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Field of purple flowers in Orange (c) Kristin Espinasse
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retour du bonheur (reuh-toor-doo-buh-neur)

    : return of happiness

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D'après le langage des fleurs, le muguet signifie "retour du bonheur".
According to the language of flowers, lily of the valley signifies "return of happiness".

Great book on how to pronounce French words: 
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My daughter tells me that today is the fête du travail, wink, wink, and doesn't that mean we get the day off? 

Wink, wink, I'd say it does.

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Larkspur, or delphinium, and a humble old cabanon in Orange (c) Kristin Espinasse
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