Winter Arrives in Southwest France
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by Vanessa in France
1w ago
We ate lunch outside on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, basking in warm sunshine. Lulled by this, and an exceptionally mild early January, we were unprepared for what hit us last night. Winter had arrived, with a vengeance. Okay, it was only about 4-5 cm of snow, a mere bagatelle to those of you ..read more
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How Provincials Took Over the Paris Café Scene
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by Vanessa in France
2w ago
A very Happy New Year, Bonne Année à tous et à toutes. Welcome to the first blog post of the year. I can’t believe that we are almost in mid-January already. Life resumes its normal course in the new year. The Christmas decs are back in their box, many restaurants are shut for the month ..read more
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Life on La Lune French Christmas Quiz 2022: the Answers
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by Vanessa in France
1M ago
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was “Noël au balcon” (Christmas on the balcony) with temperatures nudging 20C. This usually means it will be “Pâques aux tisons” (Easter by the embers, or by the fire). C’est à voir. How did you get on with the quiz? Here are the answers. Award yourself one ..read more
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Life on La Lune French Christmas Quiz 2022
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by Vanessa in France
1M ago
Season’s Greetings to all my readers. Thank you for reading the blog this year and for all your emails and comments here and on Facebook and elsewhere. Welcome to the 12th Edition of the Life on La Lune French Christmas Quiz, my little Christmas gift to you, chers lecteurs. Twenty questions on aspects of French ..read more
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What a Pain! The Rise and Rise of the Baguette
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by Vanessa in France
1M ago
Excuse the pun. Along with the Tour Eiffel, the 2CV and the beret, the baguette is one of France’s most recognisable national symbols. Around six billion of these iconic sticks of bread are baked every year. Now UNESCO has given it a place on its Intangible Cultural Heritage List. This accolade recognises the artisanal savoir-faire ..read more
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Language Notes: Little French Words that are Hard to Translate
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by Vanessa in France
2M ago
It’s a while since we had a language post. French as it is spoken bears little resemblance to the French we pored over at school. I learned the language for years, but it did little to equip me for life here, or even for holidays. For some reason, a passage we had to translate from ..read more
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Keeping You Posted: A Tour Around La Poste
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by Vanessa in France
2M ago
Big thanks to new readers and, as ever, to “old” ones for following. Which letter holds the record for the longest delivery time ever in France? How much should you tip the postman at Christmas? And which VIP has their own personal sorting office? Find out below. During the lockdowns, our biggest daily excitement was ..read more
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Sometimes the Best Things are the Simplest
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by Vanessa in France
2M ago
I love the autumn. It’s my favourite season, especially now, when the trees are starting to turn. Despite the summer and early autumn drought, they retained green leaves longer than normal. Strong winds and rain have already brought down cascades of leaves along our lane, a fleeting flash of gold and ochre before they crumble ..read more
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Armistice Day in France: Echoes of Past Conflicts
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by Vanessa in France
2M ago
On Friday, around fifty people gathered in the warm November sunshine at the war memorial in our village. This was Armistice Day, the 11th November, the day in 1918 when the guns fell silent along the Western Front at 11 am, marking the end of one of the most catastrophic wars in history. It was ..read more
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On the Trail of Le Drac, A Mythical French Creature
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by Vanessa in France
3M ago
I know I’ve inflicted two posts on you in as many days, but I can’t let Hallowe’en pass without going in pursuit of a mythical beast. Every country has its myths and legends, and France is no exception. In country areas, people exchanged them during les veillées, when neighbours came together for company on winter ..read more
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