Tag 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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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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The Romance of a Sale

I love sales.  Love them.  I will buy things that I don’t really find attractive or things that I absolutely do not need based solely on the fact that they are on sale.  As a dear friend of mine puts … Continue reading

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Joyeux Noel

Before leaving for the United States, I saw France out at the Christmas Market in town. France:  Hello!  American friend, hello!! France is waving wildly and jumping up and down.  I turn behind me to see whose attention is being … Continue reading

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The 7 Stages of an Awkward Dinner

MB found the place online and it looked charming, a 15th century farmhouse in the country, excellent reviews on trip advisor, and only thirty minutes from town.  What could possibly go wrong?  So we packed our little overnight bags, hopped … Continue reading

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A Month of Sundays

This is a transcript of my most recent conversation with France. Me:  Bonjour France! France:  Oui, bonjour.   (France takes a sip of Pastis) Me:  Guess what?! France:  Quoi? Me:  My semester ends the first week of August; I’m so excited.  … Continue reading

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Which way do we go?

My parents arrived in France yesterday afternoon.  MB is still in the Philippines so it is my duty to escort them around.  This may not sound like a daunting task but for the past 6 months I have been so … Continue reading

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Holiday Savagery: Would Ralph have survived bad traffic?

In the United States, holiday traffic can be frustrating and extremely unpleasant; in France, it is epic and terrifying. I know it seems unusual to apply the idea of ‘fear’ to traffic but let me assure you that it is … Continue reading

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