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Remembering Madame Cintrat…

“…this year, on the evening of New Year’s Day, the church bells in Essoyes tolled. They were not pealing joyously, as they had that very morning, to welcome a new year: they were now tolling mournfully, because Mme. Cintrat had died on Christmas Day,..”

Continue Reading January 27, 2019 at 8:56 am Leave a comment

Demystifying the French

Thank you so much, Sara Somers, for this wonderful chance to tell people about my new book, Demystifying the French. I’m so glad you liked it and found it helpful. Janet

Out My Window

As I told you in my last blog about la politesse, while finishing it up, my friend, Janet Hulstrand, asked me if I would read and review her latest book: Demystifying the French. How to Love Them and Make them Love You (What you’ve heard about them is not entirely true….).  I love reading most anything and, as it turned out, this was a very special read. I learned a lot. The book is small and can be read quickly. You can earmark pages you want to return to and give more thought to it. I highly recommend that anyone visiting France for the first or the twentieth time, read this book. I think that means I give it five stars!

The book is broken down into two parts. The first part is made up of what she calls: Essential Tips for Even Very Brief Encounters. Saying Bonjour is…

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January 18, 2019 at 6:57 pm Leave a comment

Back Home in Essoyes…

“…I had never really thought about whether or not I had a sacred place before being asked this question; but indeed Essoyes is the one place in this world where over the past couple of years I have felt my soul settling into its most appropriate spot. And there is a deep contentment that goes along with having found that place at last…”

Continue Reading August 20, 2018 at 9:10 pm 5 comments

Vive la France! Allez les Bleus!

I must confess, I don’t really get why people get so excited about this kind of thing. But I understand joy, and I love it.

Vive la France, Allez les Bleus!!! 

http://www.france24.com/en/20180710-world-cup-2018-football-streets-paris-erupt-celebration-france-bound-world-cup-final

Janet Hulstrand is a writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher of writing and of literature who divides her time between the U.S. and France. She leads writing workshops in Essoyes, a village in the Champagne region, and teaches “Paris: A Literary Adventure” for the City University of New York each summer. 

 

 

July 11, 2018 at 12:34 pm Leave a comment

Our Little Bibliothèque

“I have been thinking about libraries lately…”

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November in Essoyes (2017 Version)

The month began, of course, with Toussaint,…Then there was Armistice Day…

Continue Reading November 30, 2017 at 1:38 pm 2 comments

A Wonderful Day in Troyes-in-Champagne

Like many people, my favorite city in France is Paris. But my second-favorite city in France is not so well known. So please allow me to introduce you to a beautiful, medium-sized city in eastern France, about two and a half hours southeast of Paris, that you really should think about visiting if you haven’t already…

Continue Reading October 19, 2017 at 3:09 pm Leave a comment

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