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  • One Last TourAs this was the last weekend, Myriam and Thierry felt a trip to Strasbourg was in order, and who was I to refuse? Strasbourg is an Alsatian city very close to the border of Germany. Within its 'Petite France' quarter Posted by mzemliak in Parlez-vous Français? | Oct 27, 2016
  • Goodbyes 101As I contemplate more goodbyes this week, I am reminded of the various ways I've heard the French bid goodbye to each other here. Many encounters end with 'Bonne journée,' (when it is still daylight) or 'Bonne soirée' (when you Posted by mzemliak in Parlez-vous Français? | Oct 26, 2016
  • Food Glorious FoodWe are back in France for the umpteenth time and you would think that by now we would have got used to all the fabulous food. But Sunday mornings mean only one thing to most French people and it is Posted by Hawkson in Blissful Adventures | Oct 25, 2016
  • Bittersweet GoodbyesToday would be my final encounter at Myriam's school, teaching her and Vincent's classes one last time. It certainly was a morning of surprises. When all the kids filed in after recess mid-morning, they were guided to sit in Posted by mzemliak in Parlez-vous Français? | Oct 23, 2016
  • Nicely done, Nice. In 1984 my mum and dad found themselves in Nice in the middle of their European coach tour, without the requisite visas. The tour left them behind to sort out the paperwork, and they then needed to make their own Posted by apostrophewoman in Oh My Giddy Aunt | Oct 21, 2016
  • The White WolfThe last couple of classes have been evaluation-oriented, with all of us doing practice exams to give students some idea of whether they are making the progress that's required for them to pass the final exams in order to be Posted by mzemliak in Parlez-vous Français? | Oct 20, 2016
  • Lingering a little longer in LyonSaturday lived up to its promise as the best day we'd had in Lyon weather wise. We had wanted to take the funicular to Fourvière to visit the Basilica and the Roman ruins, and waiting until Saturday certainly paid off. Posted by apostrophewoman in Oh My Giddy Aunt | Oct 18, 2016
  • Riding beside the quenelleGiven I was a bit behind on the blogging, I tried to make a concerted effort this weekend to address that. The weather cooperated on Saturday by being poor but on Sunday, we were treated to a beautiful sunny day, Posted by mzemliak in Parlez-vous Français? | Oct 18, 2016
  • A(nother) Meal to RememberWith my new teaching routine, Fridays are now quite full. Today, I learned how to play the longstanding French game,' jeu des 7 familles,' so that I could lead some of the younger classes in playing it with English cards. Posted by mzemliak in Parlez-vous Français? | Oct 17, 2016
  • Just A SmatteringAside from going to French class, at which we played a game where we had to generate sentences using passé composé, my focus was on catching up with some blogging. I also made the family a small carrot cake, something Posted by mzemliak in Parlez-vous Français? | Oct 17, 2016
  • Back to the Med! Top ten listsSix months have gone by since this trip, which is enough time to gain perspective and compare it objectively to our Adriatic road trip. While it was an amazing month and overall better food than we had around the Adriatic, Posted by zzlangerhans in Babies in backpacks | Oct 16, 2016
  • What's That You Said?Over the course of these months, I've come to recognize some of the common words and expressions (and even sounds!) used over and over in everyday language here. I'll try to explain what they mean, or what they CAN mean, Posted by mzemliak in Parlez-vous Français? | Oct 16, 2016
  • Final Day in ParisBen arose early, we shared our last pastry and hug together (in that order), and he was off to the metro, with planes, trains and automobiles in his near future. I slept a bit more and arose to pack my Posted by mzemliak in Parlez-vous Français? | Oct 16, 2016
  • Happy Birthday, Ben!It was wonderful being able to wish Ben happy birthday in person, and better yet, in Paris! In fact, my jibes in earlier blogs about me celebrating his birthday in Paris, albeit alone, probably pushed him over the edge into Posted by mzemliak in Parlez-vous Français? | Oct 15, 2016
  • Nearly time for Home... but not quiet yet...Today we visited the Airborne Museum at Saints-Mere-Eglise. I got the distinct feeling we (The British) had nothing to do with DDay. But as Graham pointed out we were still in the realms of Utah Beach and that is where Posted by Jansie in Here We Go Again | Oct 15, 2016
  • Baquette 1, Kraft Dinner 0Fortunately, Ben was able to adjust really well to the time change and we slept deeply and well into the morning. Given that this was Paris, and that we usually like to cram as much as possible into a day Posted by mzemliak in Parlez-vous Français? | Oct 15, 2016
  • Quiet South of France? We had driven this route a few years ago and learnt that you use the toll road, it's awful getting round Nice and Cannes otherwise, we even stopped at the same service area for coffee and it had closed down. Posted by cjpolley in Adventure before Dementia | Oct 13, 2016
  • How 'Fou' is That?!Marine drove me to the train station as she was headed out to study all day in the 'bibliothèque' anyway. The TGV offers a really smooth, fast ride to Paris, traversing the 350 km in 90 minutes. It felt like Posted by mzemliak in Parlez-vous Français? | Oct 13, 2016
  • Bells and beautyJust for something different, Sunday dawned clear and full of Provençal sunshine. After a leisurely breakfast we headed on a tour of a couple of the surrounding villages. Our first stop was Crestet, a medieval village perched on the crest Posted by apostrophewoman in Oh My Giddy Aunt | Oct 12, 2016
  • Read the Fine Print[Due to the Paris trip, I am quite behind in my blogs but I shall now make a big push to get many of them done, relying on quickly-jotted notes, many now long forgotten.] During the Canary Island trip back in Posted by mzemliak in Parlez-vous Français? | Oct 12, 2016
  • Back to the Med! RoussillonI had an interesting accommodation picked out for the evening. Instead of an apartment or hotel, I had chosen a mas, or campground, that I had come across while researching the trip online. My understanding was that it was a Posted by zzlangerhans in Babies in backpacks | Oct 11, 2016
  • Back to the Med! Languedoc inward bound: CarcassonneAfter gorging our eyes and stomachs at the amazing Sète market, we still had a couple of stops to make on the way to Carcassonne. First up was Béziers, where I executed a parallel parking maneuver with the Iceberg so Posted by zzlangerhans in Babies in backpacks | Oct 7, 2016
  • Perfectly Provençal We bade a fond farewell to Montreux on Friday morning after ensuring we had carried out our host Lorenz's very precise instructions for the disposal of our rubbish. Compost in the green bin, paper in the brown, bottles in one Posted by apostrophewoman in Oh My Giddy Aunt | Oct 10, 2016
  • Teaching Take TwoToday was such a fun, varied and interesting day. It began with me attending school with Myriam. When we got there, I prepared for the classes I was to teach by photocopying the materials in the staff room. As you Posted by mzemliak in Parlez-vous Français? | Oct 9, 2016
  • Walks and Cycling... plus a little alcohol...and nostalgia We decided to stop 2 nights in St Fromond for two reasons. It meant we could both have a drink as when Graham is driving the next day he only has a couple of beers and to be fair I Posted by Jansie in Here We Go Again | Oct 9, 2016
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