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French Literary Awards

French Literary Awards

(This article serves as a continuation of our previous blog post on notable literary cafes in Paris.)

The concept of literary accolades in France dates back to the Renaissance period, when numerous poetry contests and improvised verbal jousts took place. These ancient activities gave tempo to the literary and artistic life of its time and eventually became predecessors to the contemporary literary awards we know today.

The evolution of these activities into awards occurred at the turning point of the XIXth and XXth centuries with the creation of “commemoration” awards, such as the prizes of the…

Determining School Grade Levels

Determining School Grade Levels

Arriving from abroad, do you know your child’s grade level equivalent in France?

When relocating, choosing the appropriate grade level for your child can be a daunting task. Some helpful tips, along with a chart below, will help you determine the right one.

It is important to remember that not only the birth date counts, but also the curriculum when making a grade level calculation. I suggest listening to the advice the school admissions will provide. Cut-off dates are often different from one country to the next and curriculum can vary greatly. In the UK, the cut-off date is….

Renowned Parisian Literary Cafés

Renowned Parisian Literary Cafés

Well-named the “City of Light” or the “Capital of Art,” Paris is an animated, noisy and  uncompromising town. When we think about this tremendous city, several images come to mind: a romantic Paris, an artistic Paris, a literary Paris.

The best representations of a literary Paris are several famed cafés that have been frequented for decades by many celebrated writers and artists in order to gather, engage in discourse, share ideas and gain inspiration.

Discovering Paris: The History Behind Wallace Fountains

Discovering Paris: The History Behind Wallace Fountains

Wallace fountains (“Les Fontaines Wallace”) are drinking fountains made of green cast iron that one can find just about everywhere in Paris. The fountains not only allow everyone a drink of water when needed, but they lend unique and distinguished architectural detail to the landscape of Paris.

The history behind these fountains is actually quite similar to that of the Morris Columns. Between September of 1870 and January of 1871, Paris was besieged by Prussian troops and the city suffered from one of its most violent winters. Insurrection of the…

How to Prepare for a Departure Inspection

How to Prepare for a Departure Inspection

Preparing for the final inspection of your rental property is a task not to be taken lightly. This is the all-important moment when you turn the keys to the property back over to your landlord and your responsibility for the property comes to an end.

The departure inspection is an important appointment that will determine how much of your security deposit will be reimbursed. For example, if you have…

Foie Gras Mi-Cuit For the Holidays

Foie Gras Mi-Cuit For the Holidays

f you are not familiar with this French delicacy, do give it a try. Foie Gras Mi-Cuit is divine and a special treat for the holidays.

Foie Gras Mi-Cuit usually means fresh liver that has not been preserved in any way. “Mi-cuit” (meaning half cooked), refers to the foie gras being cooked rather than raw, but not boiled in a container for 2 hours, as with most…