June Anderson – CANDIDE (1989) Leonard Bernstein conducts

The lyrics are quite thought provoking. A deep, morose, depressing reflection on a Parisienne who finds herself in a city where she feels the very real pressure to fit in and play the role of a happy socialite: To conform to the less pleasant part of Paris – that part that is demanding, snobby, and…

Virtual Tour of Opera Garnier

Click on header above for a virtual tour of Paris’ famous Opera House, and one of this blogger’s favourite baroque-esque buildings that housed the Paris Opera from 1875 to 1989. Palais Garnier still holds her own as an impressively elaborate work of art, and home to the Opera, although from the early 90s, the honor…

Right-Wing France 1, Pension-Reformers, 0

As is the trend elsewhere in Europe, the political right seems to feel emboldened and more brazenly conservative than before. The apparent failure to reverse pension reform in France only seems to have served to give the political right the impression that they’ve won a critical battle. If voters will punish Nicolas Sarkozy in the…

VIsualisation – Paris Promo Video

There definitely is no shortage of images on the city of Paris that conform to its several stereotypes: as the city of fashion, culture, a continental capital and a city carrying the weight of history. While some people discern a decline in Paris’ relevance in the face of new, emerging capitals elsewhere – Dubai as…

La patisserie de reves!!

Translated into English, it’s called the ‘bakery of your dreams’ – well, maybe that’s a loose translation. But checkout the website! Looks delicious, referred to by a dear french teacher. Making my way to this place ! Can’t wait! (click in the heading above!) more pictures to follow!

french magazine

The first of many links on where to learn and practice French! ( click above)