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Visite virtuelle de Normandie

Jeudi, septembre 10th, 2020

A virtual visit of the Normandy Region!

I am thrilled to be with you again. I’ve searched for more ways to help you visit France virtually. Let’s go! Allons-y !

This time, we will still visit Normandy, but let me take you to a virtual visit of the city of Caen:

Now, let’s take a virtual tour of the French city of Lorne:

Then, let’s go and virtually visit Domfront:


And now, enjoy the amazing cathedral of Rouen:


In France, you will find a lot of cathedrals and churches, they are just magnificent with amazing stained glasses. If you like beautiful architecture, then the cathedrals and churches in France are definitely places to visit virtually or physically. Often, these monuments are as wonderful as castles. It’s a must-see when you visit France. These beautiful monuments are so intricate in the French culture, you cannot miss them even in a tiny village. You will be amazed and impressed to discover beautiful churches, just in the middle of nowhere. And 90% of them still have their bells ringing each hour (except during the night, people want to sleep!!).


Well, I’ll leave you here for today, I’ll meet you soon with more things to visit virtually in France. Even if you cannot travel right now, I bring you France.


Vocabulary / vocabulaire

Vocabulaire BlogPost visite virtuelle Normandie

Cathedral : cathédrale

Church : église

Stained glass : un vitrail / des vitraux

Architecture : architecture

A bell : une cloche


Une visite virtuelle de la France

Jeudi, septembre 3rd, 2020

Exactement… exactly

Let’s enjoy a virtual tour de France as, right now, it is much safer.

If you really want to visit France but times are difficult right now, you can visit France virtually. And let me be your guide ;)

Technology is great isn’t it?

How can I visit France virtually?

Well, in this article, I will give you a few links and present some very places you can visit. This includes museums you can visit virtually.

If you like modern art, then you’ll enjoy the:

Musée d’art moderne André Malraux:


This museum is located in Le Havre in Normandy.

Enjoy a virtual visit of this French museum.

I’ve also found this link:

You can also discover this wonderful museum. I have a crush for Monet (I love the “impressionnistes”) Waterlilies.


Le musée Monet et ses jardins, Giverny

Speaking of Monet, let me take you to another museum you can virtually visit in France. Let’s leave the coast of Normandy to go inside this region, between Rouen and Paris


Le musée Monet et ses jardins, Giverny :

Giverny is the city of Monet, this is where this famous painter lived in a beautiful home, now a museum. You can visit this museum and do not forget to take a walk in the wonderful gardens. You will find the spirit of Monet here, for sure.

And guess what?! Here is another virtual visit of this French museum:


I hope you will enjoy our first virtual visit of France.

I’ll get you another article with more places to visit from anywhere in the world. Enjoy your French virtual visits and see you soon!


Vocabulaire Visite Virtuelle France

museums : des musées

Virtual : virtuel

Virtually : virtuellement

A garden : un jardin

A home : une maison


Lyon, a special guide: audio

Mardi, septembre 1st, 2020

Congratulations! You just grabbed you free guide, enjoy your visit! Lyon is a great city.   So, here are your sentences and their audio transcription. Enjoy! Learn French, it’s so easy!


Lyon audio 1


Excusez-moi, je ne parle pas français.

Excusez-moi, je ne parle pas beaucoup français.

Excusez-moi, je ne comprends pas.

Excusez-moi, vous pouvez m’aider ?

Excusez-moi, l’opéra, c’est où ?

Excusez-moi, les traboules, c’est où ?

Excusez-moi, ça coûte combien ?

Vous ouvrez à quelle heure ?

Vous fermez à quelle heure ?

Je voudrais l’addition s’il vous plaît.

Je peux payer par carte ?

Merci / Merci beaucoup / Je vous remercie

Au revoir !

Lyon audio 2

Je voudrais un café, s’il vous plaît.

Je voudrais un croissant, s’il vous plaît.

Je voudrais un pain au chocolat, s’il vous plaît.

Je voudrais un éclair, s’il vous plaît.

Je voudrais une baguette, s’il vous plaît.

Je voudrais un verre de vin, s’il vous plaît.

Je voudrais un dessert, s’il vous plaît.

  Lyon audio 3

Je voudrais réserver une table, s’il vous plaît.

Je voudrais réserver une table, pour une personne, s’il vous plaît.

Je voudrais réserver une table, pour deux (2) personnes, s’il vous plaît.

Je voudrais réserver une table, pour trois (3) personnes, s’il vous plaît.

Quatre (4), cinq (5), six (6)


Tour de France & route Napoléon

Lundi, août 31st, 2020

Aujourd’hui, c’est la 3ème étape du Tour de France.

Today is the 3rd day of le Tour de France, between Nice on the French Riviera and Sisteron.

As I was watching the news, a journalist mentioned that today, a part of the race would be on « la route Napoléon ».

Well, well, well. First of all, I have to confess… I am not a big fan of le Tour de France. I feel too much pain watching these guys riding for hours and hours and hours ;)

But if it’s your thing, you’ll find all what you need here: But, I thought it could be a good idea to use Le Tour de France as an excuse to discover a little bit more of France, not only from a riding perspective. So, here we are! La Route Napoléon! What????

I won’t be long, I’ll just give you a little bit of a historical background.

In France, we had kings for centuries and centuries. Then, during the 19th Century, after the Revolution, things became a little bit more complicated (as if is was possible…) and this time of the French History saw many political changes between the emergence of a republic, the come back of a king, republic again, and Napoleon who thought it was the right time to add an emperor on top of all of that. Crazy French ;) imageedit_9_7600106713

So Napoleon Bonaparte (also Napoléon 1er because he was the first… but not the last) has been the Empereur of France between 1804 and 1814. In 1814, he was exiled on the « Ile d’Elbe », the Eba Island, a tiny island in the mediterranean sea. He spent a few months there and escaped in February 1815. He then arrived at Golfe-Juan close to Nice and  started heading North. Close to Grenoble, a regiment meant to intercept him… helped him to march to Paris… and he became Empereur again (to make a very long story very short!).


So, all this to say, that today, the Tour de France will follow this Route Napoleon until Sisteron. And if one day you are in Nice or somewhere close to Nice on the French Riviera and plan to go North, if possible, take this Route Napoleon, sceneries are just gorgeous even if it’s longer than the highway. And if you want to learn more about our wonderful Empereur Napoleon Bonaparte;) I let you check the Wiki page. And I had no time to record the audio but I still give you some vocabulary.

Vocabulaire / vocabulary

Un empereur : emperor

Un roi : a king

Une armée : an army

Être exilé : to be exiled

Une île : an island

Les parfums de Grasse

Jeudi, août 27th, 2020


If you enjoy French perfume “parfum”, then you have to check out the city of Grasse, still in the Provence region, close to Nice and Cannes. Grasse has been “la ville des parfums” literally “the city of Perfumes” since the 17th Century with some of the most famous French “parfumeries” like Fragonard, Molinard and Galinard.

And the good news is: you can visit them and buy your “parfum” directly from them!


You will find more information on the following links (you can select your language):

Parfumerie Molinard:

Parfumerie Galimard:

Parfumerie Fragonard:

And “le musée international de la parfumerie” the international perfume museum:


When visiting Grasse, do not miss the cathedral in the “vieille ville” (literally “old town”) , you’ll be amazed by its beautiful paintings some by Rubens and Fragonard:

If you want to learn more about art and history in the Provence region, then I highly recommend that you visit this museum:

And if you are interested in historical fashion, traditional costumes and jewels, do not miss this museum:


And if you want to escape the city and the beach and need to relax or go for a gentle hike « une randonnée », then you cannot miss the “parc naturel des Préalpes d’Azur”. It is a natural reserve where you can enjoy a beautiful nature:


Have a beautiful week and see you next week, and do not forget to check the audio I’ve prepared for you. Enjoy!Parfums Grasse



Parlez-vous français ?

Mardi, août 25th, 2020

Peut-être pas.

Maybe not…

But, here’s something very good for you!

Here are 10 HIGHLY needed French sentences for tourists, their translation and their audio.

Enjoy and welcome to France!

Listen to the Part 1 of 10 French sentences for Tourists1

Bonjour : Hello

Excusez-moi, je ne parle pas français : excuse-me, I don’t speak French.

Excusez-moi, je ne comprends pas : excuse-me, I don’t understand.

Excusez-moi, vous pouvez m’aider ? Excusez-me, can you help me ?

Excusez-moi, le Louvre c’est où ? Excuse-me, where is the Louvre ?

Excusez-moi, le musée Grévin, c’est où ? Excuse-me, where is the Grevin museum ?

Je voudrais un ticket, s’il vous plaît : one ticket please.

Listen to the Part 2 of  10 French sentences for Tourists2

Ça coûte combien ? How much is it ?

Vous ouvrez à quelle heure ? At what time do you open ?

Vous fermez à quelle heure ? At what time do you close ?

Je peux payer par carte ? Can I pay by card ?

Je peux payer en espèces ? Can pay in cash ?

Merci : thank you

Au revoir ! Good Bye !

Bravo ! Your French has just improved tremendoulsy !

Félicitations ! Congratulations!

Bormes-les-Mimosas, le carnaval

Jeudi, août 20th, 2020

Welcome back… again!

This week, I want to talk about a very famous festival. We are still in Bormes-les-Mimosas (but I promise, we will be moving soon). If you visit this wonderful French city, you cannot miss their « carnaval » carnival.

It takes place in Februray and it is worth a visit.


Bormes-les-Mimosas, la savonnerie

Jeudi, août 13th, 2020

Welcome back to Bormes-les-Mimosas!

Last week, we visited the city of Bormes-les-Mimosas, this week we’ll have a look at « la savonnerie » (and by the way, this is what I wanted to talk about in my last article…). So, here we are: la savonnerie, Bormes-les-Mimosas.

« La savonnerie »? What?

Let’s start with a little bit of French.



Jeudi, août 6th, 2020


Yes, Bormes-les-Mimosas! What is that?!

Well, Bormes-les-Mimosas is a beautiful city in the South of France (Provence region) on the French Riviera.


Pâte sablée / Rich shortcrust recipe

Mardi, juillet 21st, 2020

Pâte sablée is a typical shortcrust widely used in French cuisine. It’s an easy pastry dough to make and it is great to make ahead of time, you can even freeze it!

Pâte sablée has this incredible texture. It crumbles a little bit but it is not dry at all, it is also rich and buttery. Pâte sablée is one of the most used French shortcrust pastry dough.

What kind of tarts can I make with a pâte sablée ?

You can fill your pâte sablée crust with pastry cream and topped with fresh fruit in summer. It is just delicious. You can also use it as the base for chocolate tarts and any kind of fruit. All you need to do, is fully bake the tart crust, and you can fill it with whatever you want!

La recette de la pâte sablée en français

Listen to « Les mots du jour »


Chocolate charlotte

Jeudi, juillet 16th, 2020

A little bit of a background

Although Charlotte is a very popular dessert in France, its origin is… English! We have to go back to the 19th century in England where a cook invented this dessert in the honour of Charlotte, the wife of George III and grand-mother of Queen Victoria. At this time, Charlotte dessert was crafted in a round and rather tall mold, covered with bread and filled with compote.

A few years later, a cook, Antonin Carême, founder of pastry and French haute cuisine, replaced the bread with boudoir biscuits and the compote with Bavarian cream. Charlotte, as we know it now, was born!

Here is my recipe « recette » of « charlotte au chocolat ». This beautiful dessert looks impressive but is not complicated to make.

But before this exquisite recipe, let’s learn a little bit of French! You can skip this part if you want ;-)

Listen to « les mots du jour », an audio file containing a the name and the ingredients of this recipe in French & download some vocabulary in French!