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French woman in English Canada.

Looking for comrades to start a revolution.

In the meantime, I write stories, explore cultures and travel. You know, the usual.

French Food

France is probably most famous for its "viennoiseries" -- sweet pastries. The croissant, of course, and also the pain au chocolat (sweet bread with a thin chocolate bar wrapped in the middle). Oh...

An Elephant In My Castle

Of course, we were both a bit tired after spending almost two days in Montreal airport. That probably explained why my bank card was swallowed at the first ATM I used and why we didn't notice we were...

Multiculturalism (7/10)

Granted, these pictures mostly depict Chinatown... well, we all have our favorite neighborhood, right? But the country is truly diverse: traditional Chinatowns and Little Italy area can be found...

And The Winners Are…

It's time to announce the winners of The Tricky Questions Contest! First of all, thanks to all of you who participated. I had to moderate the comments for a while because some smart English guy...

Stuck In A Moment

But my most memorable "wrong place / wrong time" experience took place in 2001. Most people remember 9/11 very clearly. I remember October 7th, when the war started.

The Animals Kingdom (6/10)

Granted, when it comes to dangerous and weird animals, Australia is probably number one (I will never forget driving at dusk in Alice Spring... bloody kangaroos!). But Canada, with its huge land mass...

Sweet Tooth (5/10)

Yes, Canadian treats. Good. Sweet stuffs to help us survive harsh winter. Just have a look at that! Beaver tails that are also a typical piece of Canadian-ism, although popular everywhere in North...

Snowy Scarves

As you can maybe tell by the layout of my blog, I love colors and patterns, so I often take close-up of goods on display in markets: food, veggies, clothes and yes, scarves. I loved the mix of snow...

Things That Suck

Has anyone ever bought something from a telemarketer? Enlighten me! If someone calls to ask if you need to replace your windows, what are the chances that are gonna go: "absolutely sir, that's...

Woman On Top

On Saturday, I took a walk on Parliament Hill, downtown Ottawa, and decided to go up in the Peace Tower. At 300 feet (almost 100 m) tall, the tower was built to commemorate the end of WW1.

The Hugeness (4/10)

Unless you're from Russia or China, you will probably feel that Canada is a pretty big place. And if you're from Russia, please let's not argue about the Northwest Passage -- it's not like we can...

One… Spider Taking Over The City!

My English chum, Graham, is currently hosting a Photo hunt at One Man's Travel Blog. The theme of the month is "One" and here is... one major threat to the city of Ottawa, the one thing that could...

The Amazing Race

His platform what somewhat unclear but included the "No Child Left Behind Act" ("Rarely is the question asked, is our children learning?", he wondered), no nation building ("I don't think our troops...

French And English (3/10)

The province of Quebec's official language is French, and the province of New-Brunswick is officially bilingual. For the other provinces and territories, it's a bit of a grey area... English is most...

Supper’s Ready

Do you know why I'm not a perfect woman? No, it's not -- only -- because I like muffins (a lot). It's a much deeper secret. Still don't know?

Let me put in simply. I'm French. And I'm a lousy cook.

Call Me (Not), Part II

I swear that’s the last time I fill in for the receptionist. I’m a bloody French teacher. NOT a receptionist. And if the woman can’t even remember if she’s supposed to be in a group or a private...

Hockey (2/10)

One of the reason we can stand the cold weather and long winters is... hockey, Canada's national sport. Think soccer for Brazil, NFL football for the US or cricket for India. That popular. Hockey is...

The Tipping Dilemma

So, 15% of $30... is...

No, I'm not calculating my Adsense revenues (that would be easy: $1 + 0.50¢ = $1.50... last time I checked!). I'm experiencing tipping-related stress. Don't laugh: it's common.