Europe, France, Travel, Wander

Fromage, Baguette, & French

going old school here with my printed French textbooks and dictionary

I’m not French but I consume an incredibly excessive amount of Fromage (cheese) and Baguette (a long thin loaf of French bread). It’s so sinful that the only way I can redeem myself and carry on with this overindulgence is by learning French.

So just a month ago together with my overly baked enthusiasm, I signed myself up for intensive French lessons (and with much pain a daily dose of traffic, too).

Imagine how thrilled I was when the professor started teaching us this power phrase “Je voudrais” or “I would like”.

Je voudrais de pain et du fromage, s’il vous plait.

(I would like some bread and cheese, please.)

I felt like I’m almost fluent in French.

Sweetheart, I think I’m ready to go back to France!

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so glad our Gaperon D’Auvergne survived the long haul flight :) although it lost its dome like shape in the process

Apart from using French language proficiency as a license to overindulge on pain et fromage, here are

5 More Reasons Why You Should Learn French

  1. French is a world language spoken by more 200 million people across 5 continents. 29 countries consider it as one of their official languages.
  2. One of the working and official languages of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross, and international courts is French.
  3. French and English language proficiency open you up to international job markets such as Canada, Switzerland, and Belgium.
  4. If you love traveling and dream of going to the world’s #1 tourist destination, Paris, your trip will be more enjoyable and insightful when you speak the local language.
  5. French is also called the language of love and reason. More than any language, it has the most words and expressions related to love. Its melodious sound makes the simplest statement sound so interesting.

Let me share with you some of our photos from Paris, Versailles, and Fontainebleau to get us motivated to learn française :)

A Quick Snapshot of Touristy Paris

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Tour D’Eiffel and a view of the streets of Paris from Arc d’Triomphe

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an evening walk passing by the Louvre

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the Winged Victory of Samothrace is one of the masterpieces of Hellenistic sculpture found in the Louvre Museum

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Notre Dame Cathedral & Pont Neuf

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climbing up the Arc d’Triomphe

A Day Trip to Versailles

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holding the sole of my boots which gave up while touring Versailles

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on self-timer, the era before selfies

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they were about to close the hall of mirrors and luckily Jeff got this shot just right after the tourists were sent away

Friends Exploring Fontainebleau

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If you’re still not convinced about learning French, well at least sample some French cheeses. Sofitel Spiral Restaurant has a great selection of French cheese for tasting. Last year for Bastille Day (July 14) they brought in 101 different kinds of French cheese worth Php1 million. :)

Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila Hotel is just very close to SM Mall of Asia (MOA). Here’s their address and phone number.

Barangay 1, CCP Complex Roxas Boulevard, Pasay – Manila, 1099 Metro Manila  (02) 551 5555

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just in case you’re coming from the airport

That’s it for now. Avoir! A bientôt!