French Word Vachement

The French word vachement means EXTREMELY, VERY or TRULY

French word vachement means TRULYVache is the French word for COW,so using the French word VACHEMENT makes you think you’re saying, “Cowly!” — but in fact, it’s quite different.

The word vachement really made me scratch my head when I first heard it and read it.

It also made me smile — a lot — and it’s a great little French adverb I now use ALL the time :-)

It works equally well with adjectives (descriptors) and verbs (“doing” words”).

 

“Il fait beau!” (translated to “It’s a beautiful day!”) becomes even better when you say:

  • “Il fait vachement beau!” which translates to “It’s a VERY beautiful day!”

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Postcards from Paris February 2016

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Today’s Postcards from Paris

Walk with me as I look for Petit Dejeuner (breakfast) on a Sunday morning in September

I’ve just created a video of one of my Sunday mornings in gai Paree last September – here we go – walk with me?


The heart of Paris beats strong and is filled with love

Paris is alive and well, beautiful, exciting, filled with history, wondrous places, faces, things to do and see … and still holds my heart firmly in her hands :-)

After my visit in September, I was filled to overflowing with my Parisian-ness and basked in the glow of the love and friendships cemented for another year — in person rather than across the miles.

Postcards from Paris - Je Suis ParisWhen the bombings happened not long after I returned to Australia, I was stunned and shocked like the rest of the world.

I immediately reached out to all the folks I knew in Paris and other parts of France to make sure everyone and their loved ones were safe and sound.  It was a dreadfully stressful time for those I knew in Paris, and the weeks and months since have been hard for them still in so many ways.

To the brave and courageous Parisians, I say BRAVO! You showed strength in the face of adversity, through dreadful events that no-one should witness or be part of, and you are all in my thoughts every day.

I must admit I found it hard to write about Paris for quite a long time as everything I wanted to say or share somehow sounded frivolous, and that was the last thing I wanted it to be.

Today I feel like my heart has healed a little bit, and I wanted to reach out and say the Parisians are strong, but their hearts are still hurting too — we must continue to visit this beautiful city, not be afraid to travel, to experience life.

Meeting people in Paris is one of the all-time favourite things I love to do — shopkeepers, cafe staff, waiters, chefs, department store staff, people waiting for buses and taxis — I love to talk to everyone — it makes me feel more like I live there, and to feel part of a community when I’m there for a month or so, and it is all of these brave folks who are waiting for us to come back and embrace Paris again.

I’ll be there to see you in September 2016, Paris!
I promise!

I hope to see you there too if you can make it!


 

This video is fantastic! I just found it online and it’s captured the heart and soul of Paris — do you like it too??


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Points of interest:

Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe (video):

 


The European Independent Film Festival 2016

Oh I wish I was going to be there for this event!!!

When:  8th, 9th and 10th of April 2016

Where:  at the Cinema 7 Parnassiens, 75014 Paris

BE WARNED! When you go to the website, there is a huge video on “autoplay” and it took me forever to find out how to turn it OFF. Here’s the button I finally found:

Postcards from Paris - European Independent Film Festival

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This wonderful event is often referred to as the European equivalent of the Sundance Film Festival in the USA.

There’ll be films / features, shorts, documentaries, animated and student films and much more. There are 14 categories for 25 awards, including the prestigious title of ‘Best European Independent Film 2016’.

Attendees can watch film screenings as well as participate in various workshops including scriptwriting, editing and directing, and the ‘Meet-the-Directors’ discussions. A full program of live music is also being hosted by ÉCU’s partner Access Film-Music.

Do let me know if you do — I’d love hear what you think about this — send me an email via the site, or pop over to Facebook etc :-)


Do you like a bit of comedy?

Here is English comedian Richard Ayoade and Mel Giedroyc spending 48 hours in Paris — very clever, loved it!


 

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these little slices of Paris, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Waving madly across the miles!

Ciao ciao for now, a bientot!

Teena!

(Back in Australia on the little island off the east coast)


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French Love Phrases in Songs 001

French Love Phrases in Songs

Today’s French love phrases can be found in a fabulous song “l’Amour et Moi” by Jenifer.

“l’Amour et Moi” translates into “Love and I”.

The video shows:

  1. English subtitles at the top of the screen with
  2. French words below.

Please click the video to listen and learn this delightful French song:

 

French version:

found on:  http://lyricstranslate.com/en/lamour-et-moi-love-and-i.html

L’Amour et Moi

Je me fous des princes charmants
Leurs promesses je les oublie
Ces voleurs de sentiments
Au petit matin ils s’enfuient
Oh oh

Je parie sur les amants
Quand vient le printemps a Paris
Les mariés sont moins marrant
Ils te menottent à leurs vies
Ohoh

L’amour et moi ça fait deux
Ne tombez pas amoureux
L’amour et moi ce n’est qu’un triste jeu
Ne tomber pas amoureux
Envie d’entendre tout ce qu’il ne dit pas
Envie de bras chauds sous mes draps froids
L’amour et moi ça fait deux
Ne tombez pas amoureux
Ohohoh…

Mes amis sont des amants
Ils ne volent que mes envies
Les mariés trop exigeants
Avec le temps ils m’ennuient
Ohoh
Les mariés sont moins marrants
Ils te menottent à leurs vies
Je me lasse de ces amants
Ils ne t’aiment que pour la nuit
Ohoh

L’amour et moi ça fait deux
Ne tombez pas amoureux
L’amour et moi ce n’est qu’un triste jeu
Ne tomber pas amoureux
Envie d’entendre tout ce qu’il ne dit pas
Envie de bras chauds sous mes draps froids
L’amour et moi ça fait deux
Ne tombez pas amoureux
Ohohoh…

L’amour et moi sa fait deux
Ne tomber pas amoureux

L’amour et moi sa fait deux
Ne tomber pas amoureux

Ne tombez pas amoureux

English Translation:

http://lyricstranslate.com/en/lamour-et-moi-love-and-i.html

Love and I

I don’t care about delightful princes
I forget their promises
These feelings thieves
They escape at early morning
Oh oh

I bet on lovers
When spring comes in Paris
Married people are less funny
They handcuff you to their lives
Oh oh

Love and I don’t go together
Don’t fall in love
Love and I is just a sad game
Itch of hearing everything which it doesn’t tell
Itch of warm arms under my cold sheets
Love and I don’t go together
Don’t fall in love
Ohohoh…

My friends are lovers
They only steel my desires
Too much demanding married people
They are bored in time
Ohoh
Married are less funny
They handcuff you to their lives
I get tired of these lovers
They only love you for night
Ohoh

Love and I don’t go together
Don’t fall in love
Love and I is just a sad game
Itch of hearing everything which it doesn’t tell
Itch of warm arms under my cold sheets
Love and I don’t go together
Don’t fall in love
Ohohoh…

Love and I don’t go together
Don’t fall in love

Love and I don’t go together
Don’t fall in love

Don’t fall in love

 

Your Say About French Love Phrases

Do you have any favourite French songs or movies you’d like to share?

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Postcards from Paris — Happy New Year 2016!

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Today’s Postcards from Paris is full of champagne!

Bonne Annee! Happy New Year!

 

big hugs,

Teena! xxx

 


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I hope you’ve enjoyed these little slices of Paris, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Waving madly across the miles!

Ciao ciao for now, a bientot!

Teena!

(Back in Australia on the little island off the east coast)


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Postcards from Paris – Merry Christmas 2015!

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Today’s Postcards from Paris is full of cheer!

 

Joyeux Noel et Bonne Annee!

Thank you for loving Paris as much as I do, for reading my words, following my travels and adventures in the City of Light and Love!

 

I hope you have an incredible Yuletide, Chrismas, Holiday Season and may the New Year be filled with love, laughter, adventure and success.

From my home to yours, Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

big hugs,

Teena! xxx

 


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Points of interest:

 

 

 


 

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I hope you’ve enjoyed these little slices of Paris, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Waving madly across the miles!

Ciao ciao for now, a bientot!

Teena!

(Back in Australia on the little island off the east coast)


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Haberdashery shops in Paris

Haberdashery shops in Paris sell mercerie (the French word for haberdashery).

You can find a wonderful selection of haberdashery in Paris, from the fabric district to the suburbs, it’s just a matter of putting aside some time to explore them :-)

75003 – laMercerieParisienne.com

What a wonderful selection of buttons and trimmings! If you’d like to look at a gorgeous store, pop over to the Marais:

 

Haberdashery shops in Paris - La Mercerie Parisienne

More Haberdashery shops in Paris

Ultramod
Notions Store
14 Rue Monsigny
+33 1 42 96 98 30
Open until 6:00 pm

Sajou
Quilt Shop
47 Rue du Caire
+33 1 42 33 42 66
Open until 7:00 pm

Entrée des Fournisseurs
Notions Store
8 Rue des Francs Bourgeois
+33 1 48 87 58 98
Open until 7:00 pm

La Croix et la Manière
Fabric Store
36 Rue Faidherbe
+33 1 43 72 99 09
Opens at 12:00 pm

Le Bon Marché
$$$ · Department Store
24 Rue de Sèvres
+33 1 44 39 80 00
Open until 8:00 pm

Anna Ka Bazaar
Fabric Store
16 Rue Keller
+33 1 84 06 19 24
Opens at 11:00 am

Postcards from Paris 20 September 2015

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It’s a beautiful day in Paris today! I’ll be heading out shortly for the wonderful Barge Cruise which I love to experience each time I’m in Paris — it takes 2.5 hours, and there is a choice of morning or afternoon, so I’ve decided on the 2:30pm Cruise to show my client another side of Paris in a leisurely, relaxed way – woohoo!

I’ve been having an amazing time with my client these past few days, she has flown half way round the world to be part of one of my Adventures, and we’ve been having the best time!

Coming to a foreign country where you don’t speak the language can feel like a very large, nervous step to take, but once you’re in Paris, you’ll find so many French people who will speak English withyou. that you’ll feel at home in no time :-)

 


If you use Facebook, you might like to pop over and see what I’ve been posting — photos and videos!

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If you’re not a Facebook person, here’s a quick snapshot for you:

PostcArds from Paris Facebook photos


 

I’ve also been making some videos, so here is one to watch while I upload the others :-)


 

Here are some little articles I’ve written since I’ve arrived in Paris:

  1. LOCATIONS : Ave de la Republique, Paris
  2. COFFEE : Cafe Thank You My Deer in the 11th arrondissement
  3. FOOD : West Country Girl Crepes in Paris 75011
  4. FOOD : Le Chat Gourmand patisserie and lunch bar in 75011 Paris
  5. COMFORT : An easy way to find public toilets in Paris
  6. ART : Art Exhibitions in Paris in Autumn 2015

Postcards from Paris - other things to do

Questions about Paris for September 2015

“Teena, what’s the weather been like?”

Great question! I usually visit in summer so I wasn’t sure  how quickly it would turn to autumn, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised:

  • I have not worn a coat
  • I have worn scarves every day, and if I get too warm in a store or cafe, I simply remove the scarf
  • I have mostly worn one long-sleeve item each day, and I haven’t needed multiple layers of long sleeves … yet!
  • I have worn either short-sleeved or sleeveless tops under my long-sleeved top
  • temperatures have been around 18-20degC during the day
  • I have used my umbrella a few times, and it’s a very small fold-up one so it stays in a plastic bag inside my handbag;  so if it’s wet, and I go into a cafe etc, I can put it in the plastic bag and NOT leave it behind when I leave :-)

“Teena, what’s different since the last time you were there?”

  • There’s a tram! It’s been here about two years and works around the outskirts (the “peripherique”/periphery) of Paris.
  • So many people want to speak English! Waiters, staff in stores, EVERYwhere! No more excuses about French people not speaking English, dust off your passport and suitcase and come on over :-)
  • In the past two weeks I have met so many kind, helpful, wonderful French people that it’s almost overwhelming! From taxi drivers (Bonjour Bernard!), to waiters and waitresses, sales people in stores of all kinds (Bonjour Ariella, Silvina, Marion, Warda!) , people on the street who answer my questions, a gorgeous woman I met at a bus stop when the buses were running hours late (because of a “manifestation” / public strike) who had a drink with me and my client while we all waited in a local cafe (BONJOUR CHRISTINE!)
  • There will be lots more things to add to this list, but that’ll do for a Sunday morning when I haven’t had coffee yet!

 

Here is one of my favourite travel videos to keep you smiling :-)

A fantastic in-flight one from Virgin:


I’m heading to the Barge Cruise very soon, so I’ll say AU REVOIR and CHEERIO for now :-)

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ciao ciao for now,

Teena!

Intrepid Traveller visiting Paris from Australia!


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Art Exhibitions in Paris in Autumn 2015

Which Art Exhibitions in Paris?

Art Exhibitions in Paris in Autumn Automne 2015

There is always a huge choice of exhibitions in Paris, so here are a few to keep you busy.

  1. 7 october 2015 to 29 february 2016 – Picassomania at the Grand Palais – http://www.grandpalais.fr
  2. 30 september 2015 to 15 february 2016 – Wifredo Lam at the Pompidou Centre – https://www.centrepompidou.fr
  3. 8 september 2015 to 31 janvier 2016 – Osiris, mystery of Egypte at the Institut du monde arabe – http://www.imarabe.org/exposition/osiris-mysteres-engloutis-d-egypte

I’m still researching, so will add more Art Exhibitions in Paris as I locate them :-)

An easy way to find public toilets in Paris

I met a couple on the flight to Paris the other day, and the husband told me the one thing which bugged him about visiting Paris was “not being able to find toilets”.

An easy way to find public toilets in Paris

I gave him a few tips — and thought I’d share them with you too :-)

How to find public toilets in Paris

Here are the easiest ways:

  • find a McDonalds, go in and try the door – if it needs a code, ask for one
  • find a Starbucks, go in and try the door – if it needs a code, ask for one
  • look out for any number of public toilets to be found in the streets and parks of Paris, you may need coins to open the door
  • go into any cafe, bistro, brasserie and look for a toilet, or a set of stairs going down with a sign anywhere saying “Toilette”;  if you can’t find one, ask to use the toilet in you most polite way — you may be asked to buy a drink, and say, “Of course — bien sur!
  • if you still can’t find one, go into any shop and ask, “Ou se trouve les toilettes, s’il vous plait?” which means, “Where can I find the toilets, please?”

Lots of cafe and restaurant toilets do not have seats – do NOT freak out

I know, I know — this sounds awful — but really, let me explain.

public toilets in Paris may not have seats

 

There are millions of tourists in Paris every week, and they all need to find toilets.

We expect the toilets to be kept clean, and that requires a LOT of work on the part of the locals.

By using well-designed toilets which do NOT need seats, and are very comfortable, the need to keep cleaning smelly toilet seas has been removed.

You can easily wipe the toilet before you sit down, and please — understand this is NORMAL in Paris, so don’t be snotty or mean about it, just get used to it, OK? Great :-)

To all you folks from America and other places which don’t normally use the word “toilet” and instead use the word “bathroom”, you’ll need to start saying “toilette”.

If you ask for a “bathroom”, the French person may think you want to go home with them — and will understandably be a little wary of agreeing to this without actually knowing you :-)

Le Chat Gourmand patisserie and lunch bar in 75011 Paris

Today I popped into a little patisserie/lunch bar in Rue Saint Maur in the 11th arrondissement, which is owned by chef Alain (who loves cats, hence the name “The Greedy Cat” / Le Chat Gourmand).

Le Chat Gourmand patisserie and lunch bar in 75011 Paris

Everything is made fresh by Alain, from baguette sandwiches with delicious fillings, to home-made quiches, fresh salads (carrottes rapées = shredded carrot, epinards – spinach, etc), tasty pasta and much more).

If you’d like your quiche etc heated, not a problem.

The menu is a “Formule” (a “set menu”):

  • 1 x dish, 1 x salad, 1 x dessert or drink = 9,00 €

 

The prices are very reasonable, the food is fresh and delicious — eat in, or take away — yum!

If you’re in the 11th on or near Rue Saint Maur, do pop in and say Teena sent you :-)

Alain is a charming guy with a great personality, singing along to great songs on the radio, dancing a bit when and if required, always welcomes you with a big smile and a friendly “Hello!” :-)

PS — ask for a Carte de Fidélité (a Loyalty Card) – after 10 purchases you get ONE MEAL FREE!

Cafe/Restaurant: Le Chat Gourmand (The Greedy Cat)

63 Rue Saint Maur, 75011 Paris, France

Tel:  01 48 06 18 94

Metro: Rue Saint-Maur / Saint-Ambroise

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Le Chat Gourmand lunch bar in the 11th arrondissement

West Country Girl Crepes in Paris 75011

West Country Girl Crepes in Paris 75011

West Country Girl creperie is a local restaurant in Paris

There are so many great eateries in the 11th arrondissement, and I decided to try out this one for  dinner.

In a little side street called Passage Saint-Ambroise, this is the only foodie place in the entire street, making it easy to find. The menu is small, but boasts all quality local ingredients, and it looked very warm and inviting.

If you’re nervous about speaking French, don’t be — the servers also speak English :-)

I ordered a mixed salad (which generally means a green salad of lettuces and a dressing) for €3.

For a main course, I decided to try the Champignon, Chevre et ciboulette crepe, which is a Mushroom, creamy Goat’s cheese and chives for around €8.

Normally crepes are served with cider, but this little resto has all kinds of alcohol available. I went with a traditional cider for €3 a glass, which was delicious — the choices were a sweet cider or a very, very dry one. After tasting the dry one, I opted for the more regular sweeter one – t turned out to be an excellent choice.

West Country Girl crepes and cider in 75011

Everything was tasty, and perfect for a very light meal; you may need a few more crepes to fill you up for dinner :-)

Ambiance was great, lots of laughter from the guests, great music, terrific vibe. If you’re in the area, it’s worth a visit.

Cafe/Restaurant: West Country Girl

6 Passage Saint-Ambroise, 75011 Paris, France

Metro: Rue Saint-Maur / Saint-Ambroise

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Cafe Thank You My Deer in the 11th arrondissement

Cafe Thank You My Deer is a real find, located in the 11th arrondissement 75011 of Paris

Today I was walking along Rue Saint-Maur and almost walked past this little café, but the blackboard sign outside made me want to go in :-)

The girls here are from Slovakia, Italy and Mexico, and offer gluten-free delights as treats or lunch (closed for dinner).

After chatting with the Barista to see how they make their coffees, I ordered a double-shot latte and was really, truly pleasantly surprised! Made with arabica beans, real fresh milk (not long-life milk like the average French cafe) and tasted great! Woohoo!

Do drop by and have a look if you’re in the area — their menu is fresh and sounds delicious.

Cafe:  THANK YOU MY DEER

Located at: 112 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris

Open:  8:00am to 6:00pm

Update: 9 Sept 2015

I popped back to this café this morning for “P’tit Dej” (Petite Dejeuner = breakfast), where there’s a variety of gluten-free muffins and and cakes, home made granola, and eggs – yum!

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