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Join my "I Love Cabanons" group at LinkedIn or at Facebook ... and share a little cabanon love and lore. Yabla French Video Immersion. The fun way to learn French mousse (moos) noun, feminine 1. moss 2. froth 3. mousse 4. foam 5. apprentice... ...and the funny expression: se faire de la mousse = to get all... Read more →


Photo taken in Oppède-le-Vieux (Luberon). Don't miss this photo's "sisters" and "brothers" in the latest picture gallery! . France and Monaco Rentals. Exclusive Vacation Rental Properties throughout France. châtrer (shaah-tray) verb : to castrate, to neuter . New: Featured Community Question: What to do in the Loire Valley? Que Faire Dans la Vallée de la Loire? See... Read more →


What do this dog and I have in common? We were both fragile, yet trusting, passengers over the weekend. Read on, in today's story column. (And thanks to Bernard, a photographer, and his dog "Pixelle" for allowing me to take their photo after I introduced myself to the two in a mountaintop café.) Yabla French Video Immersion.... Read more →


I was standing on a medieval bridge, over the Nesque River, when I took this photo. I did not notice the tiny mouse until I posted the (larger version of this) photo at Cinéma Vérité. That's when Margaret pointed out la souris. Next, Newforest commented on the"la girouette" and, like that, we all learned the fanciful French... Read more →


Today's story takes place in this cheese shop, in Pernes-les-Fontaines. More photos here. France and Monaco Rentals. Exclusive Vacation Rental Properties throughout France. pressé (preh-say) adj & past participle (presser) : hurried; urgent être pressé de partir = to be in a hurry to leave c'est pressé? = is it urgent? Best-selling books on the French Language:... Read more →


We spent Valentine's Day in Marseilles (not the easiest place for a wrinkling wife to keep her husband focused on the love of his life!). Posters, such as this one and the one below, were plastered all over the city. Dozens of demoiselles en dentelles. Oh no! Meet-ups: We'd LOVE to see you! Jean-Marc will be in... Read more →


Our new stagiaire even helps with the dishes! Alexis is helping Jean-Marc here at the vineyard. stage (stazh) noun, masculine : internship, training period faire un stage = to do an internship le/la stagiaire = trainee, intern Speaking Better French: The Key Words and Expressions that You'll Need Every Day. Order here. *** A Day in a... Read more →


Random photo from the Luberon. More in my weekend photo journal. . Wine Tasting with Jean-Marc! Meet him in New York and elsewhere in the States... un apprenti (ah pran tee) noun, masculine : apprentice synonyms: un stagiaire, un mousse* Next Meetup: PARIS! On March 1st at Shakespeare & Company bookshop I will be talking about writing,... Read more →


Seasons in Provence: "Winter" (c) Kristin Espinasse. More info about Provence in Julie Mautner's "The Provence Post": for those who live in, travel to or just love the South of France! Note: this picture-filled edition is best viewed online. Click here! le rein (leuh rehn) noun, masculine : kidney Audio File and Example Vocabulary: Click to hear... Read more →


This picture, snapped on the way back from the Luberon, has me singing Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah en avant! (ahn ah vahn) expression forward march! . Next Meetup: PARIS! On March 1st at Shakespeare & Company bookshop I will be talking about writing, publishing, and--bien sûr--blogging! (Starts at 7 p.m.) Blogger Espinasse has taken a step backward in the evolution... Read more →