Month: September 2011

  “We don’t have Venice and its moon, nor its breeze, nor its lagoon, but we have la Seine.” Popular song favored by Parisian canoeists in the 19th century   Canoeists were right. Paris may not be the center of the universe (some would argue it once was,) but Paris has always been a unique place, and…

Young French driver in her Deux Chevaux (2CV) Her nicknames range from affectionate (Deux chevaux; Deux pattes, Two Paws; Deuche; Dedeuche;) to dismissive and derogatory, especially when the car was first launched (Tin Snail; Umbrella on Wheels; Old Tin Can; Le Canard, the Ugly Duckling.)   No matter. 72 years after the first prototype was manufactured in France by…

Panneaux. Enseignes. Ecriteaux. Pancartes. If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know I love signs, all kinds of signs. As we were traveling in Europe this summer, I took many pictures of panneaux, enseignes, écriteaux et pancartes and saved them in a special folder on my faithful MacBook Air so I could go back and…

It is impossible to discuss French schools without mentioning la rentrée. This is a magical word in the French language, and a special time in French life. La rentrée is when tanned vacationers go back to work, government members go back to whatever it is they do for France, members of trade unions go back to planning…