Family Moments during Christmas in France

4194677832_e525b3a685_z No other holidays suscitent (verb ‘susciter‘: to arouse, create) such expectations of warm réunions (f.) de famille (family gatherings) as Christmas time. Passer de bons moments ensemble (have a good time together, lit. to pass good moments), around a table and près du feu (near the fire), en … Continue reading

The Traditional Christmas Markets of France: A Popular Winter Event

Marché_noël_Colmar_2 For a month (end of November until end of December) throughout France, les marchés de Noël (Christmas markets) have become des évènements incontournables (must-see events; lit. that cannot be circumvented) that play a big part in the magic of winter holidays in Paris. The tradition originated … Continue reading

Gift-giving etiquette – Part 2: For the business traveler

giftboxes Last year around the holidays, we put together a gift-giving etiquette quiz, which tested your knowledge of gift-giving customs in several countries.  This year, we’re focusing on the business traveler and how gift-giving customs differ across cultures in a professional … Continue reading

Snow and Mountains: Winter Fun in France

1024px-Greolieres_les_Neiges With more than 300 stations de ski (ski resorts), France has a long history with sports d’hiver (winter sports). From the largest to the swankiest, or the authentic charm of old mountain villages, France boasts a formidable array of possibilities: ski alpin (m.)(downhill skiing), ski de fond (m.)(cross-country skiing), les raquettes (à … Continue reading