The Most Important French Words

Traveling to France is back on our radar. It is gradually opening up to welcome France travel-lovers of the world. As we prepare to travel again, let’s get practical. Maybe you don’t speak French and don’t see the reason to learn. There’s a very important reason to learn a bit of it, however, and I hope to convince you. The French don’t expect you to speak their language, but a little bit of French, even just a few words, will…

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A Taste of France: Quiche Lorraine

One of the best-known French meals is Quiche Lorraine. It originated in eastern France in the Lorraine region next to Germany. There are many variations of the recipe. Some cooks choose not to add cheese, using only bacon for flavor. I think it’s better with the addition of Gruyère cheese, and most versions do have cheese. The following recipe is based on one from French Country Cooking, by cooking legend, Anne Willan. Ms. Willan, a British American, was the founder…

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Real French for Travelers Online Course

Real French for Travelers Online Course is finally here! At last, the book that helped many people learn basic French for their trip has been expanded into an online course, complete with all the pronunciation help you need, helpful vocabulary, exercises with answer keys, and more. Traveling in France is much more enjoyable and less intimidating if you know how to navigate basic French as you order in restaurants, ask for directions, get help, read road signs, and much more.…

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Cheaper Ways to Travel to France

It’s never too early to find cheaper ways to travel to France. That means that even if you can’t travel right away due to Corona, you can learn about ways to travel cheaper to France. Maybe you’re not a budget traveler. But if you can save money on your flight, you can spend more on food and excursions. If you are a budget traveler, well, this post is for you. Here are a few tips that can help you save…

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Is Travel Insurance Necessary? (Dull but Important)

This post on travel insurance might be a less exciting topic, but it’ll be worth a look. Especially now that the Coronavirus has covered the earth and many are scrambling to see if their policies will cover a needed cancelation. Many people will be disappointed since few policies cover this kind of thing (unless you bought “cancel for any reason” insurance, as did one of my French students. She was glad she’d spent the extra money in this case. I…

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The French People: A Traveler’s Guide

We love traveling to France… picturesque villages, castles. We love the food, the wine. What about the people of France? They are part of the cultural tapestry that is France. Without them, you have buildings and streets, but no life. For decades, Americans have held a stubborn belief that the French dislike them. I’m not sure where this began and how it has persisted. There were periods where we were at odds politically, such as during the Gulf War, but those…

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