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Newsletter July 2016
With summer finally here what better way to enjoy the sun, than sunbathing and reading a good book at the same time! Here are some on my favorite books related to France.

Black Saturday (Samedi noir)
lack Saturday - Samedi noir is the worst traffic day of the year in France. It's the only black - very heavy traffic day, so the name - Samedi noir. It take place during the chasse-croise - when Juillettistes (those taking their vacation in July) and Aoutiens (those taking their vacation in August) crisscross on French roads. For 2016 Black Saturday is July 30th.

Juillettistes, Aoutiens and the Chasse-Croise
Summer is the time of year that the French get divided into two groups - Juillettistes or Aoutiens. Juillettiste are those that go on vacation in juillet - July and Aoutiens are those that go on vacation in aout - August.

Eight Months in Provence: A Junior Year Abroad 30 Years Late
For thirty years, Diane Covington-Carter dreamed of living in France and immersing herself in the country and language that spoke to her heart and soul. At age fifty, she set off to fulfill that yearning. Journey along with her as she discovers missing pieces of her own personal puzzle that could only emerge in French, in France. And the deep reservoirs of courage and strength that have come with living a half-century.

Le quatorze juillet - aka Bastille Day
Two Americans talk about living in France. Today it's July 14th - Le quatorze juillet. Better known as Bastille Day to Americans. Also talked about is a visit to a French KFC!

Traffic in France July 2016
As the school vacation starts on Friday July 5th so does traffic congestion on French roads. Just about every weekend in July has a day that is Red or Orange.

Rue Jean-Francois-Lepine
Rue Jean-Francois-Lepine in Paris from a postcard dated June 23rd, 1909.

Tainted Tokay (Winemaker Detective)
In between sumptuous food and wine, the Winemaker Detective grapples with deceit and deception in Old World Europe. Frances top wine expert Benjamin Cooker sets off to enjoy the delights of Vienna, a romantic ride down the Danube, a gourmands visit to Budapest, and a luxury train through the enchanting Hungarian countryside.

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