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A black-and-white photo for a change and some frissons in today's edition. (Picture taken five years ago in Brignoles) le frisson (frih-sohn) : shiver; shudder, thrill Audio File: Listen to Jean-Marc: Download MP3 or Wav file Je me demande si, comme moi, elle ressent des frissons en écoutant cette chanson? I wonder whether, like me, she has... Read more →

It's a little more chaotic than usual around here today--there are workers in the living room, workers in the bathroom, workers in the trees! I chose this calming image to begin this post... up to you to choose today's story à votre guise. Provence Villa Rental Luberon luxury home; 4 bedrooms, 5 baths; gourmet kitchen, covered terrace... Read more →

La Grotte - the restaurant at the end of Marseilles located dans les Calanques de Callelongue (les Goudes) un kleptomane (klepto-man) : kleptomaniac Audio File: Listen to the sentence below: Download MP3 or Wav file Un kleptomane ne peut se retenir de dérober des objets, la plupart du temps sans aucune valeur. A kleptomaniac cannot help himself... Read more →

Today is Earth Day and we're talking about a humble old arbre also known as The True Service Tree. (Don't mind this artichoke, today's subject is still "tree", but the artichoke's red and dotted passenger seemed a good fit with Earth Day!) espèce en voie de disparition : endangered species Audio File: Download MP3 or Download Wav... Read more →

The wind and sea in Marseilles.... French Quote: Les larmes sont les pétales du coeur. --Paul Eluard Tears are the heart's petals. Audio File: Reread the above quote, then listen to it here: Download MP3 or Wav file A Day in a French Life... by Kristin Espinasse Coming Home Standing before the great iron gates of the... Read more →

One of the doors on the cathedral of Notre-Dame de la Garde in Marseilles. We visited there, yesterday, after renewing the kids' passports at the American consulate. See the giant gond on the right? See today's expression, below... le gond (le gohn) : hinge sortir de ses gonds = to come unhinged, to lose it Audio File:... Read more →

Please share today's "Dogs of France (and Europe!)" post with an animal lover. Meantime, French learners will appreciate notes on all the "bon" expressions (bon courage, bon appétit, bon séjour) and insights into the French idiosyncracy of well wishing. Read on ... but first allow me to wish you bonne lecture!, or happy reading! bon (boh(n) silent... Read more →

Houp-là! (Whoops-a-daisy!) Today's story was supposed to be about kumquats but I got completely off track. I should change the word of the day from écorce to hotte (see the missive, below...) but no turning back now! We'll get to the "peel" story later! (photo taken in Camaret-sur-Argens. The sign reads: Send flowers to those you love.... Read more →

"Traffic" in the town of Vaison-la-Romaine. A car lover will appreciate today's edition, which focuses on a unique off-road vehicle, the UMM. Thanks for forwarding the post on to a friend! quatre-quatre or 4X4 (kat-kat or kat-ruh kat-ruh) (see sound file below) : four-wheel drive Exercises in French Phonics - great for learning French pronunciation. Order your... Read more →

Jean-Marc and I stole away to Porquerolles island recently. Because it was play and not work, I didn't pay a lot of attention to detail or think about what could be shared in another France city guide. This is where you come in. If you have been to Porquerolles, or have researched it while planning a future... Read more →