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French Summer

Our 2010 trip to France, with a sidetrip to London, U.K.

The London Eye

The last time I was in London, not including multiples transfers at Heathrow airport, was in 1998. I had never seen the London Eye, the giant Ferris wheel set up in the capital to celebrate the...

Crêpes Dinner in Nantes

Crêpes are Brittany's specialty and crêperies can be found everywhere in Nantes. These very thin pancakes are made from flour, eggs, milk, butter, and a pinch of salt. Normally, crêpes are slightly...

Thanks for the Party… Eh!

Happy birthday Canada... from London! That's right: from France, we took the Eurostar (more on that later) and are now in London for a few days. And this afternoon, we stumbled upon the Canada Day...

A French Market

There are two big markets a week in Nantes, and they are both very busy. French do love food after all. Fruits and vegetables are not always cheaper than at the supermarket but people have their...

A French Castle

We all have pick-up lines -- mine was that I grew up nearby a castle. You know, so that North Americans could fantasize about my "oh-so-French" background. Nah, just kidding. It's just that Nantes...

A French Protest

Contrary to popular belief, French generally don't just demonstrate for the sake of it. However, if protests have a main focus point, they also embrace a few broader issues or concerns. Case in...

The French and the World Cup

In case you didn't know it, France is out. Dehors, rien à voir. The country which won the World Cup in 1998 was eliminated very early in this year's World Cup. French don't seem surprised nor...

Palais de Justice

"Justice palace", this is how French call courthouses. The junior high/ high school I attended for 6 years from age 12 to 18 was located in the center of Nantes, stuck between the main courthouse...

On The Way To France

It may only be 6:23 (!) to go from Montréal to Paris, but the total trip was closer to 24 hours. We left Ottawa Saturday afternoon and took the Greyhound to Montréal. The bus was almost empty and we...

Going To…

We are on our way to France and will stay in Europe until July 31 st. I haven't spent a summer in France since 2003 -- at the time, I was coming back from Australia and New-Zealand and I spent the...