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  • 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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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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Our meal was mostly American, sans cranberries. with a French dessert. My Brit husband takes the day off to cook for Thanksgiving. Why do you think cranberries are nearly impossible to find in this country - and until a couple of years ago were illegal? One would think if you can buy cranberry juice, you could buy fresh cranberries here.

My daughter should have talked with you...she desperately wanted to take Thursday off to celebrate Thanksgiving, but as our dinner party was planned for Saturday evening (!), I said no. Perhaps next year I shall reconsider...

We compromised with stuffing rolled in turkey breasts...much easier to fit into the oven and not so many leftovers. Tasty, though, with all of the other traditional fixings.

Sorry to be slow in getting by to see how you's another good story...past and present!

Meilleurs voeux!

Praise be to God for the Rotisseried Turkey! I had to work until 10PM on Thanksgiving (I got off early!) but my husband invited over 15 people for a Thanksgiving dinner/party.

I could French kiss my local butcher and his rotisserie service for making the day easy.

Bisous, Ms. Glaze

ps. I ran by Rue Rude yesterday and thought of you. I didn't know it was an actual street in Paris.

I have been here for 18 years and always managed to have Thanksgiving on Thanksgiving. I even had my father-in-law often say it was the best turkey he ever had! Now I have a B&B near Orléans where I do two Thanksgivings. One on Thanksgiving day and that is always full of French wanting to find out what is really "Thanksgiving". And I think also to find out if an American could really cook. The second Thanksgiving is for the Americans living in France and is a week- end event. Now with internet I have no idea how to get the word out. Any ideas?

Hi Kristi! I actually wrote about you-- I think it was you-- once on Rue Rude (in the comments on this post:

I don't know about the internet-- you could try putting ads in the American womens' groups' publications or write on blog posts like this one. Even better would be perhaps to write an article for free in the Paris Voice. Good luck! I know you're a good cook!

Thanks, I am in a couple of the American women's catalogs but I was too late for the rest. I am trying to find more newsletters and blogs. Not only are they fun to read but very helpful!
I tried to find what you wrote and couldn't paste/copy. If I look in the archives which month?

9 Feb 06 (in the comments)!

I am still doing two Thanksgivings. This year the one for the locals is Thursday November 26, followed by one on Saturday for those who are staying at my B&B. Here is some info:

Thanksgiving in the French Countryside November 27, 28, 29 2009
The sixth annual Thanksgiving at our Bed and Breakfast in Sologne. Just 90 minutes south of Paris, 15 minutes from Chambord, golf course and wineries.
Arrive Friday evening and enjoy a typical French game dinner. After breakfast Saturday feel free to explore our corner of the world or just curl up by the fire. But be back at 7pm for our traditional Thanksgiving dinner.
Breakfast Sunday is at your leisure as is your day. If the weather permits take our bikes and discover the forest that is at our doorstep or look for that treasure in one of the numerous flea markets
Prices start at 185euros for the weekend.
For further information : Kristi Anderson
. And, don’t forget to check out my blog for what is happening in Sologne Loire Valley.

Kristi Anderson
Saint Jacques – Le Coin Perdu
15, place de l’église
45240 Ligny le Ribault
[email protected]
French blog :

I don't normally support advertising on my blog, but having met Kristi (who used to run an English bookstore in Paris), I am more than happy to vouch for her!

Thanks for vouching!! Both Thanksgivings were a hit. There were 32 French for the Thursday one and 12 for the American one on Saturday. And we were a real mix for
Saturday, Irish, Algerian, Indian (from India!), French and just 3 Americans!

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

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