If you are like many people who have vacationed in France, your heart wants to go back but your work schedule and your wallet won’t let you. No problem! Bring France to you in one of these ways.
Invite French style into your home. Elegant yet casual, French décor can add panache to any room. French kitchen furniture is a great place to start. The graceful, curving lines add subtle interest and undeniable refinement to the table and chairs. You can be as formal or as rustic as you like with your selection of upholstery color and patterns. Complete the table with a centerpiece of fresh flowers or greenery. Include a few touches of gold and crystal on walls, window treatments and lighting fixtures. To finish, hang reproductions of your favorite Monet, Renoir or Matisse paintings.
Your French kitchen table is the perfect place to enjoy delicious, authentic French cuisine and imported wine. Try your hand at some French classics such as crepes or croissants for breakfast and coq au vin for dinner. If you are really ambitious, look for a French cooking class locally or check out some videos online. Once you have mastered a few knife skills and can create some basic sauces, many dishes that look elegant are within easy reach.
Nothing makes you feel as if you are in another country like speaking the language. There are several ways to learn. If you thrive with structure and accountability, enroll in a community college class. If you need a more flexible schedule, try a website or DVD language program. Many new language apps for smartphones boast high success rates at little or no cost. After a few dozen lessons, connect with another student or a native speaker; then get together regularly to practice, either in person or over video chats. Watch French movies without subtitles to see how much you understand. When you become more proficient, tune in to French radio stations. Vive la France!
Mar 04, 2015 0