Feux d’Artifices d’Annecy-le-Vieux et de Paris

A lot of the smaller towns in France have fireworks for Bastille Day the night of July 13th instead of on the 14th. Last night we went to Annecy-le-Vieux for their fireworks, and we were also treated to a rock concert for an hour beforehand. The band did covers of nearly everything – Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Police, U2, etc. -and they even changed costumes several times to match the music and bands. Of course every single song was in English so it almost felt like I was celebrating July 4th, except for the people speaking French and drinking wine and beer on a public beach.

We wasted about 30 minutes waiting in line at the snack bar (because there’s only one open that late – Annecy-le-Vieux isn’t exactly a happening place…) where David got an “Américain.” What is an American sandwich according to this greasy place? A baguette filled with two hamburger patties and french fries, with ketchup, mayo or barbecue sauce. I almost want to puke just thinking about it.

We made it back to the beach just in time for the fireworks, which also had music accompanying them. They set them off just a little ways into the water, so we were really close.

We should be able to see Chambery’s fireworks tonight from our back balcony, but I might watch the Paris fireworks online instead. Anyone can watch online through the site http://www.14juillet2009.com/ to celebrate the fact that the Eiffel Tower is 120 years old. Fireworks start at 10:45 PM French time, so 4:45 PM eastern time.

Videos & Subtitles are Best

In my nerdy, just-for-fun independent research on language acquisition, I’ve come across several articles about using video with subtitles in the classroom and how it vastly increases the rate of vocabulary acquisition. Hearing and reading the words in context is very important – now I just wish someone would tell producers of DVDs that… Subtitles […]

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Mélina’s First Birthday Party

Mélina a un an ! Gâteau glacé vanille fraise Seulement trois cadeaux ? Ça, c’est mieux ! [J’ai monté ce vélo pour elle parce que je suis la seule bricoleuse dans la famille ici. Merci le Midwest et papa !] Dans la piscine avec maman La petite reine des cadeaux (avec mamie)

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She who studies during summer vacation.

Now that I’m not working and the apartment is almost finished (Why does it take soooo long to get furniture in France?!?!), I have a lot of free time on my hands. I have been working on my website a little – just uploaded a few lessons from Foreign Service Institute Italian FAST – but […]

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Happy Independence Day, USA!

See you in two weeks!!!

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The True North strong and free!

Happy Canada Day to my Canadian friends and to those who just love all things Canadian (like me)! I’ve been listening to the national anthem (in English and French, of course) and poking around canada.com for a while now. This linguistics-related article was interesting: Canuck-speak like learning a new language Oh, Bob & Doug, I’ve […]

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Dual Citizenship

I just wanted to say Congratulations and Félicitations !! to two ladies who have gained dual citizenship. I am extremely happy and excited for them.  They worked very hard for this and survived the year-long application process. They give me hope that I’ll be able to become a dual citizen one day too. + Erica […]

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Homesick again

Today is my brother’s wedding reception in Michigan. I went to the wedding in April in the Dominican Republic, and since I’m already going home in July for my sister’s wedding, I couldn’t really afford to go home for this reception too. Now I’m realizing that I probably should have just gone home for 6 […]

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How French bureaucracy will drive you insane

My préfecture allows applying for a new carte grise by mail, so I thought, Great! No waiting in line! I can just send everything by mail and be done with it. Oh, but I was wrong. I mailed my old carte grise, a copy of my CDS, a copy of the June quittance de loyer, […]

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Bring on Les Soldes !

The summer sales period in France begins this Wednesday, June 24 at 8 AM and lasts until midnight on July 28. Thanks to the magic of the interwebs, I will be on my computer ordering things for the apartment instead of dealing with crowds at stores. Thank goodness for LaRedoute and 3Suisses ! These huge […]

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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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