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Are You Addicted To Travelling To France?

I know you’re out there. You are addicted to anything about France and your friends and family just roll their eyes every time you say you’re going back. I’m thinking I should start a secret society and the only people who can join are those who love France as much as I do. They LOVE, LOVE, LOVE France and also keep going back.  So how would a person qualify? See how you would by answering these questions.  Discover how addicted you might be and get some ideas for bringing more of “France” into your life!

1. July 14:

Do you celebrate July 14, La Fête National, better known to English-speaking countries as “Bastille Day”?  Every July 14 the French commemorate the storming of the Bastille and there are parades and street parties throughout France. Check out my post The French Revolution and July 14 In Paris to learn more about the excitement.  

Guess what? I was born on July 14.

Coincidence? I think not.

      2. Souvenirs

Addicted Baguette Knife
Baguette Knife
Addicted Door Sign
Wouldn’t you?

Do you have souvenirs from France that are scattered throughout your home and are now part of the decor? Take for example:

  • French flag
  • Baguette knife
  • Pictures of France
  • French wine in your wine rack
  • Eiffel towers

      3. Language:

  • Do you speak French or try to speak French when you are in France?
  • When you return home do you still speak French or “think” in French?
  • Do you know how to conjugate your verbs?

      4. Fashion:

Do you wear a scarf even when it’s warm out? Is black your favourite colour of clothing? Do you know the names of a few French fashion designers?

      5. Number Of Times To France

How many times have you been to France? More than twice? More than five times? Ten times? 20 times? Hmmmm…..I think more than 10 times qualifies.

      6. The Arts:

  • Do you listen to French music? Do you watch French films?
  • Have you seen all of Francois Truffaut’s movies such as “400 Blows” or “La Nuit Americane” (Day For Night)? Or seen other classic French films with French actors and actresses such as Jeanne Moreau (“Jules et Jim”), Catherine Deneuve (“Les Parapluies de Cherbourg” –Umbrellas of Cherbourg), or Audrey Tautou (Amélie)? Are you up to date on your French movies?
  • Have you read all the books written about France (fiction and non-fiction) including, “A Year In Provence” by Peter Mayle,  “100 Places In France Every Woman Should Go” by Marcia DeSanctis and “Sweet Life In Paris”by David Leibovitz?

     7. Food/Wine:

Cheese Addicted

Do you only prefer to drink French wine? Do you love French cheese?

Bonus Question: Do you say “macaroon” or “macaron”? [see explanation below]

     8. Etiquette:

What is the first thing you should do when you enter a store? [Answer below]

     9. Monuments

Les Baux Addicted

Can you easily recognize most, if not all of the major monuments in Paris, or even in France? Do you know where this place, picture above, is? [Answer below]

   10. Charles de Gaulle Airport

Do you know the airport code for Charles de Gaulle airport in France without                     checking?  [Answer below]

  11. Are you already planning your next trip to France?

If you answered YES to most of these, maybe your are addicted to France like me! Contact me and let’s start a Frenchcentric Society! If you answered NO to most of these, you’ve got work to do, but there’s still hope!


Answer # 7: a macaroon is a coconut cookie. It is not the French macaron which is made with ground almonds, egg whites, and sugar.

Answer # 8: “Bonjour”

Answer # 9: Les Baux

Answer #10: CDG

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  • Reply
    July 9, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Drives me nuts to walk into a supposed French bakery where they proudly announce that they have fresh macaroons! Arrrgh!

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      July 9, 2016 at 2:06 pm

      Yup, that would drive me crazy too!

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    Arnie Jacobsen
    July 9, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    One of the reasons I love watching Le Tour de France, other than loving to cycle, is seeing places to put on our list. This morning it was the area from Pau to Bagnères-de-Luchon. Beautiful area.

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      July 9, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      Lovely….and good for you for doing that route!

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    Irene S. Levine
    July 11, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    I loved this post! And I can’t believe that your birthday falls on Bastille Day! Happy, happy birthday in advance. Can you cut birthday cake with that French baguette knife? And where did you discover it? I want one!

    • Reply
      July 12, 2016 at 9:46 am

      I bought the knife in Paris but likely 25 years ago! If I see another I’ll email you!

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    July 12, 2016 at 4:09 am

    I think, Jan that you are a genuine francophile! One of these days we have to hop a bus, plane or train and just go and visit your favorite country. Loved your pop quizzes which made me realize that, before we plan a trip we need to do some research and keep reading your blog! 🙂

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      July 12, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Sounds like a great idea!

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    Kay Dougherty
    July 12, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I got two of the questions right so I don’t think I qualify as an addict. The first time I’ve been disappointed to learn that! You are so devoted to France it seems to me that they “owe” you a summer house so you can settle in for a while and have even more time to extoll the virtues of your soulmate country. And happy almost birthday!

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      July 12, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      You’re too funny. You just have to keep going back…like me! Thanks in advance!

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    Sue Reddel
    July 14, 2016 at 4:44 pm

    Guilty as charged!!! Haven’t been to France as many times as you but I’m working on it. I absolutely adore that baguette knife.

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      July 15, 2016 at 12:05 pm

      I know, that knife is the coolest thing!

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    Kamyaa Swarup
    October 21, 2016 at 3:19 am

    Hi Jan,
    Ever since I was 7 years old, I have been addicted to France/Paris..And now I’m 11 years old…so means…I have been addicted to France/Paris for 5 years!
    There’s just something special about that place!
    I love anything with French in it and I have always passed French with an A*
    My parents say that they have to take my to France one day….
    I just feel like that is my true home…

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