The Saint-Tropez of Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Bardot arrived in Saint-Tropez with her then husband, the director Roger Vadim, to film ‘And God Created Woman’ in 1956, and transformed the peaceful fishing village overnight into a sizzling jet-set hotspot. Many celebrities had visited St Tropez: Orson Welles, Rita Hayworth, Errol Flynn and Greta Garbo all sipped cocktails at the starry club Aioli. But none had transformational…

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French School Graduation

French school graduation: 4 weeks of French language school are in the books. The time has flown by. Do we know more than when we came? Bien sûr. (Of course.) Are we close to being fluent, or even to speaking comfortably in public? Mais non! (Of course not!) We do highly recommend immersion school as…

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The halfway mark, Nice and The Rothschild Gardens

Two weeks down and two to go at French school. We’ve finally gotten past “Je m’appelle Shauna. Je suis Américaine.”  We’ve actually learned some simple past tense (passé composé) and future tense (futur proche). Some of you have asked what our classes are like. We each have ten students (Mark is in Debutante 1 and I…

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First day of French school

Not a bad view while learning to conjugate French verbs Bonjour! 🙂 Our first day of French school is in the books – (pun intended). It doesn’t really count as it was almost all administrative happenings (taking tests, getting orientated, having a lot of downtime… a bit inefficient actually. They’ve been doing this here for 45 years though, so…

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A new old feeling…. the First Day of School!

Institut de Francais in Villefranche-sur-Mer French language school, that is. IMMERSION French language school. As in, all day, every day (8:30-5:30, M-F) NO ENGLISH ALLOWED. And I think this starts from the moment we walk in this morning. Um, I’m scared. Marks says he feels like he’s going to first grade again. (at least he doesn’t feel like he’s…

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The TDF Arrives on the Champs-Élysées

“…riding in France during the Tour you are afforded a respect and recognition from almost everyone. The traffic gives way and locals encourage you from the road side. “Allez, allez!” has been the soundtrack to each ride we’ve done. That you’re engaged in a pursuit, at whatever level, that forms such an important part of the culture means you’re heroic just…

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