I have written previously about finding one’s happy place in France, that place where you can “relax, refocus, and recharge”. It is no wonder then that when travelling in France I am much more ‘in the moment’ and focussed on my experience that I see and feel before me. It’s called mindfulness and it can happen in France. Continue reading →
There’s a decades old story about a snail and a car dealership.
A snail walks into a car dealership and asks the salesperson to paint a large “S” on the back of the car he’s going to buy.
The salesperson asks why. The snail responds, “So when I drive down the street, people will say, ‘Hey, look at that S-car go!’”
So, on that note, I thought I would share with you a few anecdotes about eating snails– edible snails (“escargots” in France)–in France so that you really know what you are
eating getting into. Continue reading →
Paris has the Louvre Museum. London has the Tower of London. Barcelona has the Familia Sagrada. So what made my visit to Marseille memorable? Two things: the outdoor area at MuCEM and the seafood. [There would be three things but there weren’t any boats heading out to Chateau d’If in January, so I’ll have to go back another time.] Continue reading →
Every time I travel to France I like to try something new. During my recent trip to the south of France, I decided the time had finally come for me to try bouillabaisse. This is a popular Provencal fish soup/stew that originated in Marseille and to my surprise I learned a few things I hadn’t expected…or wanted. Thought maybe you should hear about these….surprises. Continue reading →
It is night time in Paris just off the Champs-Elysée.
You’re sitting in a bistro which is still decorated with some
Christmas decorations even though it’s January.
Your waiter approaches and you order the steak frites.
Waiter: “Quelle cuisson votre viande? Bleu? Saignant? A point?”
You freeze. Continue reading →
In France, on Epiphany, the tradition on January 6 is to share a cake called a “Galette des Rois” (Cake of Kings). Epiphany is when the the Magi (three wise men or three kings) visited the baby Jesus. If you are travelling in France in December and early January, leading up to this date, you will see numerous cakes in boulangerie window displays. Continue reading →