Meet me on the Champs de mars
How about taking a walk with we me around the Champs de mars? Best known as the home of the Eiffel Tower. I won't be talking about the Eiffel Tower but the history of the Champs de mars and the neighborhood around it. We'll compare the Champs de mars of today with 100+ year old postcards, photos and paintings. We'll also discover where the once largest Ferris wheel stood, the relationship between the Champs de mars and July 14th and hidden history just a few feet from the Eiffel Tower. All my treat!
Differences France & USNothing like a few weeks in the US to highlight the many subtle differences between France and the US.
We start with dates: In the US the date format is mm/dd/yy whereas in France (& most other parts of the world) the format is dd/mm/yy.
In the US traffic lights are often across the intersection on the opposite side. In France, traffic lights are like stop signs and therefor on the side you stop.
You'll find lots of French cheese in the US including La vache qui rit - The Laughing Cow. In the US there are at least eight different types of Laughing Cow's most popular product, the spreadable wedges. In France there are three. The packaging is also slightly different with the US labeling The Laughing Cow 'Creamy Swiss Original' even though it's a French product.
US washers are bigger than in France and side by side with dryer. In France most laundry is air dried.
At first glance there doesn't seem to be a lot of difference between pizza in the US and France. But in my experience you'll get many more topping choices (like eggs and sliced potatoes) in France but a smaller and thinner pizza than in the US
Sales always seem to be on going in the US whereas in France there are two main sales periods during the year - early January and summer.
As with pizzas, streets in the US are often bigger than in France.
I've never seen a street sign on a building in the US but have seen them often in France.
This is one I still have to get use to when in the US as the list price in a store almost always doesn't include taxes. In France the price you see is the price you pay.
I have yet to see a sign for a village, town or city in France that lists population or elevation. In the US those facts seem to be standard.
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La Rentrée: September means back to school. Here's the French school calendar for 2015/16. New for this year - school zones have changed!
Events in France
Here are two events coming up in France. The first is Journées européennes du Patrimoine - European Heritage Days taking place September 19-20. Journées européennes du Patrimoine is a great way to see buildings in France normally closed to the public. Another plus, public museums in France are free, and private museums offer reduced admission.
End of Summer Reading
Living in France Made Simple: This book is the result of what happened to a 40-something, odd-ball introvert whose world turned inside out the day she fell in love with a Frenchman and moved (from Australia) to France. If you're serious about following your heart to France, finding and buying a bargain dream-home and learning the rules of the game (including what makes the French tick romantically), read this book.