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Newsletter August 2016
France has been struck yet again by terrorism, this time in Nice, followed by the killing of a priest near Rouen. What is there to say? Well, I think John Oliver does a really good job here!

Blossoming in Provence
For American Kristin Espinasse, every encounter with the Frenchincluding her own familyis a chance to learn more than a country's language or etiquetteit is an opportunity for growth. Follow along with Kristin as she meets and overcomes obstacles along the path to French integration: sit on the edge of your seat at her wedding, when her future husband's ex shows up in a slinky dress; buckle your seat-belt when she takes the French Drivers exam; share a slice of humble pie with her as her children enlighten her, in their native tongue, about the mystery and meaning of la vie en rose.

Village of Grignan
Photos from a walk through the village of Grignan France.

The Lafayette Sword
Gold. Obsession. Secrets. Following the murder of a Freemason brother, Antoine Marcas uncovers unsettling truths about gold and its power to fascinate and corrupt. A priceless sword is stolen and deaths ensue setting the Freemason detective on a case of Masons turned bad.

One month of free lessons
Learn French with Frantastique - Learn French daily with an e-mail, a story, and a personalized correction. In each lesson, follow the adventures of Victor Hugo as he explores the Francophone universe. The courses are humorous, practical and include a wide variety of accents.

Black Saturday (Samedi noir)
lack Saturday - Samedi noir is the worst traffic day of the year in France. It's the only black - very heavy traffic day, so the name - Samedi noir. It take place during the chasse-croise - when Juillettistes (those taking their vacation in July) and Aoutiens (those taking their vacation in August) crisscross on French roads. For 2016 Black Saturday is July 30th.

Juillettistes, Aoutiens and the Chasse-Croise
Summer is the time of year that the French get divided into two groups - Juillettistes or Aoutiens. Juillettiste are those that go on vacation in juillet - July and Aoutiens are those that go on vacation in aout - August.

Eight Months in Provence: A Junior Year Abroad 30 Years Late
For thirty years, Diane Covington-Carter dreamed of living in France and immersing herself in the country and language that spoke to her heart and soul. At age fifty, she set off to fulfill that yearning. Journey along with her as she discovers missing pieces of her own personal puzzle that could only emerge in French, in France. And the deep reservoirs of courage and strength that have come with living a half-century.

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