in Lyon, and located directly on the artificial peninsula as you enter the city, the Confluence Museum startles and surprises in its architecture.  Designed by the Austrian firm Coop Himmelb(l)au famous worldwide for their deconstructed architectural…

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French Beauty Secrets Revealed

The Secrets behind French Beauty Skin Care.

French women are known not only for the amazing sense of style, but also for their beautiful skin. How do they manage to have such glowing healthy skin throughout their lives? What French beauty secrets are they hiding??? To begin with, French Women know that being beautiful is not only about looking beautiful, but more importantly about FEELING beautiful and confident.

Provences Cherry Festival

10 Fantastic Reasons to Attend Provence’s Cherry Festival

Addicted to Cherries? Me Too… Cherry season is always a time that I wait for with great anticipation. All those lovely little red spheres of delicious sweet tastiness have me salivating in anticipation as the season gets going. Much to my delight, we are smack in the middle of cherry season here in Provence. And in case you hadn’t noticed, any reason is a good reason for a festival as far as the French are concerned! As such, I recently attended the Cherry Festival held in “La Roque d’Anthéron”, a sleepy little village in the backcountry of Provence about 25km from Aix en Provence.

La Marinière - French Sailor's Shirt - medallion

Friday Fun Facts – What’s up with those blue and white stripes???

 Friday Fun Facts – La Marinière Did you know?  Those blue and white stripes found on the iconic French Sailor’s shirts known as “la Marinière” follow very strict laws… The French Sailor’s shirt composition MUST follow these exacting rules: “The body is to contain precisely 21 white stripes (20mm), and 20 or 21 indigo blue stripes (10mm).  The three-quarter length…

Friday Fun Facts Statue of Liberty - Paris Ile des Cygnes - Swan Island

Friday Fun Facts – Statue of Liberty in Paris

Did you know??? Friday Fun Facts Statue of Liberty – The United States and France have a long history together. In commemoration of this alliance, the French offered the now famous Statue of Liberty in 1886. Created by French sculpture Bartholdi and built by the famous Gustave Eiffel, it represents freedom for the people – a belief held strongly by both countries. But there are so many more sisters living in Paris…

Just three years later, Americans residents living in Paris gave the French a 1/8 scale replica of our beloved Statue of Liberty. Housed on the river Seine, she faces west to gaze across the oceans towards her favorite sister in New York City.