Category Archives: Holidays in France

Merry Christmas Part II: Wassailing (repost)

Hi y’all – yes, another repost for Christmas.  I hope you will still enjoy it!  Thank you so much to all of you who helped support Bread is Pain in the Expat Blog Awards – we took home first prize … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas Part 1: Joyeux Noel

*This is a repost of a Christmas post I wrote my first year in France.  I hope you will enjoy, more Christmas Posts coming soon. *   Before leaving for the United States, I saw France out at the Christmas Market … Continue reading

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On the Road to Nowhere

“Are you looking at the map, which way do we turn here?”  MB is talking to me while driving as I search both the map and the road for a sign. “I’m looking,” I wail, “but I’m telling you I … Continue reading

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When You Have Paris

There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other. We always returned to it no matter who we were or how it was changed or … Continue reading

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Anxiety on the Death Star

The airport these days can be a scary and intense place…almost anxiety-attack-inducing. Is all metal off my body?  There is an underwire in my bra…I really hope they don’t try to take my bra, I mean, that’s just going to … Continue reading

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Wassailing

“Quoi?”  MB calls out from the kitchen. “Quoi what?”  I say this before the redundancy of it computes in my mind. He steps out of the kitchen and into the living room where I am dancing like a maniac and … Continue reading

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Holiday Season Part II: Spreadable Meat and Hot Wine

Alright, so we already know my favorite USA Christmas things…now for France! 7) Animatronics.  Yeah, that’s right…animatronics, love ‘em.  A merry band of robotic, glassy-eyed zombie bears playing Christmas Carols = awesome!  (maybe I’ve been watching too much Walking Dead)  … Continue reading

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Holiday Season Part I: A Few of My Favorite Things

I love Christmas…possibly to an annoying degree (definitely if you ask MB).  I love the music, I love the movies, I love the decorations, I love the food, I love the whole holiday spirit.  In fact, even winter (which I … Continue reading

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Fall-N-France

I am walking through the neighborhood market when I spot France picking through a basket of Girolles (Chanterelles). ME:  What up, France? I put my hand up for a high five but all I get back is an eye roll. … Continue reading

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Fourth of July: for Lafayette

Me:  Hey France!!!  France!! I wave trying to get France’s attention. France:  Ah, bonjour.  It is the Américaine. Me:  Yes, it is the Américaine.  Why do you say that like you don’t know who I am? France lights a cigarette … Continue reading

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