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She must have been 6 when she first visited this store. At 17, our daughter Jackie still loves to shop for candy en vrac. Picture taken in Briançon, Les Hautes Alpes. EN VRAC : in bulk, in gross, loose bonbons en vrac = bulk candy du thé en vrac = loose tea AUDIO FILE: Listen to Jackie... Read more →


Having never seen a doggy bag at any restaurant in France, ever, I have no illustrative photo to launch this edition. However, I do have dozens of pictures of Mr Sacks (pictured left), who will be our sac à toutou standin today. TODAY'S WORD Le doggy bag (franglais) AUDIO FILE: Listen to Jackie read the following sentence:... Read more →


The handy-dandy serpillière, or French floor rag. If you have ever rented a place in France, you know the frenetic tidying up that takes place before you hand back the keys and hope to recuperer la caution or get back your deposit check! TODAY'S WORD état des lieux (eh-tah-day-lyuh) : an inventory or a walk-through to assess... Read more →


Abbé Pierre's "holy anger" drove him to fight for the rights of those sans-toit, without a roof over their heads. Take a moment to read about this great Frenchman, and thank you for sharing this post with a friend. France and Monaco Rentals: short-term holiday rental properties throughout France. Click here for pictures. TODAY'S WORD le (la)... Read more →


Don't miss our daughter Jackie's soundfile today, and enjoy this snapshot of Smokey and the heart shutter (roses are from Cousin Audrey). On this, the 14th day of February, la journée de la Saint-Valentin or la fête des amoureux we begin with a string of lip-swaying nouns. Go ahead and pronounce the first line in the next... Read more →


Feuille, or leaf, ranked as one of the hardest French words to say in our recent "Most Difficult Words to Pronounce" poll--which, incidently, revealed a lot of enunciation angst among readers. Today, let's take a lesson from this cat... and relax :-) Exclusive French made clothes now available to purchase on-line. Thomas Hulston Collections. TODAY's WORD: écureuil... Read more →


Some brightness for your weekend. Enjoy! Photo taken in Paris. Beautifully renovated and decorated home in the Luberon. 4 bedrooms and a study with a sofa bed, each with ensuite (full) bath. This villa comfortably sleeps 7-9 adults. What are the hardest French words to pronounce? Longtime reader, Hampton, forwarded me an article from The Local listing... Read more →


ENTER TO WIN: Tell us one way in which you know you're becoming French and enter to win today's prize at the end of this post! Click here to comment and bonne chance! Meantime, Kristi says: I know I'm becoming French because.... I'm writing for two French magazines! France Today and, now, French Provincial--Australia's #1 magazine for... Read more →