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détendre  [detɑ̃dʀ] English translation: relax Worry is useless, or so I keep telling myself. My first book, “But… what if it doesn’t rain?”, is about this very topic. As the story goes, I was about to embark on a much needed vacation when I was informed of an imminent surprise visit by the famous restaurant […]


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Chocolat  [ʃɔkɔla] English translation: chocolate Chocolate is the perfect dessert, need I say more? RICHART understands chocolate making and the history of chocolate. RICHART chocolat is delightfully delicious and artfully handmade in Paris, France. Do not be discouraged, it is available mailorder and for those of you living in New York City, a selection of their permanent and seasonal collections, […]


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Moto [moto] English translation: Motorbike If you have ever rented anything larger than a SmartCar in Paris you have probably found parking an automobile in the city next to impossible. The ever increasing number of motorbikes whizzing by and between the automobiles on the city streets and highways adds to the sport of driving in Paris. In […]

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Chalumeau [ʃalymo] English translation: Blowtorch A Blowtorch is a general purpose tool used to diffuse a flame to apply heat upon an object. It is often used for repairs to a vehicle or structure. However, Chef Plombé, the lovable personal chef to the President of France in my second book “Deux Pastis s’il Vous Plait!” is found wielding […]


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Chapellerie [ʃapɛlʀi] English translation: hat shop Everyone remembers the Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss and that unique red & white broad striped hat. I was delighted to learn while reading the NY Times this morning that Dr. Seuss not only decked out his characters in hats, he also collected them and brought them […]


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coq [kɔk] English translation: rooster When traveling in France you will notice the rooster depicted in a variety of ways, as weather vanes, ceramics, statuettes, playground features and more. The Gallic rooster (le coq gaulois) is one of several emblems that represent France. Others include, the tricolor blue, white, red as depicted on the French flag, the […]


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temps [tɑ̃] pour avoir le temps English translation: to have time Time is the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues. Time is something we all wish we had more of these days. There are seminars that you can attend that promise to help you make better use of […]


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flèche [flĕsh] Suivez les flèches bleues. English translation Follow the blue arrows. If you have seen the movie Amélie, you will remember the clever trail of blue arrows she leaves in front of Sacré-Cœur for Nino to follow. The playful arrow above is just one example of what you will find while visiting the Musée Picasso in Antibes. You will […]


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Souviens [s-ooh-vee-ens] Je me souviens d’une rose seule. English translation I remember a single rose. When I was 7 years old I had the opportunity to visit Sister’s Hospital in  Buffalo, New York to undergo a major 6 hour operation. I will not go into the details, let’s just say it was quite the experience […]


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Vent [vent] Il y a beaucoup de vent sur Mont Ventoux! English translation There is much wind on Mount Ventoux! If you ever venture to the top of Mount Ventoux in the south of France, as the name suggests, you will find it very windy and very cold even on a sunny, warm day! The […]