We tested non-alcoholic wine. Yes it exists! And it is a pleasure to drink! Plus there are all the benefits of wine minus the big negatives: alcohol and mega calories. Whether you want to go dry for January or just enjoy wine without headaches, this is a nice product. Here's how I came to try these products that are still rather a secret. I like red wine, but I've decided to reduce my alcohol, so I went looking for something else to drink with dinner that is enjoyable and pretty and doesn't overpower the meal – that's why we like wine isn't it? I like to pour into a pretty glass; I enjoy the gesture and the color or wine which is part of why I've not been able to find anything else that I want to drink at dinner. I love water, (but I gulp it when I drink it) so not at dinner when I want to sip. I love fruit juice, but it is too heavy and sugary for dinner (and as a friend so aptly mentioned “too interfering”). I'm using my same wine glasses and amounts and although I've …Voir Plus about We tested non-alcoholic wine. It’s good!
Buffalo Bill is back in France!
Buffalo Bill is back in France! and to celebrate the 176th birthday of our book room's namesake, which is 26 February we're going to tell you about 2 exhibitions you might want to see. So grab some popcorn and keep reading. Popcorn? why popcorn? because Buffalo Bill introduced popcorn to France! In fact there are THREE exhibitions this year, because 2022 is Rosa Bonheur's bicentennial, that Bill & Rosa's Book Room doesn't want you to miss. Sur la piste des Sioux in Lyon features a section on the Wild West Show Buffalo Bill un Saltimanque venu de l'ouest is in Elbeuf which is a few minutes from Rouen And coming later this year is a Rosa Bonheur retrospective for the 200th anniversay of her birth. This expo will take place in Bordeaux, then in Paris. And because this is a historic anniversary for Rosa Bonheur there are many more events coming too. To give you a taste of what to look forward to: at the Château de Rosa Bonheur à Thomery By near Fontainebleau t…Voir Plus about Buffalo Bill is back in France!
Driving in France: what you need to know
Driving in France: what you need to know This article covers driving in France: paperwork, insurance, and how to obtain it. Buying a car. In case of accident. Items you are required to have in the car. If you are British, you may want to follow this link for regulations coming into place now that Great Britain is not part of the EU. DRIVER'S LICENSE: Generally speaking (because there are of course exceptions, this IS France) if you are in France for over a year and your driver's license is not European, French law requires you to have valid French driving papers for driving in France. This one year period starts on the date of your first carte de séjour. Etudiant status is one of the exceptions; as a student you can drive with your foreign license for the duration of your studies. Some US states and other countries allow an exchange of licenses, other states and countries do not and you'll be required to pass the French exam to obtain the French license. Keep in mind …Voir Plus about Driving in France: what you need to know
Ground Hog Day – Candlemas – Le Chandeleur
It's Ground Hog Day again! I get such a kick out of this day - it just makes me laugh and yet its origins are ancient and no joke - so that I want to share its background with you, dear reader, once again. --Lisa Selon le dicton écossais: If Candlemas Day is bright and clear, There'll be two winters in the year. La version anglaise: If Candlemas be fair and bright, Come, Winter, have another flight; If Candlemas brings clouds and rain, Go Winter, and come not again. Quand un animal hibernant sort de son terrier le 2 février (Le Chandeleur - Candlemas Day) et le soleil brille l'animal aura peur de son ombre, rentra sous terre et l'hiver continuera encore six semaines. La marmotte d'amérique est devenue aux Etats-Unis le météorologue le plus suivi pour ses prévisions de l'arrivée du printemps. Le plus célèbre des marmottes est Punxsutawney Phil, qui fait son entrée chaque année depuis 1887 à Punxsutawney, un village de Pennsylvanie. Toute la semaine du 2 février…Voir Plus about Ground Hog Day – Candlemas – Le Chandeleur
Funny poems about learning English
Learning a language is fun and funny, but difficulties lurk when not done with honey. English is notoriously difficult because it is very irregular in pronunciation and spelling. Thousand years of external influences amongst which the imposition of French in the middle ages and a huge importation of foreign words resulting from exploration and colonialism turned English into a mishmash. Enjoy these poems about learning English that we have gathered from various online sources. The first of these poems about learning English dates from at least 1896! We'll begin with box, and the plural is boxes; But the plural of ox should be oxen, not oxes. Then one fowl is goose, but two are called geese, Yet the plural of moose should never be meese. You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice, Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice. If the plural of man is always called men, Why shouldn't the plural of pan be called pen? The cow in the plural may be cows o…Voir Plus about Funny poems about learning English
The Encyclopedia of Thriller writers
At the Book Room, we know the importance of a good thriller and especially, the right thriller at the right time, so to help you choose we wrote a short encyclopedia of thriller writers, some background about each one, their writing style and their best-known characters and series. All you have to do is decide which one best suits your mood! The encyclopedia is published in installments. The first part focused on American Thriller writers - a surprising number of whom come from New Jersey! The second part is around British thriller writers including 2 Scottish Tartan noir authors. Third part focuses on Scandinavian. Please feel free to request other author profiles in the comment section. Let us know who you think we should include. To see which of these Thriller writers is currently in stock (we have tons!) at the Book Room you can browse our inventory online here. PS: Until 31 January Thrillers (and romances) are 3 for the price of 2! Don't miss out! American Thriller wr…Voir Plus about The Encyclopedia of Thriller writers
Giving Up U.S. Citizenship: Why and How
Giving Up U.S. Citizenship: Why and How There are many reasons why someone may want to give up their US citizenship. One of them is taxation. 1040 Abroad is here to explain the reasons people give up U.S. citizenship and how to do it. According to the Department of State, 6,705 Americans gave up their citizenship in 2020 alone. Compared to the 2,577 people who gave up their US citizenship in 2019, that number has increased by 260%. The renunciation of citizenship is a means of giving up citizenship that takes effect on the date of the interview at the U.S. consulate. A person who gives up U.S. citizenship will lose many benefits in the U.S., including voting rights, protection from foreign governments, and the ability to pass U.S. citizenship to their children. The main benefit of U.S. citizenship is still the right to live and work in the United States as desired. As a result, people who renounce U.S. citizenship tend to have established lives in their host country. Wh…Voir Plus about Giving Up U.S. Citizenship: Why and How
Au Gui l’An Neuf ou Bonne et heureuse année à vous
Au Gui l’An Neuf is another way, a bit old fashioned, to say Bonne et heureuse année à vous. La saison voulant que le gui abonde, on en cueillit dès le Moyen Âge pour l'offrir avec ce souhait : « Au gui l'an neuf », formule qui fut remplacée plus tard par « Bon an, mal an, Dieu soit céans » (soit dans la maison). Au XIXe siècle on disait « Bonne et sainte année, le paradis à la fin de vos jours », expression modernisée au XXe siècle en « Bonne et heureuse année ». Mistletoe grows all over northern France and on six of the seven continents. It’s those balls in the bare trees that you think might be nests at first glance, but in fact it is vegetal parasite which rarely kills the host trees and thus is not a pest. Ecologically it is an important plant as it provides food and shelter for many species. A study in Australia mentioned in the NY Times compared forest parcels with mistletoe to parcels from which mistletoe had been removed. The study suggests that mistletoe is…Voir Plus about Au Gui l’An Neuf ou Bonne et heureuse année à vous
People ask me for directions all the time
People ask me for directions all the time. Sometimes I feel like it must be written on my forehead or on my bike helmet "Don't know where you are going? Ask me for directions". Happily I usually can point them in the right direction and don't mind doing so. I find it to be a sort of compliment and it underlines to myself that I live in this beautiful city called Paris. This time though the experience was a bit trying - at first. I was riding my bike back to the office along the Seine. There is a section right by the Eiffel Tower that is a bike path and it is just wide enough for one bike. It is not a sidewalk, but there are always tourists on it and it is kind of a pain to get past them. I ding my bell and they usually step off onto the dirt between the the trees and let me pass. That night I was behind two women. One in silver lamé pants, high heels and a short white furry jacket. I later saw a sparkly necklace too. The other in conservative pants, shoes, long …Voir Plus about People ask me for directions all the time
Why is it called? Part 3: Foods
Why is it called? Part 3: Foods Have you ever asked yourself why something is called by a particular name? Why are certain mushrooms called champignons de Paris? How do foods get named? There is often a story. Here is a short list of someFrench foods or dishes that are well-known in the Paris area and how they got their names. We invite readers to add their own favorites or ask about other foods for which they would like to know the origin in the comments. Champignons de Paris The first mushrooms in France were grown in 1670 by Jean de La Quintinie, gardener to Louis XIV. (You may still visit the King's garden in Versailles, it's called the Potager du Roi and it is a fascinating history of gardening and early techniques.) Under Napoleon I, mushrooms were grown in Paris in areas protected from sunlight, notably in the catacombs. Later in the XIXth century the majority of former quarries and grottos under Paris, which had the perfect constant temperature of 17°C were used to c…Voir Plus about Why is it called? Part 3: Foods