Life Recap: November and December 2018

I originally started blogging in order to create a helpful and informative TAPIF blog as well as to record my travels during my “Year in France”. However, as time has passed on, the style and purpose of my blog has shifted. I have also realized that I simply like having a dedicated space where records of my life have been documented over the past few … Continue reading Life Recap: November and December 2018

Life Recap: December 2017

I originally started blogging in order to create a helpful and informative TAPIF blog as well as to record my travels during my “Year in France”. However, as time has passed on, the style and purpose of my blog has shifted. I have also realized that I simply like having a dedicated space where records of my life have been documented over the past few … Continue reading Life Recap: December 2017

The Best of 2015 International Traditions: Thanksgiving, Dutch Sinterklaas, and French Christmas

Since moving to France almost three years ago, I have lived with two Brits, three Americans, four French people, a Spaniard, a Czech, a Sicilian, a German, and a Dutchwoman. Besides feeling like I’m living my very own version of Auberge Espagnole, the best thing about living in internationally diverse settings is having the chance to intimately get to know, understand, and experience other cultures and customs. … Continue reading The Best of 2015 International Traditions: Thanksgiving, Dutch Sinterklaas, and French Christmas

Poisson d’Avril

In France, Belgium, and French-speaking areas of Switzerland and Canada, the 1st of April is often known as “April Fish,” the United States’s version of April Fool’s Day. On this day in France, be sure to watch your back, literally! On Poisson d’avril, people attempt to attach a paper fish to another person’s back without being noticed. Source So far, so good! I haven’t been “fished.” … Continue reading Poisson d’Avril

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

Christmas in Caen

I am really lucky that the family I stayed with almost four years ago invited me back for Christmas during my stay in France. After a fun and successful stay back in September for Sarah and Aldric’s wedding, I was looking forward to coming back in December. I arrived on December 23rd around midday. After a quick (okay, 1.5 hour) lunch, I took an almost … Continue reading Christmas in Caen