The French Riviera, in the south of France along the coast of the Mediterranean, is easily one of the most beautiful areas in all of Europe. There’s a reason this stretch of coast line draws millions of tourists every single year.
One of the more exciting adventures in the French Riviera is taking the opportunity to sail along the coast. A sunny day in the middle of August can’t be beat. The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and Continue reading ‘Sailing Through the Waters of the French Riviera.’
It probably isn’t terribly surprising to learn that what you can find on French television greatly differs from what you might be used to on DIRECT TV. However, some truly bizarre (at least from American standards) and fascinating stuff can be found on French programming, and you don’t even have to really look that hard.
French television programming has often been characterized and described as subtle, minimalist and expressive. The decidedly “French” style of storytelling relies more heavily on emotional queues inherent to the action of the characters rather than expository dialogue. You the audience really aren’t given a whole lot of instruction when it comes to approaching these stories.
To many Westerners, this form of storytelling is almost too distant and unapproachable, creating a sense of tension that greatly outweighs the intrigue. However, in a culture that values art in its various forms, television is just another genre and another medium. They craft elaborate programs and stories that are largely open to interpretation with no unifying theory.
If you have the chance to check out a piece of French television or cinema, you ought to give it a try. It might not be for you, but at least you can see what the other side is like.
One of the main ingredients in French cooking is the crepe. Although there is usually a basic crepe batter recipe which can be found in any cookbook or on the Internet, the fillings and toppings are what make the dish. The French have crepes as a snack during the day or as part of a dish during a meal. There are two forms of the basic recipe to be found. One is made with white flour and is usually used in desserts. This one is called a crepe. And the other Continue reading ‘French Crepes that Make Your Mouth Melt.’
France offers an array of exquisite dining options made for those with a fancy for gourmet foods. With such intricate ingredients and directions, finding a recipe that could be made from home can prove to be difficult, without a little bit of tweaking. With a little patience, you’ll be able to create your own dinner from a recipe that is sure to please those around you.
France is known for their heavy gourmet sauces that can take any meal Continue reading ‘Recipes from France That Are Sure to Please.’
In America the idea of exercise is that it must be this marathon session of painful work; an explosion of torture that leaves you feeling shaky and exhausted. The French idea of exercise though is to alter your daily routine and to fill your day with lesser activity that, by the time you’re in for the night, will add up to just as much, if not more, than a session at the gym.
For instance, look at your day and ask where you can do more walking. Do you Continue reading ‘Stay In Shape. Exercise Like the French.’
Thanks to the size of this unique planet, there are thousands of cultures spread all over the continents. Each culture and region has their own way of doing things from eating to dating or marriage. In some parts of the world women serve the men before they eat and in some places those roles are reversed. The same differences come into play with the subject of love. However, the French seem to have cornered the market Continue reading ‘It’s Amore’! The French Way to Find Romance.’
You want to be sure you are following the correct rules of etiquette while in France, especially while dining there.
If dining at someone’s home in France, being fashionably late is appreciated. The French do not wish to see you early as they are using that time to finish their meal preparations. Be on time or a few minutes late. Also, you should not show up empty handed. You want to take the hostess some small gift, such as a bottle of wine.
If in a restaurant, do not ask for a menu item to be altered, Continue reading ‘Eat like you’re In France. French Etiquette Tips.’