france
France
Fontainebleau
Sarena Ehrlich
2016.01.29

Sur le Pont d’Avignon

Sur le Pont d’Avignon L’on y danse, l’on y danse Sur le Pont d’Avignon L’on y danse tous en rond Avignon may be known for its stunning nature and historic influence with the Ramparts (wall of fortification) built to protect the Pope in the 14th century, but for me it will always be a city of childhood songs. This weekend I headed to the southern city to escape the cold frost of Fontainebleau. Since Fontainebleau is situated in the middle of the forest, the microclimate of being surrounded by trees significantly lowers temperatures and raises my need for warmth. Continue reading “Sur le Pont d’Avignon”
france
France
Dijion
Yves Lalune
2015.12.24

Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve in France and Dijon

With the upcoming events and celebrations for the end of the year, I would like to present how Dijon is celebrating them. France is historically a catholic country, so Christmas is a much more meaningful event for believers here. During this period of the year, religious authorities usually organize two mass: one on the 24th of December and one the day following. Additionally, they decorate churches (such as Notre-Dame de Dijon) with a traditional small size scale reproduction of the Nativity scene. Continue reading “Celebrating Christmas and New Year’s Eve in France and Dijon”
france
France
Fontainebleau
Sarena Ehrlich
2015.12.14

Foraging for Mushrooms

Invigorated by village living, I have been busy reading up on activities to make use of the lush forest that surrounds Fontainebleau. From horse riding earlier this year in September I remembered spotting colourful and delicate fungi on the forest floor, so this weekend decided to attempt a mushroom foraging mission. Continue reading “Foraging for Mushrooms”
france
France
Fontainebleau
Sarena Ehrlich
2015.11.13

La dégustation de champagne / Champagne tasting

France consists of 22 regions, 96 departments, 335 arrondissements and over 2000 cantons. It is a spiraling confusion of bureaucracy for an outsider, which is just a testament to its historical evolution. Somewhere within this breakdown Fontainebleau is situated in the region of Ile-de-France (the same region as Paris), with our convenient neighbor being Champagne-Ardenne (the region which has received special AOC for its sparkling wine. Continue reading “La dégustation de champagne / Champagne tasting”
france
France
Dijion
Yves Lalune
2015.10.16

A Tradition of Utmost Importance, “Vendanges” and French Wine

This time, I would like to talk about a very symbolic period for winemakers in France: The harvest of wine grapes, also called “Vendange” in French. This practice has been a tradition since Antiquity, and is occurring nowadays from the end of July until the end of September. It is the most important period of the year for wine makers. Continue reading “A Tradition of Utmost Importance, “Vendanges” and French Wine”
france
France
Fontainebleau
Sarena Ehrlich
2015.09.25

Le Marché

I live around the corner from a parking lot. It is void of life and desolate during the week. But on special days, like Sunday, I find myself in the heart of French culture: the local town market. Continue reading “Le Marché”