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Rendez-vous with France {Book Review}


This is a simply adorable book – a perfect gift for any Francophile. Everyone I show it to wants to keep it! It’s part travel guide, part small dictionary, with tips and cultural explanations. The small size is easy to take with you on the go. Charming watercolor illustrations for common words/phrases, grouped by subject: traveling, shopping, eating out, time, money, seasons, etc. 152 full-color pages. (Click the image for more info.)

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My Favorite French Dictionary

Learning French


This is not your typical dictionary! It contains hundreds of full-color photos with both the French and English word. Over 6,000 objects and phrases are grouped by theme: family members, school, rooms in a house, articles of clothing, parts of the body, animals, toys, foods (my favorite!), sports, etc. It’s just plain fun to look through, perfect for self-teaching! You will still need a good “regular” dictionary for formal study, but this highly recommended for just getting started. 360 pages. (Click the image for more info.)

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My Favorite Park in Paris

I haven’t visited all the major parks in Paris yet, but so far, this one is my favorite. Yet, I’d never heard of it before or seen it listed in any guidebook. I happened on it completely by accident, because I was searching for the location of this sign, which I’d seen in friends’ photos.

My Favorite Park in Paris Parc Floral de Paris 1

It’s actually just the last word of the giant entrance sign which spells out the full name of the park, “Parc Floral de Paris.” No one was around, so we were able to pose for lots of fun photos without being rushed.

My Favorite Park in Paris Parc Floral de Paris 2

My Favorite Park in Paris Parc Floral de Paris 3
It was Day 16 of our 18-day trip, and I was feeling tired – and frankly – more than a little disillusioned with Paris, this time around. However, spending the afternoon here provided a much-needed break from all my stress and fatigue. Continue reading…

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This is not like me. I leave in just a matter of days for France, and so far all I have is a plane ticket and a general idea of where I’m going and what I’m doing. A far cry from my last carefully-planned-to-the-hour trip in 2011! I had to postpone this trip twice, and I wasn’t even sure until a few weeks ago if I could really make it this time either. Continue reading…

Golden Moments in France

As I reflect on my favorite memories of France, I realize most of them have nothing at all to do with the awe-inspiring monuments I visited or the unforgettable foods I tasted.

They have simply to do with words that were spoken.

Words that were instantly comprehended, without any pause as they translated from French to English inside my head.

Words that I had only previously read in books, as one of countless phrases to be memorized, but that I was now hearing uttered by a real, live French person in real, live France!

It sounds ridiculous, I know, but I cannot express the joy and elation I feel in these small snippets of conversation, whether they include me or they are overheard as I wander the city streets.

Once I read a story and a poem by Florence Littauer, who wrote that “a kind word spoken is like a gift we give to someone, all wrapped up in a little silver box with a bow on top.” I never forgot that, and I think of it each time I have the privilege of “experiencing” French words. Except in my mind’s eye, for some reason, it’s a little gold box, instead of a silver one. So I have taken to calling these tiny exchanges of words “Golden Moments,” and they are more valuable to me than any souvenir I could buy.
shutterstock_124693735I keep my golden moments on a special shelf inside my mind and occasionally take them out to lovingly “polish” them, to relive the sights, sounds, and smells that surround them. They are forever etched in my memory, and I know they will never fade or devalue over time. Unlike a physical object, I cannot seek them out like an item to purchase for my collection. Rather, they find me, and I never know when or where they will turn up.

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