Born and raised in Asia, they flew before they could walk. French by their Mum, Swiss German by their Dad, 6 y.o altogether and already fluent in English, French, Bärn Deutsch and Mandarin. Thailand taught them how to bow before Buddhist altars, we celebrate Hanukha and Christmas, and they already understood that God has many, many houses. Meet my kiddos, Mr and Ms Attila! Our little tribe … Continue reading Where is “Home” for my Multicultural kids?
But my home country is in crisis! The French economy (Yves Saint Laurent himself) needs me! Seriously, it is sometimes incredibly difficult to stay afloat when you are genuinely empathic and simply want to help… Continue reading I hate to spend money!
Le “Flore” is my favorite café in Paris. It used to be my refuge from the rest of the world when I was studying political sciences a street away, some years ago. It is still my little oasis when I visit the French capital. I have to stop there, even just an hour, or else my French trip would not be complete. Like all my favorite places … Continue reading In the mood for a quiet (start of the) day
Today, I asked Ms Attila why she loves so much being in France. Her answer totally melt my heart: “Because it’s where are all the people we have been loving forever “. Such a precious definition of my sibling! Let me introduce you to the Dream team: my big brother Florian, on the right. Event hough we are pretty close in age, we are very … Continue reading The French Word(s) of the day : “frères et soeurs”
I came across a little gem in Fontainebleau. One of those treasure chests dressed like a little shop.. Its mere display was already intriguing enough. The reflection of the church on its window had turned the ballerinas into angels. The beautiful little statues were dancing in the air. From any angle you would stand, the illusion was perfect: the shop was inhabited by angels. I had to … Continue reading The French word of the day : curiosités
The best place to read, to wait, to date, to relax, to meet up, to write … Le Café! where you’ll obviously order … un café! You know you are in a real French café when the waiter won’t bother talking to you ( aside from taking your order) and let you enjoy your precious elixir tranquillement! You know you are in a real French café … Continue reading The French word of the day: Café
Remember the pre-Instagram era? when we would take the time to buy post cards and look for stamps. Usually on the last day of the holidays, we would sit down at a Café terrace and write a few lines to the grand parents and the best friends. I have always loved writing postcards, and I still do. It is really like sharing a moment of my holidays … Continue reading The French word of the day: carte postale
Because it’s Monday, to wish you all the sweetest week! Repeat after me, bon-bon (candy). The name bon-bon arose from infantile reduplication of the French word bon, meaning ‘good’. In modern French and several other European languages, the term simply refers to any type of candy or small confection. If you need choice and quality, just open the ancestral door of the “Mere de Famille” (Family mum … Continue reading The French word of the day: bonbon
Sunny Sunday in the French capital: a perfect day for a lazy brunch and for wandering in parks. Un jour pour faire de la trottinette ! Repeat after me: tro-tee-net! The little scooter is the must have of the Bobo kids, but lots of hipster Dads have theirs too. I tried it, and I really enjoyed the ride. I had really missed the Parisian proper sidewalks, those quiet … Continue reading The French word of the day: trottinette
Evidemment! The Compulsory accessory of the City of Love … Your second word in French is Fleur. Yes, almost like your “flour”. Repeat after me: Fleur ! Just make sure you follow the proper etiquette when you buy roses. We French are pretty serious with their meanings… Red is for passion: never on a first date or you’ll totally freak us out! Yellow means asking for forgiveness. Associated with betrayal, … Continue reading The word of the day: Fleur