Tag: French Culture

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…

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.

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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 - C'est Les Soldes

Friday Fun Facts – C’est Les Soldes!

Did you know??? For a period of six weeks in the winter and again in spring, France’s retailers put their lingering unsold stock on sale for the savvy to pick up at serious discounts. From Wednesday January 11th through Tuesday February 21st, 2017.

Clearance sales began with the advent of the first department stores in Paris, the earliest dating back to 1784. Retailers needed a way to dispose of surplus inventory to clear the way for new merchandise. An idea dreamed up by François Mannoury to spur buying, the first official clearance sales were held at the “Petit Saint Thomas” in the mid 1800’s. He was also the creator and first to offer sales by correspondence.

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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.

French Saffron – Facts, Fun, History and Legends

French Saffron was first cultivated in Southern France by the Romans. After the decline of the Roman Empire, its use all but disappeared until the Moors brought it back again during the Black Death Era as a potential cure. In fact, demand became so strong that Pirates would target Saffron import ships instead of those loaded with gold bars or coins. The disappearance of a Saffron Ship even sparked the 14 week long “Saffron War”.