Serial software entrepreneur, writer, French to English translator, mother, and lover of: books, travel, history, cultures, art, cooking, fitness, nature.

Oscars 2021, 5 Acclaimed Films from the Francophone World

The Man Who Sold His Skin

One of the things I like best about the Academy Awards has nothing to do with discovering which blockbuster will win Best Picture. I find the actual award ceremony, where glamorous celebrities parade to center stage to deliver their well-rehearsed speeches, only mildly entertaining. Rather, the thing I appreciate most…

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Jeanne Barret, First Woman to Sail Around the World

Le Passage de Venus, Tome 1

As with so many notable women from history, when you first learn their story, you wonder why you’ve never heard of them before. For me, this was the case with Jeanne Barret who, in 1766, embarked upon a journey that would eventually circumnavigate the globe. At the time, it was…

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Read-Along, The Archipelago of Another Life, Bestselling French Fiction

Russian forest by Alexandrovsky

Over the next 8 weeks, I’ll be joining fellow blogger, Emma from Words And Peace, as we read a work of contemporary French fiction, L’Archipel d’une autre vie, by Andreï Makine (released in 2016). The book is also available in English, The Archipelago of Another Life, translated by Geoffrey Strachan.…

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March Potpourri: Tableaux, Toasts, Trees, and Uplifting Tales

Focus Image Brusseler

Throughout the month I come across a fair number of francophile-related articles, blogs, images, books, or videos that I’d like to share with readers. I’ve combined this potpourri of news items into a single post. Below are some of the gems from March. However, if you only have time for one…

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Fiction that Enlightens: Learning Something Adds to the Enjoyment

Oleanders and Books, Van Gogh

For many years, I avoided reading fiction. The world is vast and there is so much to know that I just couldn’t justify reading a novel. In addition, there are so many talented journalists-turned-author that it’s easy to find nonfiction on almost any subject that grabs and holds your attention—history,…

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On the Trail of the Golden Owl, Lucrative Quest or Wild-Goose-Chase?

In April of 1993, a man calling himself Max Valentin, buried a bronze replica of a golden statue said to be worth 1 million French francs. Valentin claimed that the statue, which resembled an owl in flight, was hidden somewhere in mainland France. The following month, he published a book…

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