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Our 22-year-old, Max, had a wonderful send-off party at the beach in Les Lecques (that's him centered beneath the sombrero). His closest friends gathered to wish him well in Mexico, where he will be on an exchange program through May 14th, 2018. un pot de départ : farewell drink Bonne lecture - Happy Reading! If you missed... Read more →

Sometimes the best things in life are go swimming in the sea costs nothing. (Photo of the bay in Les Lecques and La Madrague Port in St Cyr-sur-Mer) "des clopinettes" : peanuts, chickenfeed, next to nothing Click here to listen to the following French words (English translation above) Parfois les meilleurs choses de la vie sont... Read more →

Eplucher is the word of the day. You've got to peel a few zucchinis to make this easy recipe.... Eplucher : to peel Click here to listen to Jean-Marc read the following sentence in French (English translation is above) Il faut eplucher quelques courgettes pour réaliser cette recette fastoche.... A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi... Read more →

Cannes, Cassis, Annecy...what is the best city to live in? Read the response below. la bonne réponse : good answer Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce the following French translation of our opening sentence: Cannes, Cassis, Annecy...quelle est la meilleure ville pour y vivre? Lisez la réponse ci-dessous. A DAY IN A FRENCH LIFE by Kristi Espinasse Saturday night... Read more →

If you have to swallow a mouthful, better to do it in the sea, than in the pool. Photo taken this morning, while swimming with our golden. "boire la tasse" 1. to swallow a mouthful, to swallow a lot of water (while swimming) 2. to lose a lot of money, to go under Listen to Jean-Marc read... Read more →

If you have ever been harmed by words, today's quote may help you. (Photo of me by Jean-Marc, more in today's lighthearted story.) "la lance" : spear The most destructive of weapons is not the spear or the siege cannon, which can wound a body and demolish a wall. The most terrible of all weapons is the... Read more →

Yesterday we spent a relaxing day at one of the most prestigious vineyards in Provence: Chateau de Pibarnon. Listen to the previous sentence in French, just below, and don't miss the entire post and photos. First, today's word: "décontracté" relaxed, calm, serene Click the following link to listen to the French sentence (English version above) Hier nous... Read more →

Ignore the veggies for a moment and listen up: we're having a wine-tasting here at home on July 11th at 5 pm. Email to reserve your seat. Hope to see you! Yesterday, Jean-Marc and I quietly celebrated 23 years of marriage (our civil union was in Marseilles, on July 4, 1994. Read the story and see... Read more →

Transats and parasols along the sandy beach in Cassis, France. That's Jean-Marc, in his Brazil maillot, to the left. Don't miss this entire post, with photos--click the link below. "un transat" deckchair, lounge chair, chaise longue, recliner Today's word also appears in the story "Gaver (What, The French Pig Out?)" Click here to listen to Jean-Marc read... Read more →