Do As the French Do (but without the mistakes)

Which city was the capital of Roman and Christian Gaul?

a. Nice   b. Arles   c. Marseille

The correct answer is, of course, LYON. But Ross Steele’s When in France, Do as the French Do claims the answer is c. Marseille, even though page 92 clearly states “Lyon, where the Rhône and Saône rivers meet, was the capital of Roman and Christian Gaul.”

Another gem is the quote “More recently, in 1996, Mario Botta, an Italian, designed the only new cathedral built in Europe during the 20th century, at Evry, north of Paris.”  If by north, he means south, then there’s nothing wrong with this sentence. Evry is located in Essonne, which lies directly south of Paris, unless you’re holding the map upside-down and disregarding cardinal directions.

I may not be a “renowned expert on French culture” but I sure know somebody who needs a proofreader…

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  • http://french-state-of-mind.blogspot.com/ Monique

    Looks like you found yourself a new job ;)

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  • http://french-state-of-mind.blogspot.com Monique

    Looks like you found yourself a new job ;)

    Moniques last blog post..This could be bad….

  • http://www.living-the-dream.tv/ Marlane O’Neill

    What city in France has the oldest crossroads of Southern Europe?

  • http://www.living-the-dream.tv Marlane O’Neill

    What city in France has the oldest crossroads of Southern Europe?

Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.

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