Join us tomorrow at 3:30 pm for a winetasting. Jean-Marc and I are happy to welcome you here (near Bandol). Confirm at More tasting dates: October 3rd and October 19. Email the address above, for more info. TODAY'S WORD: la câpre : caper le câprier = caper plant ECOUTEZ/LISTEN Listen to Jean-Marc pronounce these French words:... Read more →

The photo Jean-Marc took of our daughter, before she momentarily disappeared. The illusion of calm attracts swimmers. However, when great waves diminish, they (swimmers) are taken far away from the beach. When they try to swim against the current, they tire, weaken, and end up drowning. (See French translation below). Today's Word: contre-courant : ripcurrent, pull of... Read more →

Smokey's Excellent Vacation - We just returned from the Ile d'Oléron with all four--make that five!--members of our family. From a nightly game of Yam (Yahtzee) to regular forays to the ocean, we had a restful and memorable time together. See all the pictures right here. (And did you spot Mr. Sacks in the photo above?) MILLE... Read more →

What's your favorite way to get around France? Walk or ride? If you said "ride," then today's covoiturage tip is for you! le covoiturage (ko-vwah-tewr-ahzh) : rideshare, carshare, carsharing, carpool Audio File and Example Sentence: Download MP3 or Wav file BlablaCar est un service de covoiturage economique, ecologique et convivial. BlaBlaCar is a carpool service that's economical,... Read more →

Four weeks flew by since Jackie received this warm welcome from her cousins on arriving in Denver. I picked up my daughter at the Nice airport on Sunday, only she wasn't smiling anymore and neither was I. Read on. manque de chance (mahnk-deuh-shahnse) : bad luck, ill luck Audio File: Listen to Jean-Marc Download MP3 or Wave... Read more →

One of these locals taught me a funny expression when, at a local café, she sent back her fried eggs, complaining they were cold as a dead man's butt! So I promised Lulu (left) that today's not-so-French expression would be in her honor... aussi froid que le cul d'un mort* (oh si fwah keuh leuh kul dun... Read more →

A rose-lover's Shangri-la: the village of Grignan. (Just don't steal the flowers... or the sweetness.... read on in today's story column. choper (sho-pay) verb : to steal, to nib; to catch Audio File: listen to Jean-Marc pronounce these French words (Download MP3 or Wav file) Il a chopé un rhume / He caught a cold. Elles ont... Read more →


Photo taken in Barcelonnette Pêle-Mêle (pel-mel) higgledy-piggledy, any old how Jean-Marc pulled into the snow-n-slush parking lot behind l'Equipe Hotel, got out and searched for the entrance. Ignoring the two-foot-tall board marked ENTREE, he side-trekked around the back of the building. I think he purposely misses these "how-to" signs and, in so doing, he turns life into... Read more →