Porcelaine de LimogesHave you ever heard of Limoges Porcelain?

Well, it’s called like Limoges Porcelain (Porcelaine de Limoges) because this type of beautiful fine dishes, cups, vases, and other table ornaments are made in the center of France in a town named Limoges.

I’ve been to Limoges only one time in my entire life. It’s a rather tranquil town, and if you didn’t know that’s where the ONLY authentic band named porcelain was made, you would just have no idea.

In this post, I wanted to give a tour of both the city and the maker of this beautiful man made creation, called porcelain. [I want to read more...]

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Tour Eiffel _ Eiffel TowerJust the past Monday the Eiffel Tower was celebrating its 125th anniversary.

The birthday that what French like to call “la Dame de Fer” ( the Ion Lady) should have never seen as it was scheduled to be demolished after only  20 years  of existence in 1909.

As you may or may not know the Eiffel Tower was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1889 and was designed by engineer Gustave Eiffel. Thus its name “Eiffel Tower.”

At the time, French artists disliked the tower and it was a much criticized project by the elite while it was like more by the public. However, it’s not the reason why the Eiffel Tower is still standing today. The reason why the Eiffel tower is still standing today is because it became an utility item to support the first radio antennas. It first allowed connections with the Panthéon, before connections with Eastern France and North Africa. [I want to read more...]

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Euro BillsCan 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. [I want to read more...]

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Paris-LouvreThank goodness none of that ever happened while I was leaving in Paris, but I felt very bad for my French people when I heard about this terrible pollution that affected Paris and other big cities in France over the past week.

I’ve tuned up to French News to make sure I didn’t get any distorted news lost in translation, and found out Paris, Lyon and Lille were under an alarming pollution level they had not seen since 1997, which I wasn’t there to witness either, and did even heard about.

Because of this, Paris which was the most affected city because of its size, city officials took some drastic measures to try to alleviate the pollution level by ordering alternate traffic on Monday March 17.  That day only odd number plates were authorized to be on the street while even number plates where banned unless they were electric cars or had two or more passengers in the car. [I want to read more...]

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Words That Spell The Same English And FrenchYou might be surprised at the amount of words that spell exactly the same in French and English. How many? Try over 500.

Yep, that’s a lot of words that spell exactly or almost the same in both French and English, but here is the trick – many of those words don’t mean the same thing at all in French as they do in English.

Unfortunately, at times they are mixed up by English speakers who speaker or French speakers trying to speak the other language.

I’ve heard some of them make those mistakes at times, and when they did, it meant big confusion, or down right laughs on the part of the hearer.

Here are 40 of such trap words that could throw you off, so you’d better know their meaning, just in case you’d be tempted to use them in same context in French as you would in English. As you will see, some spell slightly differently and many spell exactly the same. [I want to read more...]

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French CultureSome 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. [I want to read more...]

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I’m not going to lie to you, It’s a known fact that French restaurants are rather expensive.  Not only here in the US, but in France as well. I guess that’s because of the “value tag” that has been put on French food.

Today I wanted to give you a list of French restaurants in 4 French cities. South, South West, East and North of France.  If you like this type of information , over time I’ll cover more more restaurants in other areas of France.

Some of you may know that I’m From Lyon, which is nicknamed the “Capital of Gastronomy” so you can only imagine that Lyon has a lot of restaurants.

Let’s not forget that Lyon is also the city of origin to one of most famous Chefs in the world, Paul Bocuse who owns several restaurants there. So, let start with that dear city of mine.

In this post, you are going to discover 10 great French Restaurants that you may want to visit if you happen to pass by any of those areas on your next visit.

So, let’s start..
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French Wine Industry In CrisisIn the process of making this blog ever more interesting, and more outreaching to the public, I decided to start blogging more about new worth and interesting topics that are both newer and market targeted.

Of course, I will still write the occasional more personal blog post here and there, but my goal is to reach a larger and new audience with more in depth specific topics such as this one.

Is the French wine market in danger?

The industry of the wine has changed greatly. More and more people all over the world do now drink red and white wine, if not on a daily basis like the French do, at least on a regular basis. [I want to read more...]

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Flight To France With Air FranceHave you ever flown to France, or maybe even elsewhere with Air France airline? If yes, I would love to hear your feedback once you’ve read this article.

I have personally flown with Air France a few times, and I have to say that among all the airlines out there, it’s one of the top ones.

No, I haven’t flown all the airlines of course, but a few big ones such as; Continental, TWA, American Airlines, Delta, and Air Inter (a French national airline company). [I want to read more...]

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Walnut SquaresYou may have noticed that at times I share pictures of my food on this blog as well as Facebook, especially pastries, and maybe you’ve been wondering how in the world I’d be making all that just for me.

Well, it’s because I wasn’t … making it just for me, that is.

I have started to make homemade French cookies, cakes and other delicacies for local businesses, and now the demand is growing.

This all started when a friend of mine decided to bring some of my homemade pastries to his office for some of his coworkers to taste.  They were delighted and thought that I was making them for office parties. [I want to read more...]

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