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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. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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...
5. Madeleine Vionnet – French Couture in the 1920's
A sampling from Madeline Vionnet’s repertoire is on display at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs. The exposition follows her career through the 20's where women were liberated from their corsets. Her style, using pure lines and a bias cut to hug curves, drastically changed the face of high fashion.
6. 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?
7. French Fashion Haircuts – How to Avoid Getting One
The difficulty of communicating what you want is only half the battle when you step into a French salon. A coiffeur is an artist and realizing their vision of you is what powers the scissors. I’ve learned to be very articulate in what I expect before the cutting begins.
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. From France with Love – Gift Ideas
A list of my favorite gifts from France and where you can find them.
10. Mad Vicky's Tea Gallery
Mad Vicky’s Tea Gallery near Montmartre is a mingling of art forms and creative spirits where rhyme and reason are traded for spontaneity. An art installation served as occasion enough for a basement serenade from Diane Cluck.
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