Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Tomorrow morning the Brit and I are off for a long weekend with his family. If you read a news article about a Framerican who’s disappeared from the north of France, it’s probably me running for the hills. Or at least the closest village…

The French Rs of education

You know the ones…Reading, wRiting, aRithmetic and Recognizing a “Tu” vs. a “Vous”.

I was on the bus when a little girl (she couldn’t have been more than 6 years old) starting talking to me. What surprised me was that she used Tu instead of Vous. I’ve been told I don’t look my age, but in relation to the girl I clearly fall into the adult category. In my mind this means I use Tu with her and she uses Vous with me.

I’ve been tutoied by a stranger in Paris before – he was a retail clerk around my age and he tutoied all of his customers. But the little girl was a different situation, it would be like me walking up to an elderly stranger and using Tu as if we were friends or family. Perhaps I’m being a bit too old-fashioned. Is the singular Vous becoming passé?

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Not your normal brioche

I passed by a bakery in the Marais and saw these “special” brioche. I had to take a photo…