Notes from Normandy
French Affaires
by sundaram
3M ago
Dear Friends of French Affaires, As usual, we have the heat and humidity challenge during the US summers. Pretty much everywhere. So, it was pleasant to enjoy open windows at night, upper 50s, maybe 80F during the day, on my recent trip to Normandy. France has not, of course, been immune from the summer heat (and fires in the SW). Paris had a couple stints of canicule (heat wave), getting up to 104. I can recall a couple occasions in Courances and in Paris when it got this hot. We purchased a floor unit a/c that worked reasonably well. Elizabeth bought me a kiddie pool and I’d fill it with the ..read more
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Mid June News and Notes from France
French Affaires
by sundaram
3M ago
Dear Friends of French Affaires, I so enjoyed hearing from many of you after the last Newsletter. I have had interest shown in trips presently on offer at our website. I have made contact with former participants at French Affaires, as well as new people excited to be in contact. Some others were unaware of Elizabeth’s sudden passing. As you know, she had so many friends and supporters of her, and those who have appreciated her wisdom, kindness, intelligence and love of things beautiful. Thank you for reaching out. This has also enabled me to evaluate the present climate for travel and where t ..read more
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News and Notes from France – January 2022
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by Elizabeth New Seitz
10M ago
Dear Friends of French Affaires As you know, I am excited to be able to continue Elizabeth’s fine work at French Affaires. Two successful trips took place in Burgundy and Lyon in September and October 2021, followed by the popular “Paris at the Holidays” offering. These are being offered again in 2022. You can see the descriptions here. In addition, we are doing a major private trip in April-May in Paris, followed by the very popular two-week “Live Like a Local” French language immersion trip in lovely Aix-en-Provence. Two weeks in Provence. I am headed there to review the events the first wee ..read more
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In Memoriam, Elizabeth New Seitz
French Affaires
by sundaram
1y ago
Dear French Affaires Friends, Elizabeth New Seitz passed away on 23 September 2021. It was a tragic loss for me, her husband, and all her many French Affaires friends, among others. She fought bravely, just as she did with everything in her life. Elizabeth and I married in 2009 and shortly thereafter, with my enthusiastic encouragement, she started French Affaires. I have had the joy and the privilege to journey alongside her. We moved to France in 2015 and this only increased our love for, and hands-on commitment to, the French Affaires vision. Many of you will have visited us in our Courance ..read more
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News and Notes from France – May 2021
French Affaires
by Elizabeth New Seitz
1y ago
Bonjour France friends! There is lots of good news and other news coming from the Hexagon these days including the French government’s four-part plan to reopen to both residents and visitors over the next several weeks. Keep reading to find out these details as well as discover the latest new museum openings in Paris, a recap of the Napoleon commemorations this past week by the French President Emmanuel Macron and the big media debates for and against the French Emperor, and an invitation to discover the Dordogne in Southwest France through a unique viewpoint. We’re also excited about the rece ..read more
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We’ll Always Have Soufflés in Paris…
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by Elizabeth New Seitz
1y ago
Tucked away on a quiet street near the Tuileries gardens and just a stone’s throw from the raucous Rue de Rivoli is one of Paris’s best restaurant treasures – and one of my regular hangouts. It’s also home to my favorite Parisian neon sign. Located at 36, Rue du Mont Thabor in the first arrondissement, Le Soufflé serves some of the finest soufflés in France and has been doing so for decades, six in fact. A rousing ‘Joyeux anniversaire’ is due this classic Paris gem which celebrates its 60th birthday this year. And their charming neon sign in the shape of a soufflé still serves as a beacon for ..read more
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Easter Monday in France
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by Elizabeth New Seitz
1y ago
It’s Easter Monday and an official holiday in France, the culmination of le Carême (Lent), and also the last day of the long French holiday weekend. Le lundi de Pâques marks the end of la semaine sainte (Holy Week) which starts with Palm Sunday – le Dimanche des Rameaux. My favorite Palm Sunday in France was years ago when dear husband I were in the little town of Maussane in Provence. It was a glorious day and the church was packed. Instead of palms, olive tree branches and boxwood branches were offered to everyone during the service. French parishes typically use whatever fronds are readily ..read more
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French Garden Paradise in Normandy – Le Château de Brécy
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by Elizabeth New Seitz
1y ago
If there were ever a perfect spot on earth, the Château and Gardens of Brécy in Normandy would come very close. Situated in the rolling green countryside near Bayeux not far from the English Channel, this extraordinary estate fuses several epochs and several garden experiences into one magnificent locale. While Brécy can trace its roots back to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, its soul and spirit embody the baroque exuberance of 17th century France. Even though its early historic records are incomplete, experts believe the stately yet modest Louis XIII style Château de Brécy was built bet ..read more
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Joyeux Noël et Belle Année 2021!
French Affaires
by Elizabeth New Seitz
1y ago
Dear France friends – With this unusual year coming to a close, the holiday spirit – French or otherwise! – seems especially important. Even with masks and limited gatherings and curfews, the French are readying their holiday plans and their gourmet Christmas eve and New- year’s eve dinners – arguably the most festive meals on the French calendar – and chilling their champagne. And we can’t forget their yummy bûches de Noël for dessert. It’s been challenging in France (as elsewhere) but everyone I know is looking forward to a new year and a new season of life. Naturally, I am looking ..read more
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American Thanksgiving in France – Ordering a Turkey and Celebrating ‘Merci Donnant’
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by Elizabeth New Seitz
1y ago
When I was living in Paris in the early 1990s long before American Thanksgiving in France had become trendy, I remember opening the pages of the International Herald Tribune* on my first Thanksgiving Thursday in la Capitale. As I flipped through, a particular column caught my eye: “Merci Donnant.” Now, anyone who can speak French knows immediately that ‘merci donnant’ – literally ‘thanks’ and ‘giving’ – does not exist in the Gallic language. Intrigued, I read on. Thanksgiving season in the French countryside in Courances. Photo: Eric Sander Now, mind you, Paris in this era (a fabulo ..read more
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