Category French Culture

Fête de la Musique à Paris

It seems my party days are long gone.  I left work around 7ish this past Friday super excited to celebrate my first Fête de la Musique à Paris!  Based on recommendations from a colleague, we chose to head to Republique which did not disappoint.  There was a large variety of bands and musicians on every other corner […]

Salut encore de Pau!

Being a corporate expat in Paris entitles me to many wonderful perks.  One of those includes 150 hours of complementary private French classes including an immersion program. For my company, an immersion program basically entails being flown to Pau in the South-West of France and staying with a French family.  By day, you are treated […]

Roland Garros 2013

As if by magic, the change of month ushered in a completely different climate.  between Friday and Saturday, it felt like Paris transformed. I spent my Saturday, June 1st at the grounds of Roland Garros, one of the four Grand Slams of the tennis world and a huge cultural happening in France.  It was great […]


For those following my Vallée de la Loire adventure, we headed to the city of Tours and Château Cheverny after Chambord and Blois.  What struck me most during this brief 4 day adventure was how varied and unique these little cities and châteaux were.  Cheverny was particularly exciting for this reason because it felt a bit more adventurous in […]

Vallée de la Loire (II) – Blois

The Loire Valley adventure continues… as we made our way to the adorable town of Blois after Chambord.  This wasn’t initially on the plan but given its close proximity to Tours, our next destination after Orléans, it only made sense to travel through it while we still had a few hours of sunlight. I fell in […]

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