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She flies with her own wings »

When I first came to the United States in 2009, I went to The East coast. Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, DC… Huge cities, crowded roads and very industrialized regions.
But as I came to Oregon, I heard someone saying “Left coast is definitely the right coast”. And to me it is so true…
I fell in love [...]

Forget about escargots! »

French cuisine…where should I start?
First, most of French traditional dishes are regional. Quiche Lorraine, boeuf Bourguignon, bouillabaisse Marseillaise…They are all named after the region they come from. Did you know that crêpes come from Brittany?!
My region, Alsace, has its own dishes as well. We notice the German influence by the importance of meat and deli [...]

C’est la vie! »

French are very relaxed when it comes to talk about sex.
I don’t mean that we like to exhibit our personal experience, simply that generally, this subject is not taboo.
Just look at the recent revelations concerning Francois Hollande, the French president, who had an affair with an actress, cheating on his [...]

Entrez dans la danse! »

If I am asked about dance in France, I feel like I have to talk about it on a regional scale. France is a small country, but it is composed of regions that vary a lot from one to another. Each has its own culture, dishes, traditional clothes, architecture, but also its very own dances, [...]

Living Together, on Both Sides of the Mediterranean Sea »

When I started my researches for this new topic on Youtube, I typed : “immigration en France” into the seach field. The three first links that appeared were “Muslim Immigration Destroying France”, “Immigration – Délinquance – Islamisation : La France en dangers !!” and “Immigrants in France : France’s suicide”. This sums up perfectly the [...]

L’Art et la Manière »

Poussin, Fragonard, David, Delacroix, Géricault, Courbet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Rodin,… So many French artists who made France famous for Art, and Paris the capital of it. But this huge heritage was sadly not as represented as it should in French pre-collegiate education system as I went through it.In middle school Art History was pretty much [...]

Salut tout le monde !!! »

My name is Florine, and I am very, very glad to be your French language assistant this year, thanks to the Fulbright Program!I grew up in a wonderful region of France called Alsace, in a small town named Soultzmatt. Soultzmatt is located in a valley surrounded by vineyards, in the North-East of France. [...]