Versailles – A Word Search

 Find the capitalized names below in the letters box:

Robert de COTTE            Jean-Baptiste LULLY                    Jean RACINE

PLACE D’ARMES            Jules Hardouin-MANSART         RICHELIEU

GRAND CANAL             MARIE ANTOINETTE            Hubert ROBERT

JEU DE PAUME            Cardinal MAZARIN                   TRIANON

MENAGERIE             Mme de MAINTENON                COLBERT

LA FRONDE              Mme de MONTESPAN                 LOUIS

Charles LE BRUN     Mme de POMPADOUR               MOLIERE

André LE NOTRE            François d’ORBAY                  ORANGERIE

Louis LE VAU            François BOUCHER                   MARBRE

Bernard de JUSSIEU

A C E L A N A C D N A R G P Y T
B R I C H E L I E U M J L L J R
E R U O D A P M O P K E L A U E
R D F L R G H E I J N U O C S B
E J E B D A U N V P L D R E S O
I F I E B A N A Q T E E E D I R
L E B R U N W G R X V P H A E N
O G H T C Z Y E E S A A C R U O
M A N S A R T R Y R U U U M X N
M O N K Q P L I V A I M O E W E
S C O T T E R E U C B E B S D T
M O N T E S P A N I Y R I N C N
N M A Z A R I N T N A U O Z B I
M J I E R B R A M E O R H D I A
L K R E R T O N E L F F E G A M
N E T T E N I O T N A E I R A M

Monsieur Poubelle

The word “poubelle” (meaning trash can) comes from the man who invented it – Eugne Poubelle. He was a bourgeois lawyer, administrator and diplomat from Caen who was the “préfet” of the Seine region of France devoted to introducing methods of hygiene at the end of the 19th century. On March 7, 1884, Mr. Poubelle decreed that owners of buildings must provide three covered containers up to 120 liters to hold household garbage, sorted into perishable items, paper and cloth, crockery and shells. There was resistance at first, due to the expense and the threat to the rag-pickers (“chiffoniers”). By 1890, “poubelle” had become a noun in the Universal Dictionary of the 19th century and “le monsieur” became a household word. (Source/credit: ParlerParis)

In Paris, the street sweepers wear green uniforms, but on La Côte d’AZUR (the blue coast), fashion here dictates a combination of green and blue, bien sûr.  I’m always amused at the old-fashioned brooms, which can also be made of green nylon (color coordination), but after observation, they really seem to work well for gathering all the bits and pieces of street trash and leaves.

What do street cleaners/sweepers wear where you live?

A “French” Manicure

Sephora is a well-known, French brand and chain of cosmetics stores founded in Paris in 1970. Sephora originates from “sephos”, which is Greek for “beauty” and the name Zipporah, the exceptionally beautiful wife of Moses in the Book of Exodus. I love to browse through their store in Nice, which is always full of customers.

I am always surprised that not many women I meet know about “Nail Patch” – an easy-to-apply stick-on nail varnish that lasts about 11 days (depending on the shade you choose, it may last longer).  There is NO need for drying time (see video below) and is removed with nail polish remover.  I have been using this product on and off for years, most recently trying the French manicure (a little more time consuming to apply, but still, easy to do!)

Choices range from pale pink to ruby red and, most recently, patterns such as plaids, stars, and leopard print for the most daring!

VIDEO LINK:
Nail Patch de Sephora sur Sephora… par horloge12

For those of you who prefer liquid nail polish, I recently read a nail tip: dip a cotton ball in vinegar, then swipe it over your unpolished nail. Then apply a base coat, polish, and a top coat as you normally would, to make the polish last longer (I have not tried this, so if you have, let me know if it works.)

Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel

During her brief career as a singer, Gabrielle Chanel performed in clubs in Vichy and Moulins where she was called “Coco.” Some say that the name comes from one of the songs she used to sing, and Chanel herself said that it was a “shortened version of cocotte, the French word for ‘kept woman,” according to an article in The Atlantic.

She opened her first clothes shop in 1910. In the 1920’s, she launched her first perfume and introduced the Chanel suit and the little black dress and revolutionized fashion. In the 1920s, Chanel took her thriving business to new heights. She launched her first perfume, Chanel No. 5, which was the first to feature a designer’s name. Perfume “is the unseen, unforgettable, ultimate accessory of fashion. . . . that heralds your arrival and prolongs your departure,” Chanel once explained.

In 1925, she introduced the now legendary Chanel suit with collarless jacket and well-fitted skirt. Her designs were revolutionary for the time—borrowing elements of men’s wear and emphasizing comfort over the constraints of then-popular fashions. She helped women say good-bye to the days of corsets and other confining garments.

The origin of her legendary symbol “intertwining C’s” HERE

A charming short film (13 minutes) in celebration of Coco Chanel, the iconic & legendary, French fashionista:

Source: biography.com

Do you speak Versaillais?

Match the English phrase with its Versaillais equivalent.

(Trouver la phrase correspondante.)

1. Fancy dress ball                              a. Palefrenier

2. Sutler                                                 b. Tapisserie

3. Farrier                                                c. Bal paré

4. Scoundrel                                          d. Dauphin

5. Coach                                                  e. Cuirasse

6. Harpsichord                                      f. Vivandier

7. Groom                                                  g. Maréchal

8. Frill of a shirt                                     h. Jabot

9. Tapestry                                               i. Manchettes

10. Armored breast plate                    j. Hauts de chausses

11. Eldest son of the king                    k. Faïence

12. Crockery                                            l.  Rigole

13. Small channel                                 m. Carrosse

14. Breeches                                            n. Clavecin

15. Huntsman                                        o. Ecurie

16. Candlestick                                      p. Cavalcade

17. Parlor                                                 q. Bougeoir

18. Chancellor                                       r. Chancelier

19. Arbor                                            s. Levée et couchée du roi

20. Rising and retiring                        t. Salon

21. Horse procession                           u. Bosquet

22. Stables                                               v. Chasseur

23. Foil                                                     w. Fleuret

24. Marsh                                                x. Gredin

25. Cuff ruffle                                        y. Marécage

26. Hamlet                                              z. Le Hameau

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Answers :

1c; 2f ; 3g; 4x; 5m; 6n; 7a; 8h; 9b; 10e; 11d; 12k; 13l; 14j; 15v; 16q; 17t; 18r; 19u; 20s; 21p; 22o; 23w; 24y; 25i; 26z

(Source : fusac.fr)

Burger King Expanding on 3 Locations in France

McDonald’s Le Royal Cheese in France will soon be facing more competition with Burger King signing a deal to expand in the country.

The Miami-based chain said Tuesday that it’s partnering with restaurant operator Groupe Olivier Bertrand to build on its three French locations, which are in travel hubs such as airports. It didn’t specify the financial terms or how many more restaurants it will open, but said the joint venture is expected to create 1,200 jobs in the first year.

Naxicap Partners, a French private equity firm, will have a minority stake in the joint venture.

Burger King re-entered the French market last year after exiting in 1997, said Jose Cil, Burger King’s president of the region encompassing Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The company had had as many as 40 locations in France in the past.

Globally, Burger King Worldwide Inc. has more than 13,000 locations. The company has pointed to McDonald’s 34,000 locations as evidence of how much room it has to grow. But it will be up against the marketing muscle of its much bigger rival in many regions. In France, for example, McDonald’s has more than 1,200 locations.

In the latest quarter, McDonald’s Corp. said sales for Europe rose 0.2 percent at established locations. The company doesn’t break out its performance by country but said France had “solid results.” Burger King reported a 2.4 percent increase in the same period for the region encompassing Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The deal with restaurant operator Groupe Olivier Bertrand is just the latest push by Burger King to rake in more revenue by striking deals with franchise operators overseas. Since owner 3G Capital announced last year that it was taking Burger King public again, the chain has signed deals to open locations in Brazil, China, India, Russia and South Africa.

Franchisees often have flexibility to adapt to local tastes overseas. In Latin America, for instance, McDonald’s often offers condiment bars where customers can top burgers, said Woods Staton, CEO of Arcos Dorados, which operates McDonald’s in the region.

In France, the Quarter Pounder at McDonald’s is called Le Royal Cheese. As for Burger King’s three locations in the country, Cil said there aren’t too many tailored options yet. And he said the company’s flagship burger goes by the same name.

“A Whopper is a Whopper everywhere,” Cil said.

Credit/Source: NEW YORK November 27, 2013 (AP)
By CANDICE CHOI AP Food Industry Writer

Skipping off to Paris

A relevant post, since I’m ‘skipping’ off to Paris, and will be ‘skipping’ through the city to savor it’s beauty and ambiance with child-like wonder.

I am planning to eat at Le Grand Colbert (they also have delicious, authentic chocolat chaud), to enjoy an apero at Le Meurice (original plan was Plaza Athenée, but it is closed for renovation), and bien sûr, to try this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau, after its official release tonight at one minute past midnight (the fourth jeudi (Thursday) in November).

So, here’s to being young at heart…….especially in the ‘City of Light!’ (city of lightS is commonly used, but is not correct)

Do you know why Paris is named the city of light?  Answer/guess in the comment section.

What’s your take on Monaco?

Most visitors to the French Riviera express a desire to see two places in particular: Cannes (due to the famous film festival) and Monaco (due to its reputation for fame & fortune). Interestingly enough, the majority of my friends, who have visited Monaco, were not impressed/disappointed, even referring to it as a “concrete jungle.”

Of course, Monte Carlo has many beautiful sites: the ports, casino square, the rock, and local parks. So, just wondering what’s your impression?

National Day of Monaco – 19 november

Photo credit: Michelle Locke, Associated Press

Photo credit: Michelle Locke, Associated Press – philly.com