le gîte (zheet) n.m. : shelter, lodging, home : self-catering holiday rental Il n'avait pas de gîte, pas de pain, pas de feu, pas d'amour ; mais il était joyeux parce qu'il était libre. He had no shelter, no bread, no fire, no love; but he was glad because he was free. --Victor Hugo, from Les Misérables... Read more →

Crotte makers in the southern French town of Tarradeau (Var). Crotte (krot) noun, feminine doo-doo The first time we dined together, she remarked that I was stuffy. Specifically, she said she had the impression that she had spent the evening with "la Reine." Her remarks struck me as ironic, for it was this woman and her upper-class... Read more →