10 French Cities You Should Visit in 2023

French cities

What do you picture when you think of France? For most people, it’s either Paris, or a vineyard or château in a picturesque countryside. Neither one of those images are incorrect, but there’s so much we overlook in between. 82% of French people live in a metropolitan area.  This very much includes greater Paris, which …


Miam! The Mouthwatering guide to French viennoiseries

France’s current favorite viennoiserie is known as le pain au chocolat in most of the country. But in the southwest (as well as abroad, in Quebec), it’s called la chocolatine

An estimated 12 million French people go to their boulangerie (bakery) every day.  But what do they buy there?  Baguettes (in many different varieties) are still the top-seller – the French really do love and eat them as much as stereotypes seem to suggest.  But among other boulangerie staples are viennoiseries — pastries like palmiers, …


Get out of Here! How to Use and Conjugate Sortir like a Local


Sortir (to get out) is a verb full of exceptions.  It’s irregular, and it can have either être or avoir  as an auxiliary verb, depending on the meaning you want to convey. Like that one friend we all know, it may be complicated, but it’s also really helpful.  So, let’s take a closer look at …