Le Dernier Mot: Autumn’s Delights, A Ramble

"It looks like we will have tomatoes up into November!” I tell my husband, who has just pedalled back from the beach. I am excited by the findings in our garden, and motivated to do better each year....

Le Dernier Mot: Wait a Minute Mr Postman

The unlikely 9,000-mile journey that led two volunteer posties to Kristin Espinasse’s door Around noon, when the sonnette rang, I peeked out the window and saw two people at our front gate. They must be...

Feel at Home “Au Café”: How To Order Coffee Like a French Native

Géraldine Lepère is the founder of Comme une Française, where she delivers French language and culture lessons to expats, visitors, and worldwide francophiles. So you’re in France and you don’t want to feel like a...

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...

Le Dernier Mot: La Génération Sandwich

Kristin Espinasse may have dreamed of an empty nest, but the universe had other plans... When my beau-père passed away two years ago, I knew it was a matter of time before my mother, now...