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More Free Virtual Cultural Tours


As the world continues to be confined with #stayathome orders, culture, arts, and music graciously come to us. There are more and more FREE Virtual Cultural Tours offered all over the world from the comfort of our couch and computer. Some virtual visits have particularly caught our eyes such as taking a stroll down Monet’s Garden in Giverny, an up-close insider tour of the Chateau de Versailles, listening to an opera at the Philharmonie de Paris, applauding the Comédie Francaise actors or delighting in a fantastic Cirque du Soleil adventure.

Monet Giverny

Monet Waterlilies

Versailles

And to take it a step further have you tried Virtual Reality?  VR is a technology now available to consumers with a range of devices providing a 360-degree simulation experience using VR Headsets. 

 

 

Enjoy your virtual travels, exploring, and learning and most of all stay safe!

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French Take-Out, Curbside, Delivery Orders in DFW Metroplex


Local restaurants have taken a huge economic loss due to the coronavirus shutdown. Let’s support our local businesses during this difficult time for everyone in Texas. On the French side, we have found a couple places that offer Take-Out, Curbside or Delivery in the DFW Metroplex when you have that special craving for French goodies like bistro foods, French bread & baguettes, croissants, crêpes, or macarons! (more to be  added)

Some of our favorites in the neighborhood:

Main Street Bistro and Bakery 

316 S Main St
Grapevine, Texas 76051
Highlights info row image To Order

Grapevine: 817-424-4333 | Plano: 972-309-0404 | Rowlett: 469-969-0883

Bisous Bisous Bakery 

3700 McKinney Ave Ste 150
Dallas, Texas 75204
Highlights info row image To Order
(214) 613-3570
From “Freezer to Oven” assortment, including the favorite pain au chocolat!

 

Whisk Crêpes Café

888 Sylvan Ave
Dallas, Texas 75208
Highlights info row image To Order
(469) 407-1899
Ultimate Crêpe Package
French Wine Package

 

Village Baking Company

Dallas
Highlights info row image  Call for Info (214) 951-9077

Also,  Metroplex Social has compiled an extensive list of  Restaurants Offering Curbside and Delivery for when you’re stuck at home in Lewisville, Frisco, Lewisville, PlanoProsper, Denton, GarlandMcKinney, and Flower Mound!

More restaurants will be added or please suggest your favorite.

Stay safe and healthy!

 

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Virtual Field Trips at Home


During these challenging times of #stayathome  #restonsàlamaison and social distancing with COVID-19, our minds and spirits do not have to be confined and can still explore, escape and be especially very creative.

Here are a few ideas to explore French culture and Paris Museums but also world art, culture, and history through global virtual lenses. Below are some of our favorite virtual destinations featuring exhibits, tours, and expositions you can visit on a virtual field trip right now from your home!

Le Louvre

Mont St Michel

The Museum Computer Network (MCN)  has a mission “To grow the digital capacity of museum professionals by connecting them to ideas, information, opportunities, proven practices, and each other.” Here’s an extensive list of virtual field trips you can take from home with an impressive list MCN has compiled free of charge: “The Ultimate Guide to Virtual Museum Resources, E-Learning, and Online Collections”

Pompidou

Now is also a good time to travel around the world with Google Tour.

VR

More  Free Virtual Visits:

Monet Giverny

Versailles

 

And to take it a step further have you tried Virtual Reality?  VR is a technology now available to consumers with a range of devices providing a 360-degree simulation experience using VR Headsets. 

Enjoy your virtual travels, exploring, and learning and most of all stay safe!

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LVMH French Perfume Houses Manufacture Free Hydroalcoholic Gel


In the midst of the global pandemic COVID-19, the world leader in luxury LVMH and the parent company of French luxury brands such as the Christian Dior, Guerlain, and Givenchy are standing together in solidarity and “corporate philanthropy”. 

Since earlier this week, these French Perfume Houses have halted perfume production and are busy manufacturing & providing free hydroalcoholic gel hand sanitizer in very large quantities to help the public health authorities, doctors, and nurses on the forefront of the Coronavirus battlefield.

LVMH Perfumes & Cosmetics says “it will continue to honor this commitment for as long as necessary.” This very in-demand hand sanitizer is being delivered to authorities including a network of 39 teaching hospitals treating millions of patients each year.
 

As per Financial Time “This project came together at lightning speed, a mere 72 hours after the French government issued a call to industry on Friday to help fill gaps of key medical supplies as the spread of the virus accelerated. It showed how billionaire Bernard Arnault, who built LVMH into a luxury giant and France’s biggest company, can marshal resources quickly and draw upon informal yet powerful networks of influence.” 

In the United States and worldwide, hand sanitizer has disappeared overnight from the shelves as people hoarded on the stuff or others bought for resale but don’t despair good old fashion soap and water is still the best way to wash our hands! 

There are also homemade recipes to make your own hand sanitizer gel by using aloe vera gel, alcohol solution 70% and a few drops of essential oil for fragrance.

Stay Safe! Stay Well! Stay Home! 

No More “Bise” or Handshake in France


In France, the customary “faire la bise” greeting by kissing on the cheek as well as  “se serrer la main” handshakes have been discouraged as precautionary measures to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus as per French Health Minister Olivier Véran.

To help protect your health and that of others:

  • Wash hands with soaps regularly 
  • Use hand sanitizer 
  • Cough and sneeze in the elbow 
  • Greet others without a handshake, kissing or hugs
  • Use disposable  kleenex
  • Wear a mask when sick
Other safety measures to avoid contamination and/or the spread of the virus include avoiding highly populated public areas and traveling.
 

Resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization 

French Government Coronavirus Info

 

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