Did you know that grève also means sandbank or pebbly beach and actually comes from Place de Grève, a flat and sandy area on the banks of the River Seine in Paris (now Place de l’Hôtel de Ville)?
Of course, unless you’re looking for a few days off school or work and want to catch something infectious, there are also quite a few reasons NOT to kiss hello or goodbye
Useful vocabulary to help you through the festive period
…………. card – une carte de Noël
…………. day – le jour de Noël
…………. dinner – le Réveillon
…………. tree – le sapin
It’s hard to resist a recipe with such a saucy sounding name! If it conjured up visions of gypsy dancers with flashing eyes you wouldn’t be far wrong, because zarzuela (sar-soo-EH-lah) means operetta or variety show in Catalan.
HAPPY NEW YEAR Premier bain de l’année (first dip of the year) Only for the very brave! CLICK HERE TO TAKE A LOOK AT PREMIER BAIN 2011 If you’re very brave, you might just fancy…
Normally when you are “invited” to visit the Police in France, you do this with a little trepidation. My invite however was to join the CRS, Secours en Montagne, on one of their avalanche, search and rescue, retraining or “recyclage” days.
A dinner party in France is seen very much as an opportunity for friends and family to spend quality time together and can last several hours and sometimes cover six courses or more.
The pound was turbo charged overnight on Thursday, with the currency flying high after the exit poll suggested the Conservatives were on track for a major win.
He is the ‘Père Noel du Secours Populaire’ and his job is not to hand out presents but to collect them.
French poet Leon-Paul Fargue described eating oysters as like ‘kissing the sea on the lips’.
Exotic, erotic by reputation….and not everybody’s tasse de thé, the sight and texture of an oyster has made many a strong man (and woman) gag. Still alive as you tip it into your mouth, might it wriggle and jiggle and wiggle inside, like the old day who swallowed a spider?