Category Archives: Events

Faites-moi tout ce que vous voudriez

When I was in Paris with my students, I sometimes had a few hours free in the mornings while they were in immersion classes. One morning, I went to an exhibit at the Palais Galliera entitled La Mode Retrouvée dedicated to … Continue reading

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Déchéance

Déchéance (day-shay-ahnse) is a hot topic in France these days. It refers to rescinding French citizenship to those who were naturalized as citizens after immigrating. It is currently only available as a punishment when people who hold two citizenships and … Continue reading

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Volez, Voguez, Voyagez

My mother-in-law had occasion to travel extensively by sea and by air during the heyday of glamorous voyages. There were porters, matched sets of hard-sided luggage, and ample legroom. She is wont to bemoan the falling standards of today’s travelers. … Continue reading

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Montrer patte blanche

Since the horrific events of November 13, I keep hearing the expression montrer patte blanche (mohn-tray pat blahnsh), which literally means “to show white paw.” Figuratively, it means to identify yourself, often by presenting proof through documents. In the new … Continue reading

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Bleu céleste

In my recent jaunt to New York, I stopped in at the Frick museum. I love the Frick’s intimate size and their temporary exhibits are always interesting. This time, one of their exhibits featured French porcelain made at Sèvres, the … Continue reading

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La chienlit

I couldn’t believe my eyes this week when I saw Air France managers who were forced to flee a meeting about mass job cuts while having their clothes ripped from their backs. Proposed cuts are believed to include 1,700 ground … Continue reading

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L’essor des boissons exotiques au XVIIIe siècle

Raise your hand if you had a cup of coffee today. How about a cup of tea? Or does your taste run to something a little sweeter like a nice rich hot chocolate? If Thé, Café ou Chocolat are an … Continue reading

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Napoléon avait 500 soldats

Our apartment for our Paris sojourn is going to be in the Marais, one of my favorite neighborhoods. And in that neighborhood is the always interesting musée Carnavalet. Until August 8, they are hosting the exhibit Napoléon et Paris. The … Continue reading

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Je suis Charlie

Today, twelve people were killed by three gunmen in Paris. The political cartoonists at the satirical paper Charlie Hebdo have been living under death threats for about a decade due to publishing cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed. Today, those threats … Continue reading

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Le glamour

My move to Massachusetts went as well as it possibly could. Now I even have functioning internet! So, it’s time to get back to the blogosphere. An exhibit that I enjoyed when I was in Paris was Les Années 50: … Continue reading

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