Maîtres mots

  • Il y a longtemps que notre pays est beau mais rude.

       --Newspaper editor Olivier Séguret, 25 January 2012

    The USA are entirely the creation of the accursed race, the French.

       --Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), writing to Nancy Mitford, 22 May 1957

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French Freedom of Speech

Today the cheminots are:

  • "À nous de vous faire préférer le train!"
    "Voyager autrement"
    "Avec le SNCF, tout est possible"
      --Former ad slogans of the SNCF (French national trains), each in turn quickly dropped

Fun French words

  • ouistiti

    (literally: marmoset)
    Etymology: onomatopoeia from the sound a marmoset makes. Actual meaning: this is what you say in France when you want people to smile for the camera.

    Selon une étude réalisée par le fabricant d’appareils photo Nikon, le « ouistiti » utilisé en France au moment de se faire prendre en photo est le petit mot le plus efficace pour s’assurer un joli sourire.

Who's en colère today?

  • Private sector

    First strike in 43 years at an aeronautics company in Toulouse, Latécoère

    Public sector

    The SNCF (toujours eux), regional train employees in the Lyons area guaranteeing unpleasant travel from the 17th-21st December
    Also yet another strike by Sud-Rail, a particularly truculent SNCF union in the south of France, this time five days in January: 6,7, 21, 22 and 23. "We have no choice." Right.

    Marseilles trams on strike until February

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Wow, WELL DONE! :) I am simply in awe!!!


This isn't a comment, only a note to you. I just wanted to tell you that since I have stumbled upon your blog (who knows how one surfs to any given location on the web?), I have enjoyed reading how much you enjoy France. It is a pleasure, and I've learned so much! I have never been a (how do they call it?) a Francophile, but your writing has made me question my assumptions.

The pictures that you include in your posts are wonderful - I especially have enjoyed your stories about museums and little history lessons.

Take care,


PS: I am so sorry to hear of your friend's husband's death in Iraq. Such a terrible, terrible thing to endure. My heart aches to know it.

Hi, I just stumbled across your blog, and I too am from and live in Louisiana. I am in Lafayette, but just returned from Paris. My husband and I went for New Year's. His first time. He loved it as much as I always have.

I was curious, where are you from here? and do you come back much. I haven't read much of your history here... sorry... We would love to move to France, and are looking and thinking at the moment. I hope to hear back from you.

Best wishes for the new year,

From Sedulia:

Hi Jacqueline! I do go back to Louisiana every year. I was in Lafayette a couple of years ago. I wonder if it has changed a lot since the hurricanes-- I read a lot of people evacuated there. Will the New Orleanians stay in Lafayette?

I hope you had a good time in Paris.

Sedulia --
I haven't been up to my usual blogging self much - just gave birth...exhausted...

But stopped by just to see what's up at Rue Rude.

From one Louisiana native to another: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

From Sedulia:

Thanks, and Happy New Year yourself. No one expects a brand new mother to do much blogging-- give yourself a break. And sleep when the baby sleeps!

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Today's quotation

  • In Paris, the purest virtue is the object of the filthiest slander.

      –Honoré Balzac (1799-1850), in Scènes de la vie privée

    À Paris, la vertu la plus pure est l'objet des plus sales calomnies.

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