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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. Train to Brussels
Aboard the TGV, french-speaking Belgium is less than an hour and a half away from Paris. Reputed for the confection of chocolate and beer, and its wealth of Art Nouveau architecture, why not steal a weekend away in Brussels?
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Napoleon & Josephine - Part I
Who would have guessed that the diminutive Corsican general with a "complex" could write such impassioned love letters as those he wrote for Josephine? Learn more about their tempestuous love affair...
6. A Lion in Paris - Children's Book Review
The illustrations, a beautiful combination of drawing and collage, are what make Un Lion à Paris one of my favorite children's books. Take a look inside...
7. Madeleine Vionnet – French Couture in the 1920's
Learn more about the liberating fashions of the 1920’s confectioned by couturier Madeline Vionnet, mother of the bias cut.
8. 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...
9. Where the Buffalo Roam the Alps
Less than an hour from the French Riviera a herd of European buffalo roam the forested foothills of the Alps. Learn more about visiting the reserve with a safari group.
10. 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?
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