What visitors say about Véronique's blog and Facebook community, French Girl in Seattle


“Thank you for all your photos, videos, etc. You have the best views of France!”

– Terri K., Alabama

“Just realized that a friend might also enjoy your posts, so shared this with him, and he now also is a follower of FGIS! (…) Truly, yours is the best French themed blog on FB. I have always appreciated how accessible you are, and, I just today realized you offer a marketplace (dangerous ?)!”

– Ruth L.

“I loved the article ‘Finding Unexpected Paris.’  I am a regular visitor to Paris, my grandmother was French and I feel such a connection whenever I arrive from Sydney, Australia, at Charles de Gaulle  –  Your blogs/articles are a huge benefit to my knowledge of that beautiful city. Love everything you post  –  delightful.”

– Di, Sydney, Australia

“Thank you so much for your wonderful Facebook page. For sharing so much beauty and truth. For the inspirational posts, and the educational posts. And most importantly, for the truly enlightening posts such as this one {a story about the martyred village of Oradour-sur-Glane.} Please keep on educating the world about France, its truly wonderful people and culture. There is still so much for us to learn! (…)”

Pat B., Savannah, GA.

“I so enjoy your posts. I dream of going to Paris and explore all of France. You make the places come alive. All the sights, the sounds, the smells, the experiences are just wonderful! Thank you so much.”

Debra S., Durham, NC.

“I just want to tell you that your posts add spark to my days. Love France — love your posts. Thank you so much.”

Betty M., Nokesville, VA.

“Merci! I hope you will continue to share and also inform us. I can’t tell you how much I not only enjoy but learn from your posts. You are the ‘Armchair Travelers’ eyes and ears, which I so appreciate!”

 – Becky McC. Derby, KS.

“Your Facebook page is the first one I visit in the morning. I am a little bit obsessed with France, and I always learn something new from you. You are a great Ambassador of French culture.”

Ellen B., Louisville, KY

“I just had to write and tell you how much I appreciate this group. I have had a lifelong love affair with everything French. It is such a beautiful place to spend a little part of my day, and I thank you.”

Karen P.


What students once said about Véronique’s French lessons and Travel preparation workshops


French Girl in Seattle
Véronique and some of her French students, Chez Luc, Seattle, 2007 (Photo FGIS)

“I remember your Paris travel workshop. Had such a good time and learned a lot. Came in handy when we visited Paris. Believe it or not, I still have the hand outs and my notes.  🙂 Oh, and you gave me a recommendation for Les Ombres restaurant (Musée Branly.) I’m sure I’ve shared this somewhere on FB, but the short story is that your recommendation turned into reservations and a fabulous meal on New Years Eve! For that, I thank you. My limited French language skills somehow got me through introducing myself and friends and giving the reservations data. I must have spoken the language reasonably correctly, because I received a “Very good Sir” from the hostess. Love Paris!

– Michael R., Costa Mesa, CA.

“You have a unique perspective on the differences and challenges American travelers may find in France, and you were very adept at preparing us for cultural, as well as linguistic ‘rough spots.’ Since you focused on the necessities of communicating, rather than perfect conjugation, I was able to maximize the benefits from your class (…) I Just wanted to let you know, now that my French adventure is over, how much fun I had in your class — and how useful it proved to be in Paris, Beaune, and Arles!  There were a few hoteliers and restaurant owners who simply spoke no English — my lessons came in very handy. I was always able to convey my needs, for the most part (…)”

— Brian D., Bothell, WA

“Bob and I had such a wonderful trip! Thanks for all your helpful hints. We used our feeble French to order delicious meals from ‘le menu,’ knew NOT to step on the beautiful grass in public gardens, and enjoyed the sun-worshipping crowds on the banks of the Seine. (…) I can’t wait to go back! We speak often of our class with you — how much it enhanced our trip and how delightful the time we spent with you.  Hopefully we’ll meet again in the future…I’m still interested in continuing my French lessons!”

— Roberta G., Seattle, WA

“Returned from beautiful Paris on Tuesday evening.  We had the best time.  I have to say that this was in large part because of your great lessons!  I did most of the talking since my friends did not study quite as much.  Everything you taught came in very handy from arriving in France, working with the concierge at the hotel, shopping and of course ordering food!  We also asked lots of directions – and understood the answers (…)  We got so good at saying Bonjour Madame/Monsieur and Au Revoir, merci!  that people did not automatically switch to English which, to us, was wonderful (…)”

— Natalie Y., Kirkland, WA