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Hanukkah in France - La Fête de Hanoucca

Chanukah or Hanukkah, is usually spelled Hanoucca In French (also Hanoukka, Hannouccah, Hanouccah…). It is also called « la Fête de l'Édification » ou « la Fêtes de l'Encénie », ou "la Fête des Lumières".

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Saint Nicolas - the French Santa Claus

Dans la nuit du 5 au 6 décembre, Saint Nicolas passe dans les maisons pour apporter aux enfants sages des friandises (fruits secs, mandarines, gâteaux, bonbons, chocolats et surtout de grands pain d'épices représentant le saint évêque). Dans certaines maisons qui s'inspirent de cette tradition, c'est même lui qui remplace le Père Noël, et qui apporte les cadeaux.

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Thanksgiving in France

Camille and I sometimes have students or friends from the US/Canada asking us about how we celebrate Thanksgiving in France. The short answer is "we don't" and that often comes to a them as a surprise...

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Une visite du Château de Chambord

Lors de notre petit tour dans la vallée de la Loire, nous sommes allés visiter le Château de Chenonceau, Le Clos Lucé et l’immense Château de Chambord. En général, je préfère les plus petits châteaux, comme Azay-le-Rideau. Mais voir les grands châteaux, cela fait aussi partie de la culture française. Alors il faut juste les avoir vus.

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How is Halloween celebrated in France? Learn French Vocabulary and Traditions

French people don't typically celebrate Halloween. In the 1990s, young international hipsters started to have costume parties for Halloween, and some bars and restaurants took up the trend as well (French people typically love costume parties, they are very popular for New Year's Eve or birthdays, even among grown-ups).

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The 3 Days (so worth it) Beef Bourguignon Recipe

Beef bourguignon is one of my favorite French classics… It's an easy dish to make, freezes well, and it should only take you a few hours if you want to prepare a good one… But if you want an exceptional Beef bourguignon then make some room in your fridge… and calendar!

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Top 10 things I hate about Paris

Bloggers living in Paris will eventually put together a list such as this one: things they Love and Hate (simultaneously) about Paris. Bien sûr, I say 'hate' with tongue in cheek -- most of these things are just *different* from what I'm used to and *most* have a silver lining.