Bonjour, un café, S’il Vous Plait!


"Bonjour, un café, s'il vous plaît!" Growing up in France, good manners, politeness, and étiquette is a way of life or savoir-vivre dating back to the noblesse and bourgeoisie. In terms of politeness at home and especially in public, little magic polite words like thank you merci, and please or if you please, s'il vous … Continue reading Bonjour, un café, S’il Vous Plait!

The Art of French Gift-Giving


There is an art of gift-giving in France,  faire un cadeau is an exquisite art built in the French lifestyle, etiquette, and savoir-vivre. For example, it is still considered lacking manners to show up at someone's house as a guest "Les mains vides" or empty-handed without a little something to bring for the hostess: a bouquet … Continue reading The Art of French Gift-Giving