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.

Le Fabuleux destin de Vigée LeBrun

I’m fascinated by the life and talent of 18th century portrait painter, Elizabeth Vigée LeBrun. I’ve written about her a number of times on this blog. A few years ago, I bought a video about her when I was in … Continue reading

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Le siècle d’or de l’éventail

I think I’m now the greatest expert on 18th century French fans in the Boston area. I just finished reading Le siècle d’or de l’éventail: du Roi Soleil à Marie-Antoinette (luh see-ek-luh dor duh lay-ven-tie), which means “The Golden Century of … Continue reading

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Toujours Provence

I mentioned a few posts ago that I had recently listened to the Sam Levitt series by Peter Mayle. I moved on to A Good Year , ( I had previously seen the movie), A Year in Provence , and Toujours Provence. A Good … Continue reading

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À cheval

I continue to work through the backlog of unread books so that I’ll be able to buy new ones with a clear conscience. I bought Pardon My French: Unleash Your Inner Gaul, by Charles Timoney, back when Borders books was … Continue reading

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Château l’Arnaque

When Peter Mayle passed away in 2018, I realized that I had never read any of his books; my only connection was having watched A Good Year, with Russell Crowe, when it came out. The British ex-pat wrote prolifically and … Continue reading

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Mode personnel(le)

A few posts ago, I recommended several podcasts to help the French learner immerse him or herself in some genuine content. Shortly thereafter, a blog that I follow and have previously recommended, Mode personnel(le), launched a delightful podcast of the … Continue reading

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Le Montespan

I just finished a book that I procrastinated in so long that it moved with us twice, Le Montespan, by Jean Teulé. It was a fascinating and disturbing story in equal measures. It’s the true story of the Marquis and Marquise … Continue reading

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