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L'île de Groix, where we vacationed in 2006. We are heading back to Brittany, to a different island, on Friday.... Note: French Word-A-Day will be on break through August 3rd. rouler de nuit (roo-lay-deuh-nwee) : to drive through the night Audio File: Listen to Jean-Marc's French: Download MP3 file or hear this Wave file Pour rouler tranquille... Read more →


I couldn't find a picture to illustrate today's word (oreiller) so how about a snapshot of a favorite summertime libation? Also a great way to recycle these Domaine Rouge-Bleu wine bottles! oreiller (oh-ray-yay) noun, masculine : pillow prendre conseil de son oreiller = to sleep on it (re decision making) une taie d'oreiller = pillowcase une bataille... Read more →


Summertime in the seaside town of Cassis. Don't these chairs look like fruity popsicle flavors (that is, if flavor could be visible to the eye)? Grape, blueberry, citron vert, melon, framboise.... Provence Villa Rental Luberon luxury home; 4 bedrooms, 5 baths; gourmet kitchen, covered terrace & pool. Views of Roussillon. Click here juilletiste (jwee-ay-teest) m&f : a... Read more →


Who (or what) is your muse? For me it can be a scene, like this one... and suddenly inspiration comes! Photo taken in Les Arcs-sur-Argens, where we lived from 1999-2007. France and Monaco Rentals. Exclusive Vacation Rental Properties throughout France. I tried to find a French synonym for une muse, but I landed on a French definition... Read more →


Click on this photo to view it full size. Here are the ladies at the book club in Marseilles. As Agnès (in black, third from right) said, it is a privilege to have girlfriends like these! After agonizing in today's story (the subject is "becoming une dame... when one still secretly believes she's une fille"), I had... Read more →


#doggybag is the term in Twitter speak (tweet with us here), but how do you say "Can I take it home?" in French? Pictured: Braise (left) looks embarrassed as her son, Smokey, is about to ask for a sac de chien for his leftover beurre de cacahouètes, or peanut butter. "Smokey, that's not the correct translation and,... Read more →


Nothing to do with today's word, just an iconic zinc bar in Marseilles: Le Bar de la Marine (made famous by Marcel Pagnol in his "Marius" Trilogy. Speaking of bars, good news! Our Domaine Rouge-Bleu wines are now available in Japan. Is this post being forwarded to you? Click here to receive a free subscription to French... Read more →