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Here are the top ten articles for the French Culture Site! These rankings are live and get reset at the beginning of each month, so check back often to see what your fellow visitors are most interested in!
1. Pregnancy and Birth in France
When starting a family it is nice to have the support of the French social systems in place. Here is a look at some of the advantages of having a baby in France.
2. Gender Gap in Sports
A look at why there’s a noticeable gender gap when it comes to which sports are acceptable for women to play. A call to arms, little girls put down your dolls.
3. We Don't Say I Love You, It's Bisous!
Three little words that slip off my tongue with ease, I love you, prove to be disquieting to the family of my husband. Instead, they are replaced by the sweet, familiar French saying bisous.
4. Paris Schools of Language – La Sorbonne vs. Alliance Française
When assessing options for French language instruction, after weighing the merits and shortcomings of la Sorbonne against those of Alliance Française, I was able to find my niche in the classroom.
5. The Invention of Hugo Cabret – Book Review
The novel, historical fiction set in 1930’s Paris, is delivered by 12 year old Hugo who lives within the train station walls and spends his days winding the clocks and pouring through his journal in an attempt to mend a robot that may carry his father’s last words.
6. How to Order Coffee in France
Indulging in cup of coffee in France means more than just getting your caffeine fix, it is an opportunity to enjoy the commotion of life unfolding around you in a moment of meditation. Here is how to order the right cup...
7. Marie Antoinette: Spoiled Little Rich Girl?
Did Marie Antoinette live a charmed life only to die a tragic death? Or was she just another spoiled royal who got what she deserved?
8. 1920’s Paris Mode : Fashions of les Années Folles
Following the blow of World War I, Paris underwent a period of rebirth. Women celebrated newfound liberty in both the way they carried and costumed themselves. These fashions born from the 20's, now on exhibit at the Musée Galliera, are timeless. Infuse your style with some of their extravagance.
9. Arts de la Rue - France's Street Arts Festivals
Arts de la Rue is one of my favorite festivals of the year where acrobats, dancers, dreamers, musicians and theatre troupes join forces for the space of a weekend. These free street arts festivals demonstrate existence of the surreal in the hearts of the French. Indulge yourself.
10. Madame Grès - Paris Couture from the 1930's
Madame Grès' intricately worked, asymmetric designs accompanied by their sketches and fashion photographs present the timeless output of her Paris workshop. They are on display amongst the sculptures in Paris' Musée Bourdelle.
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