"Neighbors" (Les Voisins) Read about neighborliness, or les rapports de bon voisinage, in today's story column, written by one of my favorite in-laws, Tante Marie-Françoise. Enjoy! Book recommendation: Eiffel's Tower: And the World's Fair Where Buffalo Bill Beguiled Paris, the Artists Quarreled, and Thomas Edison Became a Count Note: if the book's delightful sub-title didn't win you... Read more →


All photos © Kristin Espinasse Come harvest time, this old wagon is an important part of la routine for a certain Cécilién* farmer. (*Cécilien, Cécilienne: resident of the village of Sainte Cécile-les-Vignes) Jean-Marc's USA Wine Tour: If you are near Tampa on March 24th, you are very welcome to join Jean-Marc for one of his wine tastings.... Read more →


Today's story continues from Châteauneuf-du-Pape ("New Castle of the Pope"), the ruins are pictured here. . Bestselling books on/about France: 1. The Ultimate French Verb Review and Practice 2. Buying a Piece of Paris: A Memoir 3. Exercises in French Phonics en-tête (on-tet) noun, masculine 1. heading 2. headline Audio File & Example sentence Example, taken from... Read more →


photos © Kristin Espinasse. The view of Mont Ventoux ("le Mont Chauve") as seen from the village of Sainte Cécile. "See it" from the village of Chateauneuf-du-Pape, in today's new story column! Remerciements Talk about flower power! The combined strength of your sympathies--via lilies, rosemary, snow drops... pansies--has put a smile in our hearts as my family... Read more →


Aunt Marie-Françoise finishing up another lavender "bottle". tresser (tres-ay) verb 1. to plait, to braid; to twist 2. to weave, wreathe (basket, garland) synonyms: natter (to plait, braid), entrelacer (to interlace, intertwine) Tressons, tressons ces fleurs, hâtons-nous, jeune amie, Les songes et les fleurs demain ne seront plus! Let us weave, let us weave these flowers, let... Read more →


The ancient walls of Gigondas (Vaucluse) where genêt gilds the countryside. faner (fa-nay) verb : to wither La gloire soudaine se fane très vite. Sudden glory quickly withers. --Proverb Hear the French word "faner" and today's quote, read by my son, Max: Download faner.mp3 .Download faner.wav * * * Is it too late to talk about sweet-scented... Read more →


In Gigondas: watching for intruders... or maybe a new pal or two to play with. Read about another dog in today's story column. Smart French : learn French from real French people: guetter (geh-tay) verb to watch, to guard to watch for, to lie in wait for, to be on the lookout for to threaten; to ambush... Read more →


Love the ones you're with. "Braise-The-Dog, pensive." I tried to capture Coco-The-Cat, too, but he flew out of Braise's lap so fast you'd think I was set to feed him a spoonful of cod liver oil. On second thought, what was he thinking? Certainly not "COD!" Learn the language with Painless French: includes grammar, pronunciation, idioms, idiocies... Read more →


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Laboring the earth, the old-fashioned way, at Domaine du Trapadis. Photo by Jean-Marc. rêche (resh) adjective harsh, rough, abrasive (fabric, wine) prickly, cross-grained (difficult-to-deal-with person: un homme rêche) Additional French definition for rêche, from Le Petit Larousse: : "qui est âpre au goût" = that which is tart to the taste Terms: le drap rêche = crumpled... Read more →