A few years ago, my husband and I had the good fortune of landing in the charming French village of Courances near Paris. Though only about 45 minutes by car (without traffic!) from la Capitale, it is full-on, spacious countryside where we have our French house. Rich green fields, gentle rolling hills and sturdy forests…

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  • France reigns supreme amongst the world’s top places to visit and in my view, this recognition is ‘très bien mérité’ (very well deserved). Pound for pound, inch for inch, France has arguably the most delectable scenery and sights on the entire planet. The country’s rich history, art, architecture, monuments, culture, landscapes, nature, cuisine and wines…

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  • Happy New Year to all! Bonne Année à tous! For those of you who are new to French Affaires, I wanted to take a moment in this new year to briefly describe what we’re all about. The story goes back to learning my first French words at age five. I still remember our Montessori school…

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  • Daily life in France is fairly legendary – and for good reason. So much of France is pretty as a postcard – literally – with beautiful landscapes and gardens, over-the-top picturesque towns and villages, the habit of taking time to slow down and ‘smell the roses,’ the attention paid to good cooking and good eating,…

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  • Bonjour from the French countryside! I am so pleased to share that the French Affaires’ new website is at last up and running. It’s overflowing with the best of France happenings, insider sights and sites, essential tips and resources, travel opportunities, events and classes, and more. As you may know, I was a university professor of…

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  • 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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  • Bonjour from snowy France! You may have heard it’s been quite a wintry weather experience here the past few weeks. And it came on rather suddenly after a very mild December and January. In fact, I thought spring was just around the corner since our flowering cherry trees were starting to bloom and the daffodils…

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  • Bonjour! It’s a new year and all sorts of new France experiences are in the works here at French Affaires. Our special 2018 journeys to Paris, Normandy, the French countryside and more are set to be personal, unique windows into the rich culture, history, cuisine and people of France. We also have a host of French-related activities slated for this spring…

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  • In France, New Year’s greetings and king’s cakes go hand in hand. After all the Christmas bûches de Noël (yule log cakes), it’s immediately time for the galettes des rois (king’s or kings’ cakes). During the season of Epiphanie, also known as la Fête des rois (Three Kings Day, or Feast of the Epiphany, or…

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  • Yesterday, my husband and I joined the crowds of bustling French shoppers picking up last minute items for Christmas. Yes, people were out buying gifts but the main attraction of course was the FOOD. This is France, after all. The boulangeries (bakeries), pâtisseries (pastry shops), boucheries (butchers), charcuteries (gourmet deli, though that term doesn’t do it justice in France!), poissoneries…

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