French language

What common French language mistakes do non-native French speakers make?

My family accuses me of wasting time on Quora. I couldn't resist answering this question though since it relates so closely to my enjoyment of France and the French language. The most common, most demotivating, most un-attractive mistake is not understanding how phonetically different French is from English. You simply cannot pronounce French words “the way they look” in English.…read more
General

Gotta have: MAISONS BULLES

Maison Bulles
Already on my holiday wishlist: this incredible set of "maisons bulles" including 9 bungalows! Beautifully place on a little island on a river in les Vosges, what could go wrong!?  And it's only E365.000! Véritable « architecture-sculpture », cet ensemble de « maisons bulles » est l'une des réalisations les plus abouties de Pascal Haüsermann, figure majeure de la création…read more
Architecture and Design

Le Bon Marche features wire mesh architectural sculpture by Edoardo Tresoldi

As if we needed a reason for a pilgrimage to the Bon Marche when we are in Paris for Thanksgiving. It's always fun to see their holiday windows and paw around their accessories and kitchen goods. Beyond take-out in their famous specialty foods area, they have good restaurants as well. Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, the famed, 1800s-built Paris department…read more
Travel

Rome advice for families 2015

They also do combo upgrades where for an extra 12 Euros, you can include either Coliseum (regular price 9.5)) or Vatican Museum/Sistine Chapel skip the line tickets.

...Other stuff: We took the 7 Euro elevator to the top of the Vittorio Emmanuele II monument and “Altare della Patria.” (the BIG thing at the end of the Via del Corso) where you have a great view of all of Rome and the Forum.