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The family hat. John bought it for Mom, in Mexico. Mom left it to me, in France. Marsha borrowed it in San Remo, and yesterday, while sitting out in the morning sun enjoying our coffee together, Dad asked: may I use your hat? une nappe (nap) : tablecloth, sheet (layer) la nappe phréatique = ground water, water... Read more →


My family and I stole away for a two-day séjour in Italy. C'était dépaysant, as the French say--or a nice "change of scenery". Mas la Monaque - Rent this beautifully restored 17-century farm. Click here for photos un séjour (say-joor) 1. stay 2. living room, family room bon séjour = have a nice stay une carte de... Read more →


An old hardware store in Les Arcs-sur-Argens... and another one in today's vignette. Provence Villa Rental Luberon luxury home; 4 bedrooms, 5 baths; gourmet kitchen, covered terrace & pool. Views of Roussillon. Click here. c'est moi qui paye (say-mwah-kee-pay) : it's on me Example Sentence: Non, mais tu rigoles? C'est moi qui paye! Don't be silly. I'm... Read more →


"Soda Pop". The cliché, above, was an accidental self portrait taken while focusing on the bigger picture. It will remain a whimsical and wonderful souvenir of my visit with Dad. Note: Pop and I aren't really drinking sodas (and I never call Dad "pop", except to name this photo): that's a can of water in my left... Read more →


A calanque is an inlet from the sea, ideal for walking your dog, picnics, and snorkeling! Provence Villa Rental Luberon luxury home; 4 bedrooms, 5 baths; gourmet kitchen, covered terrace & pool. Views of Roussillon. Click here. être coincé (etruh-kwen-say) : to be stranded Audio File: listen to Jean-Marc: Download MP3 or Wav Nous avons été coincés... Read more →


A wild boar, a hedgehog, a dog... lion... chicken. I can't find a photo of a porpoise to illustrate today's word--thankfully these furry and feathery volunteers behind a shop window are happy to pose as one. (And the handwritten ads were taped to the window by students looking for work). France and Monaco Rentals: short-term holiday rental... Read more →


Jean-Marc took this photo while out fishing for daurade (sea bream or porgy). He brought back some bulots, or whelk, instead. I'll try to post a picture soon. Meantime, has a friend forwarded you this post? Sign up to receive this French word journal directly in your inbox. Provence Villa Rental Luberon luxury home; 4 bedrooms, 5... Read more →


Random photo... and nothing to do with the BIG FAVOR I want to ask you--except to butter you up. (Will pastry butter do the trick?) I've just joined Goodreads, a site where bookworms hang out and share what they're reading. I invite you to connect with me there and (here's the favor part) add my books to... Read more →