Category: Festivals

  • Bonjour! As you know, our mission at French Affaires is two-fold: to bring wonderful aspects of France to the U.S. and also to help Americans experience the best of France while traveling there. A propos, we’re putting on sort of a ‘France Fest’ this March in Texas. Below is a summary of the French events and…

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  • Following our last garden post on the marvelous Bagatelle in Paris, we just have to mention another not-to-miss garden experience in France – the stunning International Garden Festival of Chaumont-sur-Loire. Arguably the best ‘festival des jardins’ in the country (though of course there are many worthy contenders), Chaumont’s yearly garden extravaganza features remarkable landscape and garden…

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  • It all started with a bet. French queen Marie-Antoinette wagered her brother-in-law that he couldn’t build a château on his large property west of Paris in less than three months. Famously, the Comte d’Artois won. Sparing no expense, he had his petit château built in a record 64 days in 1777. To celebrate the completion…

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  • This past weekend, I got see one of the best festival traditions in France – the annual fête de la transhumance. If you haven’t come across this earthy term before, transhumance is the annual migration of animal herds from the plains to the mountains and vice versa. (The term itself derives from the Latin ‘trans’ meaning “across”…

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