Favorite word for car in French
Quelle idée! = What a crazy idea! Or was it?

apprendre à se connaître

Meetup-Kristin Espinasse-April-2014

From left to right: Kristi, Carole, Nancy, Bernd, Jill, Agnès, Charles, and Jean-Marc. And behind the camera, Charles's wife, Martha. We are in the Crêperie du Hameau, which overlooks the sweet fishing port of Madrague, just east of Cassis. Don't miss Jill's wonderful write up--and you'll love her "vintage buying in France" blog--click here.


Style & comfort in the beauty of the Provencal countryside. 4 bedrooms & a study with a sofa bed, each with ensuite (full) bath. Villa comfortably sleeps 7-9 adults.

apprendre à se connaître

: to get to know one another, oneself

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Apprendre à se connaître, à comprendre sa personnalité, ses réactions, ses ressentis, ses blocages, c'est une autre façon de grandir et de profiter pleinement de sa vie. To get to know oneself, to understand one's personality, one's reactions, one's feelings, one's mental blocks, is another way to grow and fully enjoy one's life. --psychologies.com

A Day in a FRENCH Life... by Kristin Espinasse

Do you know that feeling when you wake up in the morning and, still dumbed by sleep, you are eerily at peace?

And then, petit à petit, reality creeps in. You remember the lab test that came back positive or the dogs that went fugitive or the person beside you--the one you are no longer speaking to. 

Seized, you wither like a stolen rose--circumstances are out of your control. A familiar voice whispers to you: "The doctors will screw up, traffic's run over your pup, and your husband's had enough!"

The trick, Fellow Traveler, is to run faster than the rose-petalled robbers! Hope is your engine. Get out of bed and keep moving through your day UNTIL YOU HEAR BARKING ON THE HORIZON.

Everything will come back to you if it's meant to: health and loved ones--including your damn husband. 

(Chou-chou, if you're reading--this song's for you: Like To Get To Know You Again by Edie Brickell)

Comments welcome here. If you are new to this journal, catch up on our cross-cultural story in the books Blossoming in Provence and First French Essais

French Vocabulary:
  petit à petit = little by little
  chouchou = sweetie

Chief Grape
Damn handsome, and I can't argue there :-) I made a video of him on his vintage tractor. Don't miss it here.

 New rental in Provence. In the charming village of Sablet--this spacious home is the perfect place to return to after sightseeing, bicycling or hiking.

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