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Saturday, December 15, 2012


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lLal Minton

J'aimerais bien m'y inscrire mais pas en hiver. Si vous deux en donniez en ete en francais. Je vais en France pour entedre et parler francais. Lal Minton


Comme Lal,
I would prefer one in French, maybe with less luxe and not an all American group.
Don't need so much food or luxurious accommodations....need the bikes, etc. Like to immerse self more than to be pampered.
But would absolutely LOVE to have you two as hosts...on even a simple barge tour ANYwhere in France, and any season.
Merci bien, de m'ecouter.
Guess I should just come do y'all's vendange!!!



Once Kristi and Jean-Marc get the hang of this new adventure I am sure there will be more to come, more ways for all of us to meet-up somehow in our future. I have been begging for them to try something like this for years - and now out of the blue they have this opportunity...even thought I don't think John and I can afford this particular cruise I do hope in the future that there will be another event that we will be able to enjoy. Of course my fantasy will always be that the entire group would be French Word-A-Day friends and also my daughter Heidi - and then of course my two X-husbands and their beautiful wives - plus JM's mom of course. I like my dream.




Remember, the cruise sails the Seine River in France; every time you step off the ship you will have constant opportunities to speak French with every local and person you encounter! It's in France, right?

Leslie in Portland, Oregon

Will Smokey and Braise be helping you host the cruise? XOXO, Leslie


I like Jules' dream! Someday I hope it will be my reality :)

Sarah LaBelle near Chicago

Normandy, very appealing!

Very recently I discovered a cousin on my LaBelle side, who researched our roots in New France. We knew my grandfather & his sister came from Montreal to Chicago in the 1870s, but nothing about how they came to Canada.

We have been delighted to learn of over 200 years in New France, descending from those original brave settlers from all over France. Louis Hébert, the apothecary from Paris who came with Champlain in the early 1600s is one of them. Plus many from Perche and other places in Normany, some from La Rochelle on the Atlantic coast, and some from Rhones Alpes region. The tiny farming village of our first LaBelle. Roots all over France!

Those ancestors who made the huge change from Europe to this New World always intrigue me. this group who travelled in the 1600s and the rest who came in the 1800s. I have all that blood in me of brave settlers in a totally new place -- yet I am within 25 miles of where I was born.

I wonder if that is part of the appeal of your blog for me, Kristin. You did the same thing in reverse.

You do not have to face the natives and decide if they are friendly or warlike, as those New France settlers did, but you started from scratch in your new world.

Ah well, such river cruises are not in my scope, but I hope it is a big success for the two of you.


Hi Sarah,

Thanks for sharing your lovely story about your LaBelle roots...



Peggy Wright

This sounds wonderful and I hope to join you on this adventure. Will it be possible to stay a few days more in Paris, either before or after the cruise?

Kathy en Californie

Ce sera sans doute formidable, mais j'attendrai faire un voyage avec vous deux où on parle français. Mais bon voyage! Je suis sûre que vous aurez beaucoup de monde à le faire avec vous et que vous vous amuserez énormément ensemble! (Et ne te fais pas trop de soucis, Kristin!)

Eileen - Charlottesville, VA

Hi Kristin,
What a wonderful idea and adventure! I'm sure this cruise will fill up fast!


I would also love Jules idea (for all of the family of French word a day to get together and meet on the cruise)...wouldn't that be such FUN !!!

Ginette Mazloum

Je ne veux pas être pessimistique mais croisière en Novembre? dans le Nord? Brrrr. J'aime la chaleur.

Jeff Dempsey

Hi Kristin,
We booked the AMA Cruise departing April 12th, 2013 last June......I am curious any chance Jean-Marc will be lecturing on this one??? As a long time follower of French Word-A-Day, that would be such an added treat for the family vacation this Spring!!!
Thank you for always inspiring, teaching and sharing your beautiful photography. Love It

Edie Schmidt

Merci Kristin:

I'm always finding the things my husband has misplaced. I enjoyed your story of domestic bliss!
I also love the expression "zut de zut!" and will share that one with my weekly French group. We are always looking for new vocabulaire.

Edie from Savannah

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