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Children’s education: a comparison of En

Children’s education: a comparison of England and France {day twenty-one}

There are quite a few books popularising the idea that French parents have great ideas about education that lead to better-behaved children than the rest of the world. The way that French parents educate their children may have a different emphasis to other countries and some of the suggestions, whilst common-sense to a French person, might be […]

Classic French Books for Children {day t...

Classic French Books for Children {day twenty}

For this post, I have had to search my memory for French books for children that impacted me when I was growing up. It was a tough task, but let’s not linger on the state of my neurons and instead look at what books French children are most likely to grow up with, though school […]

The Truth about Frogs and Snails {day ni...

The Truth about Frogs and Snails {day nineteen}

When I was preparing for this series earlier this year, I asked people on my Facebook page if they had any questions about the French that they would like answered, and one of the things that came up was: why do the French eat frogs and snails? That’s a good question, which is just as […]

Famous French Quote #3 {day eighteen}

Famous French Quote #3 {day eighteen}

Chaque homme est coupable de tout le bien qu’il n’a pas fait. Every man is guilty of all the good he did not do. Voltaire, writer and philosopher (1694-1778)

French Beauty Secrets {day seventeen}

French Beauty Secrets {day seventeen}

The French have a reputation for producing world-renowned beauty products, some of which you will be familiar with, and others less so. There are so many fantastic French products, I’ve tried to choose the most helpful links I could think of, but I’m sure I will have missed many! In supermarkets, you will find typically French brands […]

Classic French recipe: Gratin Dauphinois...

Classic French recipe: Gratin Dauphinois {day sixteen}

I love a good Gratin Dauphinois, I mean, what’s not to like about potatoes and cream with a hint of garlic and a beautiful melted cheese on top? It is one of my favourite comfort foods and works brilliantly as a side to most types of roast meat, especially beef. I usually serve it as a […]

Celebrate the year French-style {day fif...

Celebrate the year French-style {day fifteen}

A common idea about French people is that they have a lot of holidays, and it’s one of the few that is actually true. Most French people get five weeks holiday a year by law, and surprise surprise, they often take the bulk of them during the summer in either July or August, hence why French […]

How to think deep thoughts like the Fren...

How to think deep thoughts like the French {day fourteen}

To be able to think like the French – well, you probably can’t unless you went to school in France, as it’s ingrained into you in the way that you are educated, a bit like the daily singing of the national anthem in the US. But you can try, and here is how: We are all shaped […]

A Beginner’s Guide to French Literature

A Beginner’s Guide to French Literature {day thirteen}

I love books and I will read most things but I suffered through a French education that pretty much destroyed my enjoyment of classic French literature by making me read and critique Really Depressing Books (in capitals because omg the hopelessness). There are so many French authors though, both classic and modern, covering pretty much every subject […]

The French Rules of Coffee Drinking {day...

The French Rules of Coffee Drinking {day twelve}

Coffee is important to us French people. You start as a child by dunking a sugar cube into black espresso and you move on to the full cup around the time you hit high school. I remember one particular day when a class had been cancelled, a group of us seventeen-year-olds packed ourselves in the nearest […]

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