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  • Test your knowledge…remember the gh’oul times!

    Test your knowledge…remember the gh’oul times!

    All tricks and no treats made Jack a stingy pumpkin man!

    Halloween, the time to get your candy fill of the day and scary thrills. But what really is this party? Between innocent and absurd beliefs, here’s a little quiz to play between friends and find out who will best keep evil spirits away. Lines to get you started…

    On Halloween I went to school
    Without dressing up like a ghoul
    The people all laughed
    And I thought them daft
    My mirror showed a naked fool!

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  • Don’t say “Yes” to everything!

    Don’t say “Yes” to everything!

    Different ways to say yes in French...Here we go with the wee again!

    Say yeah, uh-huh or nod your head; universal for yes, these gestures and small sounds speak of your approval. However, they neither carry a sentiment nor an emotion, leave alone enthusiasm. Think about the situation when practicing a new language or in a new country.  Imagine wanting to sound excited about something and feeling like a child because your vocabulary was limited to just “yes”. French has the beautifully childish “oui (wee)” for a yes, but let’s not limit our enthusiasm to that.

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  • Voyage into the world of French Wines!

    Voyage into the world of French Wines!

    Best wine regions of France - Terroir de French Wines

    French wine is well-mannered and chivalrous; it accompanies the food but never overpowers it. However each wine has a character of its own, defined by its “terroir” or territory. The place and culture of the place from where the wine originates, makes the wine unique; makes it special!

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  • Oh baguette, my French love!

    Oh baguette, my French love!

    One of the better known icons of French food, “bread”.

    Think of French food and one of the first things that come to mind is the “baguette”. People’s lives in France are punctuated by their visits to the boulangerie, the bakery.  But of course, the French love affair with breads is by no means limited to only the baguette. Au contraire…

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  • French survival phrases

    French survival phrases

    “To have another language is to possess a second soul.” said Charlemagne.

    You may have heard native speakers ranting “wee” and wondered why they were saying it even though they aren’t on a roller coaster of any sort! If that didn’t get you, maybe you’ve heard them say “mercy” with a smile on their face and no guilt whatsoever! What’s up with these people?

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  • ABC’s of picking a good bottle for a wine newbie

    ABC’s of picking a good bottle for a wine newbie

    Speed date with wine – The swirl, the sniff and the sip…

    Walking down the aisle of a grocery store or a liquor store, you are bound to reach a wine aisle. Scanning it, overwhelm is an emotion that will engulf you if you are anything new to the world of wine. All the shapes of the bottles, the colors, the fancy illustration of castles and kangaroos and exotic lands…and to top it off, the varieties! Riesling, Shiraz, Sauvignon – now that’s some serious business! You look left and you see wines that cost $12 and you look right, only to find one that costs $40. Arrghh…with so many factors, which one should you pick?

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    Receive the French District Newsletter

    Our good picks and other surprises.

    It’s free and brings a French touch to your inbox

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  • Rendez-vous with Locronan: A real taste of old Brittany

    Rendez-vous with Locronan: A real taste of old Brittany

    An old charming town…a look and feel of quaint Breton.

    Officially one of the most beautiful villages of France, Locronan is located at about 10 miles from north-west Quimper in western Brittany. From historical importance to being a sacred town to being an important trade center, this village has it all. A town with a pedestrian precinct…let’s take a walk around Locronan.

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  • Rendez-vous with Turenne: Medieval architecture and a peaceful countryside reminiscent of history

    Rendez-vous with Turenne: Medieval architecture and a peaceful countryside reminiscent of history

    A pretty village on the edge of a small hill…Turenne has been labeled as one of the most beautiful villages of France.

    Turenne is a small commune in the Limousin region in Central France with around 300 – 400 inhabitants. Perched on top of a hill, this village serves as a great location to tour Southern France. It is located on a 4-way junction, each junction directing you to a different area in France. With its medieval architecture and country roads, this is a Must-See village in France.

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  • Party like the French?…14th of July it is!

    Party like the French?…14th of July it is!

    “Vive le 14 juillet!” or Long live the 14th of July

    You cannot really understand the French society without knowing what the 14th of July is all about. Parties, celebrations, fireworks all over France…that’s the 14th of July or Bastille Day. The 14th of July is to French people what the 4th of July is to Americans.

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  • The great French love affair with la vie Américaine

    The great French love affair with la vie Américaine

    Why do many French people live in the US?

    Christopher Columbus set out to on his voyage across the Atlantic Ocean only to accidently stumble upon the America’s. Although millions of people already lived on this land, the New World, his journey marked the beginning of trans-Atlantic colonization. Centuries later, people still see America as the land of opportunity. Be this true or not, it becomes a matter of experience. People still immigrate to the US in large numbers and they each have their own tale to tell about it. So, what is it that brings the French to America?

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  • Funny French Caricatures

    Funny French Caricatures

    Line drawings about the French as perceived by the rest of the world. Maybe…maybe not!

    Oscar Wilde said, “It is a curious fact that people are never so trivial as when they take themselves seriously.” A little light hearted humor never hurt anyone. And jokes and humor are all around us. Comic Be it in the form of cartoons, caricatures, a telltale you’ve just heard or even a joker in a circus…we need comic relief. While taking a break from seriousness, we saw this one image about us, the French as perceived by people from the world and thought it was funny. So we compiled a few others just for laughs.

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  • French etiquette – Day to day do’s and don’ts

    French etiquette – Day to day do’s and don’ts

    The guidelines to avoid a faux pas in the French society.

    The summer holiday season is here and France will be crammed with tourists. Being well versed in the social behavior practices is important if you are planning a vacation out of your country. Every country has its own customs and traditions that dictate the rules of communication and etiquette. French people, like everyone else have their specific manner requirements as well. After all, “Handsome is as handsome does”, said Tolkein in the Fellowship of the Ring.

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  • I’ve always been famous, it’s just that no one knew it yet!

    I’ve always been famous, it’s just that no one knew it yet!

    Did you know these famous people are or have French origins?

    Cultural diversity is all around us and it is surprising how little we know where origins of a person lie. Do you know how many famous names we come across in the States are actually not born here? “Knowing and suspecting are not the same thing” said Rick Riordan. Here are some famous names demystified. Voila! They are French…

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  • France’s coastline – Endless sunshine, white sands, color palette of blue-green…

    France’s coastline – Endless sunshine, white sands, color palette of blue-green…

    Vacation in France?... France has beautiful beaches for every personality!

    Shaped like a hexagon, France is endowed with a huge coastline running along 3 of its sides. Enjoying the waters of the English Channel to Atlantic Ocean and Bay of Biscay to Mediterranean Sea, France is home to numerous beautiful beaches. France has a coastline of about 3427 kms (2130 miles) and the beaches here show a fantastic range of beauty for nature lovers, families, divers, and campers and so on. We, the connoisseurs at French District walk you along the most beautiful beaches of France.

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