Archives for August, 2006

We found another bakery about 12 miles from our house that sells these DONUTS. I wouldn’t really call them “beignets”

Posted in cultural differences, daily life, food and drinks

This parking game, “Parking Perfection” from Peugeot is slightly easier than the other parking game I’d written about not long

Posted in cars/bikes/etc, games/software/tech

My neighbor has a gorgeous potager (kitchen garden) and brought over lots of vegetables including these beautiiful Tomates Coeur de

Posted in food and drinks, garden

Say it ain’t so, Johnny! Apparently, 63 year-old French King of Plastic Surgery Rock ‘n’ Roll, Johnny Halliday has joined

Posted in politics, weird

As a true pastry pig, I can either smell or spot a boulangerie/patisserie from miles away. Once spotted, I make

Posted in daily life, signs

Overlooking the Rhône River, Avignon, with its 14th-century ramparts, enloses a labyrinth of town squares, winding, cobblestone alleys, and narrow

Posted in history, lulu/dogs/cats, tv and movies

I had to stop to take a picture of this unique home.

Posted in cultural differences, daily life

Hardly a day goes by without me watching a video or more at YouTube. They have practically every video from

Posted in daily life, games/software/tech, music, tv and movies

One of my biggest fears is getting some sort of life-threatening illness that will force me to go to a

Posted in daily life, health

Does this sign, tourisme seulement (tourism only), mean that only tourists can use that parking lot? We are always so

Posted in signs, weird

Being a chronic night owl and a part-time insomniac, if I’m not reading, listening to music or spacing out in

Posted in music, people

The recent chaos with air travel security has forced me to postpone my trip to the U.S. where I’d planned

Posted in daily life, games/software/tech, stories

During this time of year, the French government allocates money in the sum of 268,01 euros per child – to

Posted in cultural differences, daily life

It seems like the French lycée (high school) system is a no-nonsense educational entity in France and compared to the

Posted in cultural differences, daily life, education

I’d never heard of Mirabelles until I saw them growing on a huge tree in the golf course-size yard of

Posted in events, food and drinks, travel and places

I don’t think Lulu would mind very much that Lulu Lundi was pre-empted this week. Afterall, the theme is still

Posted in lulu/dogs/cats, people, websites

Article Fermez La Bush from Slate Magazine: excerpt: “…L’Affaire Camus is the last straw in the Frenchification of American politics.

Posted in people, politics

Though the weather has cooled down quite a bit and already feels like autumn, it is nevertheless still officially summer.

Posted in events, food and drinks, music, travel and places

My knives set finally came in the mail from Williams-Sonoma (via a friend – they don’t deliver to France.) and

Posted in daily life, weird

Maybe it’s more weathered and actually not as old as it seems. I love old signs like these in French,

Posted in food and drinks, signs

More fun flash games from French developer Jean-Philippe Sarda at! Yup, this is the very same company that made

Posted in cars/bikes/etc, games/software/tech

Here’s an interesting photo essay about the making of French champagne: Click on the photo to access the slideshow at

Posted in food and drinks, products, wine

Remember those adorable garden tools I wrote about the other day? These graters were in the same store. People have

Posted in art/culture/design, daily life, food and drinks, shopping, travel and places

Click on photo to zoom out So many villlages in France claim they are amongst the most beautiful villages, but

Posted in lulu/dogs/cats, travel and places

As most people know, the French consume a lot of snails, approximately 40,000 tons of slimy creatures are sliding down

Posted in food and drinks, nature, weird

France’s gift to mankind is her sense of aesthetics. That’s why France sent Philippe S+arck far, far away to the

Posted in art/culture/design, daily life, garden

Imagine driving along the highway in France, and you can’t help yourself, you have to speed just a little, thinking

Posted in cars/bikes/etc, daily life

From BibliOdyssey: Frenchman Étienne Léopold Trouvelot (1827–1895) was primarily a portrait artist when he arrived in Massachusetts in 1852. During

Posted in art/culture/design, people

COLDS. I’m not kidding. This is good stuff. [Click on the photo to zoom out.] My mummy-in-law brought me a

Posted in daily life, food and drinks, health

When I fly, I MUST have an aisle seat. Call me weird, claustrophobic or whatever; you’d be right but I

Posted in daily life, travel and places