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French Culture encompassing the arts, books, films, music, dance, events, and of course the French language

French Educational Board Games


Our top 3 best- selling selection of French Educational Board Games for all ages just in time for the holidays to put in the Chaussons or under the Sapin de Noel. These games will help you brush up on your French language skills or help you pick up some the language while you’re having fun with the whole family.

KLOO’s Learn to Speak French Language Board Game – Race to Paris

Winner of the “ToyTalk Best Board and Card Game of the Year”, has turned learning a language into a game. Players make sentences and learn words in French to score points. The longer the sentence and the more words you learn, the faster you can power your car around the special “Race to Paris” game board.

Compete, race and overtake – KLOO makes learning a language fast, easy and a lot of fun. But there is no need to be a language expert – you can start playing KLOO as an absolute beginner – just be ready for how fast you pick up the language! 

100 PICS France Quiz Game – Educational Travel Trivia Flash Card Games for Smart Kids

Discover France perfect as a present or stocking filler. Do you know crêpe from croque?! A fun and educational picture quiz featuring French food, landmarks, animals, phrases and more.

You can play it like a quiz with your family (reading aloud the clues and guessing the answer), or use them like flashcards or a guide book to learn about France before you go. Play alone or with friends and family (age 8 plus).

7 Families – A French Card Game Like Go Fish – Kids Card Game with a French Learning Twist

Jeu des 7 Familles is a French card game that originated in the 19th century and is associated with the old English game, Happy Families. It is very similar to today’s Go Fish and Old Maid card games. It’s a fast-paced game that makes use of close observation and memory as you figure out which players have the cards you need while attempting to collect as many complete families as possible to win the game.

The game is ideal for 2-6 players and typically lasts around 20 minutes. It consists of 42 cards that are divided into seven different animal families. Each family has a grandfather, a grandmother, a mother, a father, a son and a daughter. After the cards have been dealt, the game is played much like the Go Fish card game for kids. Players take turns asking one another if others have cards belonging to an animal family they are trying to collect.

While playing the game or separately, kids and adults alike can leverage the French vocabulary lists that come with the game in order to practice naming the various objects represented on each card in the deck, like learning flash cards.

Start learning French and making memories with your family and friends!

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Call My Agent Sneak Peek – 10 Pour cent – Season 4


“Call My Agent!” aka Dix Pour Cent created by Fanny Herrero made its debut in 2015 on France 2 and quickly became a global sensation when it was picked up by Netflix. This is one of my favorite French Netflix Series.

For the last 3 seasons the team of tight-knit Parisian talent agents and their assistants at ASK Talent Agency have taken us along for the ride behind the scene as we get intimately and endearingly involved in their professional and private lives. We watch as they maneuver and work with their talents which just happen to be some of France’s biggest stars in the film industry such as: Cécile de France, Isabelle Huppert, Nathalie Baye, Line Renaud, Audrey Fleurot, Jean Dujardin, Isabelle Adjani and so many more.

A new long-awaited Call My Agent! aka 10 Pour Cent season was released October 21, 2020 in France and Netflix has renewed the show for a 4th  season which is expected to release soon sometime in 2020. To date, there are 6 episodes entitled: Charlotte, Franck, José, Sandrine, Sigourney, and Jean with our favorite cast members.

ASK Talent Agency with Camille Cottin, Thibault de Montalembert, Grégory Montel, Liliane Rovère, Laure Calamy, Asaad Bouab, Fanny Sidney, Stefi Selma, and Nicolas Maury.

Sigourney Weaver is the first International actress who said oui without hesitation and without even reading the script. In a recent Variety interview she tells why she loves this series: “It’s a love letter to the business, to the relationships between actors, artists; it goes behind the scenes to show the problems of actors in dealing with different directors and mood scenes cosmetic surgery and all these situations that come up in a very humorous way that no other show does; it has a lot of affection for the business and for the job of being an agent. The agents in the series are very passionate about their clients. It’s very inspiring.”

In this new season Andréa will assume the role of ASK agency director and will hire a new senior talent manager from Star Media for the better or for the worst.

Get the popcorn ready for Season 4 of Call My Agent aka 10 Pour Cent!

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Johnny Hallyday – Son Rêve Américain


Johnny Hallyday’s American Dream or “Son rêve américain” album is out three short years after his passing. This is really the iconic French rocker’s second posthumous album . Mon pays c’est l’amour was the 51st and the last album released a few months after his death. Johnny’s widow Laeticia explains how this album saw the light: “This is not my project, it’s his”, says Laeticia, ” He loved to call America his Promised Land , this America that nourrished him since the beginning of his career. This is where he gave himself an American name. It was the America of his heroes, where he was a free man, a man in peace.”

Johnny Hallyday – Son rêve américain 3 CD / 2 DVD Films includes an unreleased film by François Goetghebeur – A nos promesses: le dernier road trip à moto de Johnny et ses potes aux USA- To our Promises: Johnny’s last motorcyle US road trip with his pals.

The album also includes another unreleased film by Pascal Duchène – Johnny USA : les coulisses de sa tournée US de 2014 – Johnny USA Behind the Scenes of his 2014 US Tour

This is a LIVE unreleased double album recorded in New-York – The original road trip soundtrack , including the unreleased song: ” Deux sortes d’hommes” – “Two Kinds of Men”

Discover or rediscover all of Johnny Hallyday’s albums.

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Emily in Paris on Netflix (2020)


This lighthearted à l’eau de rose  American comedy is a series you might  love to hate.  Brimming over with  heavy  clichés and  the most obnoxious French stereotypes Emily in Paris  is  more of a parody and  fantasy.    Still Emily in Paris is charming and one of my Favorite French Netflix Series. Emily Cooper is suddenly catapulted from Chicago to Paris to act as a young marketing executive in an established French marketing agency.   Oblivious to the French culture and the language,  Emily will forge her way in designer pumps  or talons à aiguilles and fashion style ( in some scenes a bit à la Audrey Hepburn) and quickly create a social media buzz.

Portraying  an  ambitious, overzealous, independent American  young woman with an endearing side , we casually follow Emily’s adventures in her new life in the city of light. The episodes are short and a nostalgic way to spend a few hours in a make-believe Paris with likeable characters especially the very French work colleagues, Sylvie the boss, as well as Emily’s love interests as we get caught up in the predictable storyline.

Emily in Paris (2020), the new series from the creator of Sex and the City, Darren Star, premiered October 2 on Netflix Starring: Lily Collins, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Ashley Park, Lucas Bravo, CAmille Razat,

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Faire trempette or the art of dunking


To dunk or not to dunk ? That is the question. In French we say “faire trempette” to take a little dip. The French are elegant especially the ladies but I’m not sure there’s an elegant way to dunk your croissant unless you’re dunking a petit biscuit. Yet. there’s nothing more delicious for breakfast than a buttery croissant dunked in a big bowl of coffee, tea or hot chocolate. The art of “ faire trempette” dans son café or “dunking” is too dunk lightly and not to make your baguette or croissant too soggy but just enough. Even Marcel Proust in A la recherche du temps perdu,  used a spoon to delicately dunk his Madeleines but it’s not quite the same.

“… je portai à mes lèvres une cuillerée du thé où j’avais laissé s’amollir un morceau de madeleine…”

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To indulge in this French habit, for starters you’ll need a big French bowl for your Café au lait to dunk your favorite tartines, baguette, croissant, brioches, biscottes , Madeleine , or viennoiseries etc… There is no limit to what can be dunked. I love the traditional French bowls reminiscent of childhood, you know the personalized bowls made in Bretagne or “bol breton” with your name on it, and I also like this one. Of course, you can also use your oversized American coffee mug but you won’t look too French.

  • Pillivuyt Cafe Au Lait Coffee Bowl, 1.15lb
  • White Porcelain Traditional European Coffee Bowl, 13-ounce – Dishwasher Safe
  • Guaranteed to be free from defects in materials and workmanship
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I have a confession to make… not only do I love to dunk my croissants or tartines beurrées in my coffee, I also like to slurp my café au lait but that’s another topic! 😉

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French Summer Essentials


Nothing screams French style more than the traditional handmade French Straw Market basket or panier de paille which is used all year long in France especially for shopping at the market or faire les courses au marché and which makes the perfect summer beach bag.

Our selection is the Moroccan Basket Straw Bag Style from ArtOuarzazate,  French Market Basket shopping woven wicker beach basket with short tan leather handles and tassel handwoven in a Moroccan workshop located in Marrakech, Morocco.

The artisans selected carefully the best bio palm leaves to create this luxurious handbag. Handles were meticulously sewn from the finest leather to provide you a great comfort when you carry it.  A practical and stylish design perfect for everyday use and effortlessly adds a French touch to your summer wardrobe.

Complete the look with an extra large floppy straw sunhat!

 

This summer straw hat  is from Furtalkt made of premium paper straw. Breathable and comfortable, it is tightly woven for quality and durability with Sun UV Protection UPF 50+ along with  floppy wide brim providing a perfect shade to your face, help protecting from the sun’s harmful rays. It is also  foldable and crushable, easy to take and pack up. Great for beach, boating, vacation, park or pool, hiking, camping, gardening, vacation, tourism, weekend getaway, honeymoon and comes in many colors. 

Protect you eyes and give your look a French style with Be One Polarized Sunglasses Cat Eye Vintage Classic Retro Fashion Design UV Protection Lens

 
 
And don’t forget to lather the suncreen with La Roche-Posay Anthelios Cooling Water Lotion Broad Spectrum, Body & Face Sunscreen, Fast Absorbing, Water Resistant, 5.0 Fl. Oz
 
A unique sunscreen texture that transforms like water on the skin, while providing a cooling effect and advanced sunscreen protection. Formulated with Cell-Ox Shield antioxidant technology. Suitable for sensitive skin.
 
So now go enjoy your summer  with a chilled glass of  French Rosé !
 
 
 

With 15 estates with exemplary terroirs, Gérard Bertrand is the ambassador of fine wines of Languedoc-Roussillon around the world. He has defended the wealth of his land with passion and enthusiasm for over 30 years. Producing great wines requires patience, maturity and rigor, but the same vision must be shared with one’s team. It also takes a healthy dose of intuition to bring out the soul of the terroir. And understanding the different steps – harvest, bottling, vinification and aging – and not being afraid of “the thousand and one details” that lead to Excellence.

So wherever you are you can always add a touch of French flair to your hot summer days! 

 

 

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