Camille Rowe on French vs American Behavior

Seeing as it’s Sunday I thought I’d share a little something with you that made me laugh as I was eating my cereal this morning.

There have been so many blog posts and books written in recent years comparing the differences of French and American women, and while I have a few theories of my own, I especially loved this short video where French/American model and actress Camille Rowe acts out a few different scenarios.

I think my favorite is the one where she gives directions…SO SO TRUE. And the selfie one…that is definitely a cultural difference. Which one did you prefer?

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Art History at Sorbonne-Paris IV

Last week I finally started classes at Paris IV. I’ve been trying to think of clever and fun things to say about them, but I’m drawing a blank. Perhaps it is because I have had to use my brain a lot more this week than normal? Anyway, here’s the basic gist:

1) These classes are very challenging. I don’t feel overly qualified, nor do I know where how my art history knowledge matches up to the other students. Also the language barrier can be a problem. Continue reading

Farewell à Tours!

Our last days in Tours were lovely and leisurely. A part of me feels like I should have done something grand – like visit all the museums or bike out to the Chateau de Villandry, but I didn’t really feel like it. (Nor did I feel especially like doing my homework, but I was better about that.) I’m not usually very apathetic, but in the end, I decided that I wanted my connection with Tours to be a more habitual one, and that’s what it became.

Every afternoon, I wandered to my favorite café at Place Plumereau and ordered a café Continue reading

First day of school!

Well…sort of. Kind of. By which I mean, this post will be summary of the first few days of classes here in Tours. I think I mentioned this, but we have 2 weeks of light coursework before we get to Paris. Basically it’s the program’s safety net, insuring that we won’t flunk out of the Parisian universities, and it’s designed to build our French back up after the long summer (during which most of us didn’t speak/read/write/study French). We all have 2 classes: Continue reading