Gratin Dauphinois: A French Potato Treat

Here’s another opportunity, with this French Potato Treat, to get in your kitchen and whip up something French since you can’t go just yet. In this post, you’ll learn how to make Gratin Dauphinois, a beloved potato dish known all over France. It’s one of those recipes that has several different versions all over the country. Some have cheese, some don’t, but all are made with heavy cream and a hint of garlic. Are you ready to give this a…

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When Can I Travel to France Again?

As the world slowly unlocks itself after a long, tense period of illness and fear, people wonder, when can I travel again? This year, the travel industry, worth $8 trillion, teetered on collapse as the pandemic forced thousands of would-be travelers to abandon their vacation plans. In March, the U. S. Travel Association predicted nearly 6 million travel-related jobs would be lost in the U. S. and possibly up to 50 million worldwide. Current losses in the industry are well…

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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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French Greetings: Free Mini-Course (and other news)

Free French Mini-Course! Bonjour! Maybe you’re planning a trip to France in the future, or maybe you simply love the French language.  There is a special tool I have developed for you. It is the FREE online mini-course called French Greetings and Polite Expressions. Why is that important for you? As you go about your business at home, you probably say things like please, thank you, excuse me, and you’re welcome automatically all day long. But in a foreign country,…

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5 Foods You Must Try in France

When you visit France, there are just some foods you have to eat. It’s like getting your passport stamped when you arrive. Some of these you know instinctively. You may make some of these yourself. But you know they aren’t the same. They aren’t made the same and they don’t taste the same as in-country. Treat yourself to French specialties and discover some new ones you didn’t know you loved! Eating is part of the experience! (And if you haven’t…

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10 Day Trips Under Two Hours from Paris

You’re visiting Paris for a week or more. But wouldn’t it be nice to take a day trip elsewhere to get a different flavor? Here are some towns you can get to in two hours or less to enjoy a day trip from Paris that offers a different slice of this wonderfully varied country! Amiens In Amiens, you’ll see the 13th-century Cathedral Notre Dame, the largest Gothic cathedral in France. It is one of the main attractions of Amiens. Then…

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