Going back to France after 15 years

How Does It feel To Go Back Home To France After 15 Years

When the plane touched down on French soil at 11:28 AM in August 20, 2015, I smiled and I said to myself, happy birthday Sylviane!

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Interview with author Jessica Pasa

Interview With Book Author Jessica Pasa

I met Jessica on a Linkedin Group we both belong to. Interview with Jessica Pasa

She got my attention because she wrote a book about her experience living in France.

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France Sixth Country That Likes My Blog

France Sixth Country That Likes My Blog!

I know.

I usually I don’t post this type of topics on this section of my blog.

But this happens to my my 500th post on my blog.  So, I feel that this topic actually fits the Read more

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French Social Rules Don't Be Awkward

French Social Rules Don’t Be Awkward

I have noticed that people love to read articles about differences in cultures, because cultures are something that amazes us as humans. At least some of us.

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Je Suis Charlien the Huge March

Je Suis Charlie The Huge March

Last week I wrote a post on my travel section about what happened in France on January 7th at the headquarters of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

This hit close to home, and while being someone who rarely Read more

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Charlie Hebdo France Has Been Hurt Because Of A Cartoon

Charlie Hebdo France Has Been Hurt Because Of A Cartoon

France and the rest of Europe, really, as well as the rest of the world have felt the hurt.

Many countries in Europe, and all over the world, such as Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg,  Italy, Spain, Poland, the UK, Read more

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7 American Products Found In France Which Prove That French Don’t Hate Americans

French Hate Americans! Really? Did You Know About This?

I have to say that I find it strange at times when I hear that French hate Americans. I assume that as in most cases when people make statements like that, they base their judgment on lack of accurate information at best.

What American people who are saying “French don’t like Americans” probably don’t know is how much American products of all kind are coming to France.  Product type as you will realize, America has so far refused to integrate in the United States, when it comes to the other way around.

France has never had any problem integrating American products to a point that America is not even close in this regard. Now if French hated Americans, how would that even be the case at all?

When was the last time you’ve heard a French song on an American radio? When was the last time you’ve heard a French song in an American movie?  When was the last time you were able to go see the last French blockbuster at your favorite theater?  When was the last time you purchased a French car?

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The History Of The Euro

Can you believe it? It’s been 15 years already that the Euro was introduced to Europe as the new currency to exchange for goods.

Well, to be precise, from January 1, 1999 to January 1, 2002 Euro currency was used for cash-less payment and accounting only, while the national currency of each respective countries was still in use. In other words, the transition took 3 years, because it wasn’t all that easy to go from on currency to another in a dozen countries.

But finally, on January 1, 2002 the physical euro currency started circulating, replacing the national currency.

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Why French People May Be Rude To You And How To Avoid It

Some people say that French people are rude, which by the way, it’s more of a rumor than the real truth.

But let me ask you this! Have you ever asked yourself why you might have found yourself in situations that you might have provoked, unwillingly, because you didn’t know enough about the French culture?

Culture differences can sometimes rub a person the wrong way and make them react in a way that seems rude. So, in this post I wanted to tell you about a few things that will make just any French person you meet much nicer to you.

So, let’s start.

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Best And Most Popular Posts About France And French Language Of 2013

I was going to write a totally different post today announcing something new that I’m doing and that relates to the topic of this blog, but since this thing includes the creation of a new page, I decided to postpone it until next week or the one after.

So, instead, since this is still January 3rd and many people are still not quite out of the holiday daze yet, I thought I’d resume my best and most popular posts of 2013, and give a chance to those who haven’t yet to discover what this blog is about.

Before I do, though, I wanted to say that this year I will be striving to write even more interesting posts in the hope of making this blog a popular one in its niche.

By the way, if there are specific topics about France that you would love to know more about, let me know, and I’ll try to write about it.

So, without further ado, let’s see what I’ve wrote about in 2013 by topics.

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10 Best French Christmas Songs And Carols

Last week I wrote about the the customs of Christmas in France, and today, since this is 4 days before Christmas eve, I think that it only make sense to keep with my Christmas theme.

Christmas songs and carols are very popular here, but they are very popular in France too.  So today I pick 10 of my favorite and most popular French Christmas songs and carols.  In some of them you’ll recognize the tune, since you have their English version, and others are 100% French product.

According to Wikipedia the oldest Christmas carol dates from the XVI century, and it was called “Between the Ox and the Gray Donkey.” You can listen to it down below as a bonus.

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What Are The Traditions of “Noël” French Christmas?

Christmas time “Noël” in French, is a wonderful time of the year in France.

Christmas season in France actually starts on December 6 with Saint Nicolas’ day (in the North) until January 6 “la fete des Rois” which I’ve written a post about a year ago.  So, Christmas season really last a whole month.

Besides summer vacations, this time used to be my next favorite time of the year.

Even though it’s the same holiday, celebrated on the same date as it is here in the US, there are few small differences between the way Christmas is celebrated here and Noël is celebrated France. In this post I wanted to tell you about little differences.

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The Month Of November’s 3 Celebrations In France

If you would ever get a culture shock in France it would be during the month of November, because while France doesn’t have a Thanksgiving day, there are 3 celebrations that are very different than the American Thanksgiving you know, and they’re not celebrated here.

So, I am going to dedicate this post to those 3 November celebrations in France, and I know that at least one may surprise you.

November 1st – La Toussaint

November 1st is a day off celebration that is called “la Toussaint” which means “day of all saints”This expression was created from the abbreviation “tous” and “saints” which means all saints. Thus it became Toussaint.

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10 Typical French Gestures

Are you aware that when you travel to a different country or to a different culture, not only the language is different, but a lot of the gestures as well? Yes, gestures are pretty much part of a culture.

Granted the hand shake is pretty much used the world over, but what about all those other gestures that people use on a daily basis to express things?

For example, Korean and Japanese people bend over slightly to say hello. It’s a very distinct gesture of theirs; whilel Chinese don’t.

France has quite a few gestures of its own as well. Here are 10 typical French gestures that you would see people use in France, and which are not common or not existent here in the US.

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How Would You Feel If Your Favorite Singer Came Into Your Living-Room?

Today, in conclusion of my summer series of cool posts, I wanted to tell you about something that I found so very cool, indeed.  I’m talking about a French TV show that I found on YouTube.

The goal of that show is to surprise someone with the presence of they all time favorite idol (for the most part singers).

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