If you are in Paris at the weekend of September 24, 2011, stop by the beehives at the Jardin du Luxembourg during the Fête du miel, or Honey Festival. Since 1856, there has been a beekeeping program through the Société Centrale d’Apiculture at the south-west corner of the garden. You can buy honey and learn all about beekeeping. There’s a similar event at the Parc Georges Brassens in the 15th Arrondissement at the beginning of October.
Today’s expression, être tout sucre, tout miel (etruh too soo-cruh, too me-el) literally means “to be all sugar, all honey.” It means to act very sweet and considerate, perhaps while masking negative feelings. Fortunately, time spent in a beautiful park in Paris dissolves any negative feelings and honey purchased there is the perfect way to keep the memory alive.