This summer in Paris

You do not need to go far: the best destination for this summer is Paris. The diversity proposed by Paris is so large that you never stop to reveals its secrets.
In summertime French people generally have several weeks of vacation a year, huge numbers of locals flee town for vacations in the South of France or elsewhere and foreign languages heard just as often as French in metro cars or in the street.

The pace slows, the streets are calmer, the nights longer, and summer festivals and special events promise some fun days and nights out in a summer ambience. Paris reserves many cultural activities and more originals and unusual exhibitions. Do not matter if you travel alone or with family, we are sure Paris has diversified activities for all ages. If you like the gardens and music, you will be delighted with outdoor concerts. You can choose to visit Paris in a bike tour, take a tour by the Seine, discover all the monuments in Paris or why not relax on a café’s terrace with a Parisian atmosphere.

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Take a trip with your pet!

petpetAbroad, the rules are different depending on the country. In France, it depends on the weight of the animal and the type of transport.

 

Do not wait until the last-minute to prepare your holiday with your pet; foresee the vaccines.

- In the metro and buses allow only guide dogs and small dogs if they are in a bag.

- In the train, the small animal could be placed in a bag; if it weighing more than six pounds, they should always be on a leash, but the other passengers can refuse access compartment;

- In the taxi, the driver has the right to refuse an animal;

- In the plane, the animals less than six pounds can travel in the cabin, in a bag; the heavier have to travel in the cargo hold.

The cats traveling in a basket; they are given a sedative for not meow during the journey.

During holidays,

Sand, salt, sun … can irritate the skin or pads of the animal. On your return from the beach, rinse well with fresh water for 5 minutes. Do not forget the eyes by applying without rubbing a sterile eye lotion

In the countryside, watch especially the ears and pads to detect the possible presence of spikelet. Also periodically check the coat of your dog to detect ticks. Use cotton soaked in ether to deaden them before pulling.

For summer, watch out for sunburn! Avoid walking in the hottest hours. Do not forget to make your pet regularly drink.

Remember that throughout the year, he is your companion animal and he loves you unconditionally. So, show him how much you care about him and travel with him!

The mother’s day in France

This special day in France has been created in 1920. The celebration was originally an instrument that the government implemented to encourage an increase in the birth rate after the death of large number of men during the battle.

At the time, the mother image is totally different to that which now exists. A good homemaker was a good cook, without a good level of educated, relatively a submissive woman to her husband.

This very popular holiday in France was officially established in 1950.

Nowadays, the mother’s day is the last Sunday of May. Toddlers make for their mom a beautiful drawing or a great gift made with the help of their teacher. The older children offer a gift with the help of their father and sometimes with a bouquet of flowers.

French people organize a lunch or a dinner and they often celebrate in the same day two or three generations of mothers.

Happy mother’s day!

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Business lunch

One hour for an informal discussion around the table allow good start negotiations to create projects and a close partnership. A business lunch is a great time to discover, pointed and find strengths and weaknesses of our future partners.

If you invite, propose several dates and confirm your table at the restaurant during the morning; if you have your appointment on site, arrive a few minutes before the time fixed and choose your table: place the guest of honor in front of you, then to your right and to your left side the other guests that you wish to honor.

For the menu, let your guests choose first, if you know the menu, you can make some suggestions.  Even you don’t drink wine, you should drink the same choice of your guests. If they take an entrance, a dessert, you have to imitate. Pay the bill discreetly and if possible with a credit card.

If you have been invited, you should be punctual. Do not cancel the same day, unless compelling reason. If you have the slightest delay, you must let know the restaurant. Do not order the most expensive dishes systematically. If you hesitate, ask your host: “What do you recommend? » At the check time, you can propose to pay but do not insist if the host invitation was clearly expressed.

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The hats

Wearing hat was widespread in the middle class in the nineteenth century. Apart from its practical aspect, the hat permitted to greet ladies that we grew up the stairs or that we meet on the street; in a word, to manifest in all circumstances his courtesy and good education. Women, for their part, will not be coming to lunch without a hat, or a garden party without displaying a beautiful wide-brimmed hat.

Today the women hats is hardly rigorous in ceremonies (weddings and funerals, for example) . However, dressmakers continue to use the hats in their parades. Women never have to remove their hats in the street.

They do not wear it for dinner, but they keep for a lunch or a cocktail. It must be matched with the clothes they dress.

The headgears are reduced to use it for the sport, rain hat, the hat and furred cap. Men used to remove the head hat in public areas, restaurant, café, cinema … When the men crossed a woman in the street, a man had to make the gesture to remove the hat before the women, but it was customary that the woman kept her cover head. The man hat was kept in the cloakroom at the arrival in a house.

In a church, a man kept bareheaded, while a woman used to cover her head with a hat, a shawl or a scarf.

Chapeaux hats

Photos from Pinterest. Chapeaux hats

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May day in France.

The 1st May and the Lily of the Valley feast…

Since the middle Ages, it seems that the Lily of the valley; a plant native to Japan, is present in Europe since the middle Ages. The “plant of bells” has always symbolized the spring; the Celts have given it the virtue of lucky. On 1st May of 1561, King Charles IX formalized the feast: he having received this day a sprig of lily of the valley as a lucky charm, he decided to offer each year a Lily of the Valley to each lady of the court; the tradition was born.

The flower is also ideally for the romantic encounter. Longtime, was organized in Europe “The ball of the Lily of the Valley”. It was also one of the few dances of the year when parents do not have the rights of opinion. That day, the girls are dressed in white and the boys use to decor their buttonhole with a Lily of the Valley.

In Paris, at the beginning of the century, fashion designers offer lilies of the valley to the workers. But it was not until 1976 that it is associated with the celebration of 1st May. On the buttonhole of the protesters, then it replaces the wild rose and the red triangle which symbolized the division of the day into three equal parts: work, sleep, play.

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How to prepare your next trip?

voyageIt is true that we prepare our trip depending if we travel alone or as a couple, with the family or in a group, by car or by train, for leisure or for business. However, travel behavior involves a mindset that makes someone or not qualified good traveler.

Before take your flight, it is necessary to prepare an itinerary, select the places to visit and the hotel according to your interests and budget. Make sure you have the right documents; the visa, the valid passport and the documents during airport transits.

Frequently, passengers present some issues with its luggage; traveling doesn’t mean move so, you need pack according to your trip (weekend, business, vacation) and also the means of transport (limit weight if you travel by aircraft, the size the trunk of your car, weight and size allowed if you travel by train).

When you arrange the suitcase; create a list, a reminder where we write all clothing and articles to take and travel accessories. The design of your luggage is not the most important; the luggage has to be very well organized in case your luggage has an accidental opening or the curiosity of a customs officer. Toilet articles and other intimate effects are hidden in discreet pockets.

Easter in France

The Easter is a religious feast that commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It follows the Friday, three days after the death of Jesus,. The date varies each year but Easter is calculated as the first Sunday after the full moon following the first day of spring (March 21).

In France, Easter Monday is a public holiday since 1886. In Eastern of France, Good Friday is not a working day. During Easter, kids look for eggs, rabbits, hens and chicks of chocolate in the garden.
According to the tradition, the bells go to Rome for the Lent and they drop chocolate eggs when they return at home. Thus, at the end of the traditional Easter Mass , the church bells sound and children go to the gardens to pick up chocolate eggs.
Then at the end of the day, is the occasion to celebrate Easter around a family meal generally comprising a roast lamb and chocolate eggs.

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Do you like the Macarons?

At its origins the macaron was made with almonds, sugar and egg white; the macaron was born in the XVIII century venetian monasteries.

It was during the Renaissance that these treats were introduced in France by Catherine de Medici for her marriage with the Duke of Orleans, the future king of France.

For the 30’s in Paris, the pastries had the idea to attach these two cookies and fill it with a ganache. This “Parisian Macaron” was particularly popularized by Ladurée ; which is still one of the most famous brands to create macarons.

Over time, the macarons have diversified, and is in many colors and flavors; vanilla, pistachio, chocolate, raspberry, coffe speculoos, lime basil, there are even versions salty.

A good advice!

We taste a good macaron when its shells are smooth and with a perfect design; delicately crispy outside and soft inside. To conserve the macaron, put it in the hermetically sealed box in the refrigerator.

Bon dégustation !

Photos from Pinterest.

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The Hightea or the tea time

tea2The atmosphere of the tea time is still quite cozy, no special clothing is required; the courtesy and good manners are essential. Nowadays, the tea is consumed at any time, during the breakfast, late afternoon, and after hard days work. In England, the tea time became a custom and it is taken usually from 5-6 P.M. This habit was particularly pleasant in the countryside; the dishes are arranged on a large table, while the guests sit comfortably. Once the pot of water(preferably made in porcelain) is boiled, the tea is prepared by putting a teaspoon per person, then, then the water is added and left for five minutes; it is served with toast, jam, cake, and with small tea napkins.

The tea time is always best to provide at least two different teas, such as a Chinese tea and Indian tea.
There are infinite nuances of aromas, l’Orange Pekoe, light and soft (Ceylon tea) ; Darjeeling , very fragrant and sweet teas from the India; Imperial , smoked taste of jasmine ; Yunan, with a strong taste, from China. Mandarin is consumed without sugar with Chinese or Vietnamese cuisine. The tea supports mixtures with alcohol, especially with ice (rum, whiskey, Pimm’s )…

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