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    Music review: Grand Prix (Benjamin Biolay)

    Benjamin Biolay released his first album, Rose Kennedy, in 2001. He soon became one of the most known figure of the nouvelle chanson française, a musical genre that is inspired from singers such as Brel, Brassens or Edith Piaf but with a more soft pop music style. Benjamin Biolay has since written 11 further albums, the latest being Grand Prix that was released this year. He worked with famous singers like Vanessa Paradis or Keren Ann. He also worked as an actor. His ex wife Chiara Mastroianni, is an actress and the daughter of the very famous Catherine Deneuve. Although he was rapidly seen as one of the most gifted…

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    10 quotes about gratitude

    I resumed working in home office after a week of holiday and I am already stressed… In such situations, it is helpful to think of things you are grateful for. While researching gratitude, I found some inspiring quotes and I set a list of my favorite quotes about gratitude Inspiring quotes about gratitude “For my part, I am almost contented just now, and very thankful. Gratitude is a divine emotion: it fills the heart, but not to bursting; it warms it, but not to fever.” Charlotte Bronte “Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” A.A Milne “Let…

  • Languages

    Politics and languages

    As the American election is approaching, you can find many articles about American politics in the French and German press. I thought it could be fun to list the words which have a totally different political meaning in America and in Western Europe. Red and Blue The colors of the political parties can vary from a country to another. In America, the Republican Party has the color red, whether the Democrat party has the color blue. The color red belongs in France to the communists and in Germany to the social democrats. The color blue belong in France to the right: light blue for the moderate conservatives and dark blue…

  • Books

    The Halloween Creatures Book Tag

    I do not really celebrate Halloween. I grew up in France, where it is not a major event and I now live in Germany where it is not very important either. However, when I read about the Halloween Creatures Book Tag, I thought it could be a lot of fun.  This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Rules: Answer all prompts.Answer honestly.Tag 1-13 people.Link back to this post. ( For me it was the blog Lioness at Large)Remember to credit the creator. (Anthony @ Keep Reading Forward)<Have fun! WitchA Magical Character or Book. Circe by Madeline Miller. This is an excellent novel based on…

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    Blogtober update

    Today is October 15th, which means I did half of Blogtober. It was sometimes difficult but not as difficult as I had feared. Indeed, I decided to try Blogtober only a few days before October and therefore I had not prepared posts in advance. I was afraid that I would have no ideas what to write about or that I would write only very short, uninspired posts. I also feared I would have technical issues that would prevent me from posting. However, I managed to write nearly every day and I wrote several posts about books, which I am happy about. Here are the blog posts I wrote for Blogtober:…

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    Classic books that French students read in high school (part two)

    As already evoked in an earlier post, I grew up in France and read therefore many French books at school. In an earlier post, I presented books that are particularly often studied in school and that were written by 17th and 18th century authors. For this post, I am going to evoke 19th century authors. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Classic Books that French students read in high school (part one): 19th century authors Father Goriot (Balzac) it is difficult to pick a book by Balzac because his collection of novels, The Human Comedy, is composed of more than 90 interlinked novels.…

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    Classic books that French students read in high school (part one)

    I grew up and went to school in France. Therefore, I read many classic French authors at school. Some of them are definitely hard to miss if you are attending a French high school. I set up a list of classic books that most French students read in high school. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Classic Books that French students read in high school (part one): 17th and 18th century authors The Princess of Cleves (Madame de La Fayette) The Princess of Cleves is often seen as one of the very first psychological novels. This is the story of a young and…

  • Languages

    Funny German words (part 2)

    A few days ago, I wrote a post about German words and expressions that I find amusing. In this post, I want to share a few more German funny words. 1) Schwein haben Literally translated into English: to have a pig. This expression means actually to have luck. To celebrate a new year, German people may even offer you a “Glücksschwein”, a little pig out of marzipan, to wish you food luck for the new year. 2) Es ist mir Wurst Literally translated: it is sausage to me. This means actually “I do not care”. 3) Kaffeeklatsch Translated into English: coffee gossip. German people like to have “Kaffee und Kuchen”…

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    Three books to read if you liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid

    My daughter is currently reading all the books of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. She has not yet decided what to read after. I have been thinking about it too and found 3 books that should appeal to a Diary of a Wimpy Kid fan. This post may contain affiliate links. See the Disclosures page for more information. Three books to read if you liked Diary of a Wimpy Kid Nicholas (by Sempé and Goscinny) : The books are told from the point of view of Nicholas, a little boy living in France in the 50s. Nicholas does, like Greg, tend to put himself in difficult situations. The…

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    Blog post ideas for Blogtober

    I have been doing Blogtober for 9 days now. Until now, I have not had any difficulties to find topics to write about. But October is not over yet and I will need to write 22 additional blog posts to complete the challenge. So today, I am going to make a list of blog post ideas, both for me and for other bloggers. Blog post ideas for Blogtober My favorite books Books to read in Autumn My favorite movies Movies to watch in Autumn My favorite recipes Autumn recipes 5 things I like about October 5 things I like about Autumn Books to read before Halloween Movies to watch for…