Author Archives: Patricia Gilbert

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.

Mademoiselle de Joncquières

  I saw a very good French film on Netflix this week. The English title is Lady J, but the French title is the much more difficult to say Mademoiselle de Joncquières.  This 2018 film was based on an 18th … Continue reading

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Toulouse-Lautrec et les Étoiles de Paris

Mother’s Day was cold and wet in the Boston area, so we decided to spend some time at the Toulouse-Lautrec exhibit at the Museum of Fine Art. Before social media, there were posters, and Toulouse-Lautrec had a gift of conveying … Continue reading

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Un carnet d’addresses

Next month, I’m heading back to France! Each summer, I work at a study abroad program in one of the best neighborhoods in Paris. My employer will fly me over prior to the program or allow me to return home … Continue reading

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Vive la différence!

I love décor and I love French. So when I found a good French decorating channel on YouTube, and it led me to another one, and then it led me to a third, I couldn’t resist sharing them with you. … Continue reading

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Le patrimoine culturel

This week, all of us have been riveted by the tragic fire at Notre Dame. We were in a small town in New Hampshire, grabbing a quick bite, when we saw the horrible images on a muted TV in the … Continue reading

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Un marcel

I always cringe when I hear the American expression “a wifebeater” to refer to a tank-style undershirt. The French term is much more civilized, un marcel. The shirt was first popularized in the middle of the 19th century by the … Continue reading

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Le Bic Cristal

  The summer program I work for in Paris had a daily newsletter with bad jokes, a skill-testing question about French culture, as well as the details of upcoming activities. I was generally able to ace the daily culture question, … Continue reading

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