HOW TO SURVIVE THE FRENCH CAR POUND

August 20, 2017

A dinner party at Bellevue ends badly for one guest when she discovers her car had been towed. French Lessons welcomes our friend Rachael as this summer’s guest contributor with her wrenching-but-hilarious tale about retrieving her car from Antibes’ miserable pound.

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Rosé Wine: Provence’s Most Alluring Angel

August 8, 2017

Rosé wine is as pivotal to a Côte d’Azur summer as its glorious sunshine. French Lessons gladly joins a special tour of Château d’Esclans, one of Provence’s shining stars in rosé production. Walk with us through this celebrated estate, and join us for lunch in its fairytale gardens.

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A Starbucks-Shaped Hole in the Côte d’Azur

July 28, 2017

The sudden appearance of Starbucks in Cannes tosses French Lessons back to its earliest days in the Côte d’Azur when, craving caffeine, we searched for a takeaway latte. French culture, however, didn’t embrace the grown-up sippy cup. As a mid-summer celebration, here’s a first glimpse at the big Work-In-Progress.

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How Food Spices Up la Langue Française

July 17, 2017

A trip to the shoe store tells me – to put it the French way – that my daughter soon will eat soup off my head. It’s a startling idea, even without the soup. A velvety potage is one of many ways that French food spices up its mother tongue.

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Ten Ways You Know You’re in the South of France

July 5, 2017

Flourishing figs and the radio’s startling stories. Our pooch’s newly elevated lifestyle, and the famous French bise. They’re all simple, run-of-the-mill pieces of a Côte d’Azur day. . . and yet. We’re summertime regulars, and these ten quirks still catch me out.

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The Côte d’Azur: Our Ritual Return

June 27, 2017

You’d think that by now, after nearly 12 years owning the same home in the South of France, we’d have our annual summer return down pat. Bellevue’s air-conditioner would blow steadily. The WIFI would stand at the ready, and the rosé would sit on ice. How silly we are.

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Grab Bag: Bizarre Summer in the Côte d’Azur

September 3, 2016

Security angst and the burkini make the Côte d’Azur’s Summer of 2016 go down in the record books as being truly bizarre. Of course there were bright spots, too: C’est la France! Enjoy our end-of-season grab bag to close out French Lessons’ tenth season running.

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Doctors’ Corner: A Pain in the Shoulder

August 27, 2016

Debilitating shoulder pain has brought us into conversation with the area’s – and the world’s – survivors, experts and sympathizers. From magnets to gels, exercises to injections, and a machine called nothing less than LIFE itself, we catalogue – French Lessons-style – an amusing (if painful) series of summer advice.

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Photo Essay: Life Aboard a Megayacht

August 19, 2016

What’s the most dazzling thing about the Côte d’Azur? It must be the ultra-swish megayachts anchoring in its sun-drenched, Mediterranean bays. French Lessons invites you onboard one of these floating palaces to holiday with us – or at least to glimpse the bits we can share.

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Working for French Unemployment Benefits

August 12, 2016

In the recent theatre of French labour protests, the world watched the country’s unemployment woes unfurl into the streets – but what about the unemployed themselves? In typical French Lessons fashion, Jo shares with us – up close and personal – how tough it can be to draw the benefits.

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Style: Yoko Heads to a French Groomer

August 5, 2016

Securing a rendez-vous with a dog groomer in the Côte d’Azur summertime is harder than it ought to be. But French Lessons eventually uncovers an available spot at a local salon de toilettage – and a delightful woman who gives Yoko her first haircut à la française.

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MIDSUMMER GRAB BAG: SECURITY IN THE SPOTLIGHT

July 29, 2016

As French Lessons treads into the middle of the Côte d’Azur’s acclaimed summer season, we pause, catch our breath, and revel in a jumble of what makes the French Riviera so dazzling, so bewitching. But spoken or not this summer, one topic seems to cut through all the fun.

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