About French Affaires

When I first set foot in Paris as a teenager, les pyramides in front of the Louvre didn’t exist, the Musée d’Orsay was a defunct train station with broken windows, and the cathedral of Notre Dame would continue to display a sooty black façade for another twenty plus years. Still, Paris had that certain je ne sais quoi. And, like so many before me, I was hooked…well, nearly.

In early 1985, I immersed myself in Provence and in the French way of life as a college student–and was captivated. Though my French needed (a lot) more work, I was touched by everything…the light, the landscape, the colors…the art and architecture that were old…the Roman ruins that were really old…the lively, open-air markets with dazzling fruits and vegetables…strawberries that tasted more strawberry than any I had ever eaten…and of course, the French people who were just so French. It was truly a feast for the senses.

Many years, a few degrees in French, a livelihood as a French professor and several long sojourns in France later, I decided to share my passion for all things French beyond the classroom. I wanted to focus on that magical space where travel, culture and language intersect. And so, French Affaires was born.

From special travel experiences in France, to personalized trip design, to visual travel and culture lectures such as “The Best of Paris,” “The Best of Provence” and “Paris Museum Tour,” to language courses including “French for Travelers” and “Advanced French Conversation,” French Affaires offers an immersion into l’art de vivre–the art of living–the French way.

Come and join us for a “journey” to France. Your French adventure awaits!

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About Elizabeth New Seitz, Ph.D.

A native Texan, Dr. Elizabeth New Seitz is a noted expert in French language and culture. She is the founder of French Affaires, a unique company celebrating French travel, culture, language and l’art de vivre. She received her B.A., M.A. & Ph.D. in French from Vanderbilt University and studied at the Sorbonne in Paris and with Vanderbilt-in-France in Aix-en-Provence. She has lived, worked and traveled extensively in France since 1983. A former university French professor, her specialty is making France wonderfully personal and accessible to everyone through her one-of-a-kind France journeys; custom France trip design; and French events, classes and lectures. She still loves to teach the French language and is often asked to speak about French culture to groups across the U.S. Elizabeth, her husband and their French dog Marcel divide their time between the U.S. and their house in Courances, France. She is currently writing two books on France.

Left photo credit: The Dallas Morning News/Sonya N. Hebert

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