French Protesting the New Year
Tuesday December 30th 2008, 2:18 pm
Filed under: cultural differences,daily life,funny,news,people,politics,weird


“In addition to their more admirable accomplishments, the French are generally considered the world champions of public protesting. Whether it’s transport workers striking against tightened pension regimes, fishermen outraged by high operating costs, students battling education reform or even lawyers picketing over court closures, it seems scarcely a week goes by without some section of France’s population taking to the streets. Given that, it should come as little surprise that one boisterous French group is planning a protest rally on the evening of Dec. 31 — and demanding that the world refuse to shed 2008 to make way for a troublesome-looking New Year.

“We’re saying no to the tyranny of time, no to the merciless onslaught of the calendar, and yes to staying put in 2008,” says a man who identifies himself as Marie-Gabriel, a militant member of the Fonacon group, which is organizing its fourth annual anti–New Year protest under the slogan “2009 Stays In Its Shell.” “Last year we warned a mocking world that 2008 would be horrible compared to 2007, and we were right. This time everyone acknowledges 2009 will be terrible, so now is the moment to unite together and refuse this new, rotten year!”

As seriously bleak as 2009 is expected to be, a call to mount barricades and bar the New Year’s arrival sounds like a gag even in strike-happy France. That’s because Fonacon’s protest is decidedly…” continue reading

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Ice Skating on L’Etang de Frasne
Tuesday December 30th 2008, 2:10 pm
Filed under: daily life,Franche-Comte,news,sports,tips,travel and places,travel tip

frozen lake ice skating

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything related to reasons why one should come to France, so I thought I’d mention L’ Etang de Frasne (The Frasne Pond) located in the region of Franche Comté. It’s actually a large pond or little lake, if you will – and a very good reason to visit it right now is so you can go ice skating on it.

Right now in France, it’s cold. Wicked cold, in fact. Temperatures this low would inspire many of you to stay indoors, wrap yourself with a warm blankie, grab a hot chocolate and sit in front of a crackling fire, which is nice and cozy and all – but, you might want to take advantage of the wonderful winter weather and go out aller patiner (to go ice skating). L’Etang de Frasne / The Frasne pond is completely frozen right now and waiting for you and your ice skates. There are a couple of frozen ponds near each other but with the longest one, L’etang de Frasne measures two kilometers (1.2 miles!) long. That gives you a bit of space, much more than if you went to a teeny ice rink. Afterward, you can have your hot chocolate and cuddle with a loved one next to a warm fire…

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[photo from le blog d’olif]

Where on Earth?
Saturday December 27th 2008, 2:33 am
Filed under: daily life,games/software/tech

where on earth? game
A game! Find the famous landmark on the map and click on it to get as close to is as possible for the maximum amount of points. Do you know where the Pompidou Center is (aka Le Beaubourg)?


Play now

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Bonnes Fêtes
Wednesday December 24th 2008, 7:34 am
Filed under: events

joyeux noel france

A Different Version of Petit Papa Noël
Tuesday December 23rd 2008, 11:41 am
Filed under: cultural differences,music,people

petit papa noel ukelele orchestra
Whenever I ask French people to name some French Christmas songs, the response is always, “Petit Papa Noël.”

“What else!???” I ask.


There MUST be more than that, right?! Until I find out and let you know about them, here’s a silly version of Petit Papa Noël with ukeleles performed by the French group, The Unlimited Ukelele Orchestra. Fun.

Click on the image or here to watch it.

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