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Over at the French photo blog we are just getting into the swing of things! I can't wait to show you Caromb, next-door neighbor to the beloved towns of Bédoin and Crillon-le-Brave (we'll see these soon!). mansuétude (man-sooay-tood) noun, feminine : tameness, gentleness, "mercifulness"; leniency Exercises in French Phonics is... " a great book for learning French... Read more →


Meet Madame Alberte. It's cold out, but inside Madame's nest there's enough warmth for new friends: feathered, furry, and foreign, like me. Come along and see... mamie (mah-me) noun, feminine : granny A Day in a French Life... by Kristin Espinasse I was hoping she would talk to me. Chances were, she would, for as I advanced... Read more →


"Empty Niche Syndrome." Photo taken in Caromb. What To Do in Aix-En-Provence? I received the following letter from a reader and hope you can help by submitting tips on what to do and see in Aix! Kristin, If you have a moment, please... I am thinking about planning a trip to France in late August of this... Read more →


Walk or drive or bus or bike... but go somewhere new & inspiring this week. Receive French Word-A-Day via email, or sign-up a friend. mi-vitesse (me-vee-tess) adverb : half-speed A Day in a French Life... by Kristin Espinasse I drove to Roquemaure for my mom. I did it because I got tired, fed up with feeling guilty.... Read more →


Meet "Rif" and "Raf"—a couple of French gastronomes that I met while photographing Roquemaure yesterday... Please share their funny story, below, with a friend... and be sure to check out the comments box to this edition, where readers have been asked to share their favorite potato recipes! . et patati et patata (ay pah-tah-tee ay pah-tah-tah) expression... Read more →


Last night my bed felt as cozy as the steel walls of a Paris train station... . France and Monaco Rentals. Exclusive Vacation Rental Properties throughout France. veille (vey) noun, feminine : sleeplessness, wakefulness from the Latin, "vigilia" Also: en veille = watch (nightwatch) en mode veille = in sleep mode la veille = the day before... Read more →


Are there seasons in Heaven? A field of French flowers for a favorite Uncle. Help spread the French word: if you enjoy these thrice-weekly visits to France, perhaps a friend would too? Please forward today's edition or share the blog. (Smokey would like to add: "for those who don't fancy French... then please tell an animal lover... Read more →


"Bird on a French Limb" (c) Kristin Espinasse. I hope the folks over at Cinema Verite don't mind my sharing this photo. I will make it up to them this year—just as soon as we are completely "un-snow-bound"... and I can get out to the local villages and photograph the French towns! . France and Monaco Rentals.... Read more →


French footsteps in the snow. It's almost here! The new Kindle DX with a new 9.7" screen and 3G wireless coverage at home or in France!!! Order it here. enneigé (eh-neh-zhay) adjective : snowbound, snowy . A Day in a Dog's Life... By Smokey Dokey This is my dear maman (a.k.a. "Braise" [BREZ, like PEZ—the candy—and we... Read more →


Of vines and designs. What do you see in these vines? Dancers? Waves? Share your vision, here in the comments box. le pif (peef) noun, masculine : nose (slang), schnozzle au pif = at a rough guess, at random cuisiner au pif = cooking by guesswork . A Day in a French Life... by Kristin Espinasse Being... Read more →


Saperlipopette! We're snowed in today... . France and Monaco Rentals. Exclusive Vacation Rental Properties throughout France. neige (nehzh) noun, feminine : snow .A Day in a French Life... by Kristin Espinasse I woke up to the sound of exclamation. "Putain!" my husband declared. A newbie French learner might have been confounded by the word choice, putain. But,... Read more →


avoir bobo = to be hurt. Although Smokey is 99 percent bobo free, I cannot say the same about my latest book. Read on and see whether you can help! (photo taken this morning.) bobo* (boh boh) noun, masculine : owie, a sore, a hurt *French baby talk **Update: this just in, via email from Mac: "Also... Read more →


At the historic Mère Germaine restaurant/hotel in Châteauneuf-du-Pape. le déjeuner (day-zhun-ay) noun, masculine : lunch Déjeuner is also a verb: to lunchA Day in a Dog's Life... by Smokey and Braise This column is dedicated to my nephew and his sister, 8 and 6 years old, respectively. If you know of a child who might enjoy these... Read more →


Because French Life is what we do best... photo taken in nearby Beaumes de Venises. Difficulty reading the newsletter version of French Word-A-Day? Try reading it at the website: click here. (Tip, you can always access the web version by clicking on the word of the day, just above the photo.) France and Monaco Rentals. Exclusive Vacation... Read more →


Photo of a tree in our front yard. I took the picture before we left on vacation. I imagine the leaves have fallen by now (it snowed here while we were away). I will have a look at things tomorrow morning, when the sun returns. Bonne Année! Happy New year to all. We have just touched down... Read more →