Chandeleur

While the month of December in France is known for Christmas markets and light festivals, and January is known for Galette des Rois, the month of February is known for crêpes, and February 2nd is specifically known for the French holiday of Chandeleur or Jour des Crêpes. Coincidentally, Ground Hog’s Day is also celebrated in the United States on February 2nd each year (Spoiler Alert: … Continue reading Chandeleur

Galette Des Rois

Galette des Rois, or King Cake, is a delicious cake associated with the festival of Epiphany during the Christmas season, and also plays a part in pre-Lent Mardi Gras celebrations. This tradition is quite popular in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Quebec, Spain, Portugal, South America, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, and the southern United States (Louisiana). The indulging of this cake lasts typically from January 5th until Fat … Continue reading Galette Des Rois

It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in the south of France, despite the fact that the weather is still in the mid-fifties, there are palm trees in my backyard, I live next to the Mediterranean Sea, and the only snow I have seen is that from fake machines. However, Toulon and France in general do not disappoint with their wonderful marchés de Nöel … Continue reading It’s Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas

La Fête des Lumières- Lyon, France

La Fête des Lumières, or The Festival of Lights is an annual event held in Lyon, the third biggest city in France after Paris and Marseille. The 4-day festival consists of professional light shows and other activities; the festival gives thanks and honors the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ, Son of God, on December 8th (the peak if the festival) each year. La Fête des … Continue reading La Fête des Lumières- Lyon, France

Beaujolais Nouveau

One of the best things about France is wine. Luckily for all of us, France has its very own holiday celebrated on the third Thursday of November (one week before Thanksgiving) every year called Beaujolais Nouveau. The holiday is typically celebrated with fireworks, music, festivals, and of course, Beaujolais wine. Source Karen MacNeil, wine expert, describes Beaujolais as, “The only white wine that happens to … Continue reading Beaujolais Nouveau

Halloween in France/ All Saint’s Day (Toussaint)

Truth be told, Halloween isn’t really celebrated in France. Furthermore, most French shops and businesses are not really into holiday decorations. Even more so, I am living in a climate where there are palm trees, and it is still 75 degrees and sunny. For someone born and raised in Wisconsin, this is quite a change, and summer does not really correlate with holidays! Most of … Continue reading Halloween in France/ All Saint’s Day (Toussaint)