Clement Street and Arguello Boulevard

Carrefours of France in San Francisco: Clement Street and Arguello Blvd

Sometimes the carrefours of France in San Francisco are a surprise. Hidden, subtle, with no historical French hints, but there is an esprit if one looks for the clues. The corner of Clement Street and...

French Culture: Etiquette Tips for Travellers

We look at the minefield of manners and social mores l’Apéro The French apéritif, or apéro for short, is one of the very building blocks of French social life, an important signal of the end...

Le Dernier Mot: It’s Cupboard Love

When does a healthy penchant for provisions turn into hoarding? When our 25-year-old opened the kitchen pantry and began his grocery shopping, I felt a mixture of pride and panic. Hey there, wait a minute....

10 Surprising Anglophones Who Speak French

Parlez-vous français? (“do you speak French?”) For most of us the answer is non, but there are more people who have mastered the language than you might expect. Let’s look at a few. Queen Elizabeth...

Foodie Faux Pas: What Not to Say in French Restaurants

One of the highlights of France is its fabulous food but beware: Even with faultless French grammar, you can unknowingly upset a lot of people! To avoid upsetting the waiter or shocking the chef,...

Popular French Baby Names: Yesterday and Today

When you think of classic French monikers, names like Brigitte and Jacques come to mind. But are they still popular? What are today’s parents naming their children? Let’s take a look. Most Popular Names In 2019,...

My Life in Paris: Life is Sweet

Berry smoothies, high-class confectionery and kombucha tea all helped Theadora get through lockdown in France. March In the beginning, I was doing okay – plus, I felt more than prepared in the self-care department. Just days...

Le Dernier Mot: COVID Greeting, One Elbow or Two?

To bise, or not to bise? Kristin finds the traditional French greeting just got trickier Heading out for une soirée in nearby Cassis, I paused to recite the doormat drill – you know, that mental...

La Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin: Bacchanalia in Burgundy

Beaune, located in the heart of Burgundy’s Côte d’Or region and celebrated for its vineyards, brings a twinkle to the eyes of wine enthusiasts. It is also famed as the seat for La Confrérie...

The Changing World of Work in France

A lot has changed since 1990. Back then, Kevin Costner was starring in Dances With Wolves, you could board a flight without walking through an X-ray machine, and the smartphone was still just a...