Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Sainte Julie


For all the Julies out there. This is your saint day! This image is from a piece of artwork at the church in my adopted hometown of Thomery, France.

Sainte Julie was born in 1751 and grew up loving to play teacher. She later became one... 

Shock from a murder attempt on her father left her in bad health for many years. She spent 22 years completely paralyzed! 

During the French Revolution, she harbored loyal priests in her home. This made her a target, and resulted in her fleeing in secret three times in five years to avoid exposing her friends. 

Around this time, she had a vision of Jesus surrounded by a large group of religious women dressed in a habit she'd never seen before. A voice told her that these would be her daughters and that she would create an institute for young Christian girls. She and a friend then founded the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur. 

In 1804 she was miraculously cured of her paralysis and began to walk again. About ten years later, she nursed wounded and starving affected by the Battle of Waterloo. 

She was canonized by Pope John Paul VI in 1969.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Why Not Street


This translates to "Why Not" street... So, why not go for a bike ride? 

Arzon is a peaceful port village in Brittany. Some friends bought an apartment there... Great place for crêpes, caramel butter, all things "Bretagne."

Friday, August 29, 2014

I ♥ French expressions


J’ai d’autres chats à fouetter.
I have other fish to fry. 

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The McBaguette


Two all-beef patties, special sauce, cheese, lettuce, pickles, no onions, mustard, and certainly NOT on a sesame seed bun!* This is the McBaguette, McDonald's newest burger creation in France.

McDo (mic-doh') as they call it here, has combined an all-American tradition with its classic bread. We brought an American friend to McDo for a taste test on his recent visit. After all, where else do you bring an American to try out the latest gastronomie française?

Anddddddd? ...he actually liked it.

*If you're too young to remember this, it was from an ad in the 80's that challenged Big Mac fans to cite all the ingredients in the classic burger... To watch a sing-songy British version of the same, click here.