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Unglamorous France

Just got back into Paris from Giverny, most famous for Monet’s garden where he painted this:

Claude_Monet-Waterlilies

Now, I could post photos of pretty flowers, but that’s not what we’re about at What The French?! We don’t want to makes posts that fill you with Facebook status update envy, so instead, here’s an unglamorous view of what you would have seen today on the bridge at Giverny:

Unglamorous Giverny

More unglamorous French life coming during the next six weeks or so.

Meanwhile, practice insulting mimes in French by buying our book. It costs less than the entrance fee to Monet’s house and you’ll be in the company of a far more elite group.

Christmas past in France

Scenes from Christmas in France (courtesy of the Bibliothèque nationale, Gallica)…

Christmas trees for sale on the banks of the Seine in Paris

Christmas trees for sale on the banks of the Seine in Paris, 1920

French soldiers cut down a Christmas tree, 1914

French soldiers cut down a Christmas tree, 1914

A French soldier chases a goose for Christmas dinner

A French soldier chases a goose for Christmas dinner

proto-hipster swimmer prepares for the annual swimming race in the Seine, 1911

proto-hipster swimmer prepares for the annual swimming race in the Seine, 1911

Christmas swim is not just for men

Christmas swim is not just for men

tough guy ready to win the Christmas swim, and bathing cap dude in his mom's bathrobe

tough guy ready to win the Christmas swim, and bathing cap dude in his mom’s bathrobe

 

Kids at the actinology institute get their Christmas gifts, 1933

Kids at the actinology institute get their Christmas gifts, 1933

Kids at the Actinology Institute getting unhealthy doses of UV rays for Christmas

Kids at the Actinology Institute getting unhealthy doses of UV rays for Christmas

And there you have it—a very What The French?! tour of Christmas Past.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free hi-res Paris desktop wallpapers

To celebrate the launch of What The French?!, we have Free Paris Hi-Res (1920X1200) desktop wallpapers just for you, exclusives of whatthefrench.com from Marc Olivier (that’s me). Normally, you can find my work at various retailers (and on art.com), but here are seven wallpapers that you won’t find anywhere else. You can download them free here or from my photo site. If you want to thank us, please tell your friends about our beginning and intermediate French grammar book on iTunes.
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