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Entries from December 2015

TODAY'S FRENCH WORDS: Bon bout d'an! : Happy end of the year! ECOUTEZ/LISTEN to Jean-Marc pronouce these words: Download MP3 or Wav Bon bout d'an. Il est de tradition, en Provence, de souhaiter un "bon bout d'an" à la fin de l'année. Happy end of the year. It is a tradition, in Provence, to wish a "good... Read more →


Christmas lights in our village of St Cyr-sur-Mer MAS DE PERDRIX. A home in France that artists and writers love to rent. Work on your creative project in this inspiring environment. TODAY'S WORD: le menuisier : carpenter ECOUTEZ/LISTEN: hear Jean-Marc pronounce the following sentence: Download MP3 or Download Wav Le menuisier. Le menuisier a donner à Kristi... Read more →


An artist painting at the port near our vineyard TODAY'S FRENCH WORD: clair-obscur : chiaroscuro Chiaroscuro in art is the use of strong contrasts between light and dark, usually bold contrasts affecting a whole composition. It is also a technical term used by artists and art historians for the use of contrasts of light to achieve a... Read more →


Smokey, illustrating today's story. Thanks for reading and sharing this post. TODAY'S WORD: le singe : monkey ECOUTEZ/LISTEN: Download MP3 file Les singes sont bien trop bons pour que l'homme puisse descendre d'eux. Monkeys are much too good for men to have descended from them. -Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE... by Kristin Espinasse... Read more →


When nature decks the halls. Photo taken in Serre Chevalier, near Briançon. TODAY'S WORDS: TIENS BON! : hang in there! ECOUTEZ / LISTEN - hear Kristi pronounce today's expression: Download mp3 or Download wav file WHERE TO RENT IN FRANCE? Special thanks to our longtime sponsors--Marilyn, David, and Marianne--who have been a great support to my newsletter!... Read more →


More photos from my time with Susan, here at Instagram TODAYS WORDS: La Joie de L'Ame : the soul's joy ECOUTEZ / LISTEN to Jean-Marc pronounce today's French words: Download Joie-de-ame or Download wav La joie de l'âme est dans l'action. The soul's joy lies in doing. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE... by Kristin Espinasse Un... Read more →


PROVENCE VILLA FOR RENT With this unique combination of ancient architecture and modern amenities, the Mas de la Perdrix is cozy enough for a couple’s romantic getaway, yet spacious enough for a family reunion, friends’ get together, or couples’ retreat. TODAY'S WORD: glaner (glah-nay) verb to pick, to gather, to glean BONJOUR... The United Nations Climate Change... Read more →