Stereotypes

“French” things that aren’t really French

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I’m always amused by American stereotypes of the French, and the things they expect to find on a first visit to France. Visions of berets and baguettes, expectations of pastries and poodles. While you can count on straightforward (read: rude) French waiters and a strike to ruin your travel plans, there are plenty of things […]

July 28, 2010 Continue reading…

A lifelong love affair with France

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Contrary to popular belief, I’m not French. Not a splash of that cheese-loving, surrender-monkey French blood in my body, yet I’m as Francophile as they come. In case you were wondering why this German-Italian-Irish-Polish melting pot shunned her own cultures and embraced France, here’s why.

April 12, 2010 Continue reading…