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22 September 2008


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Gosh! What a great post. The best Provence guide ever :-)

I used to visit France every year for such a long time, but not any more. Prevented from real travels I so much enjoy your blog.

Ooh La La keep these fabulous french lessons coming our way.
I love them
C'est cool
Love you

Wwwwwwwwwonderful. Thankyou. I KNEW the R was left out. Merci dear C!

wow...wonderful post! I feel like I just finished a two hour history lesson!


Do you know about The Paris Blog?

It is a wonderful joint effort by 20 or so Americans living in Paris.

Here is the website:


I'm telling you Corey, you should write a book about France. It's so interesting and fun!! I love it all!! I keep saying that, but it's true.
Thank you for all of your wonderful answers.

I think you should have a prize for ploughing through all those queries!!!
My brother is has been living and renovating a very rural property in the Gers region and your lovley pictures remind me of my visits there....I however am truly hopeless with the language and like you say.. smile a lot!!!

Thanks...ops!! Merci!!

You are amazing for taking the time to answer some really good questions. Great reading.

I love O-Chateau blog - it is hysterical.

Wow, Corey, you did answer alot of questions,,thank you,,,I think I will read it again! I am a loyal, but no pressure, you don't "have" to post everyday,,sigh,,ok I'm lying,,I am addicted to your post. You are a real gem, I am so ready for a guessing game. Thanks for the other links too! Blessings in your day!

I plowed through it all. It's interesting to see what others are curious about. And I soooooo want to know what happened with Eva and Mathieu. I sense a happy ending. :)

Thank you Corey. So wonderful reading it all... How long did this take you?? You are really amazing in more ways than one...I hope to meet you in France one day and share a capuccino and croissant in your village cafe.It would be a lovely dream come true!

I read it all. I loved it. You're a wealth of information! Thanks for sharing. I don't think my 16 year old son would make it to school if he had an hour commute. :o) But I could be wrong. Tell Sacha I think he's amazing.

Dear Corey,
I appreciate that so many other blog friends asked you all these questions. Thanks for taking the time to answer. It was a very enjoyable post to read.
Your blog is a lovely daily treat.
(Which by the way, is prounounced more like Deu..neez by all my french speaking relatives.. (if I spelled that sound out correctly.)

Corey, the effort you've taken to answer so many questions is SO appreciated! I love picturing all the things you talk about. Can't wait for tomorrow's guessing game...

So informative - thanks for carefully answering all the questions!

Corey ~

I thoroughly enjoyed this post. How kind of you to so patiently answer all these questions.

I've always wondered about the kiss the cheek thing they do....???????????? Is there a protocol for which cheek to kiss first? And I notice it is one cheek, the other cheek and then back to the first one.......is this just a greeting upon meeting or is it also done at departure????? Is there historical significance to this custom?

What a MAJOR post!

I would add that beyond the Carte de Séjour, being really fluent in the French language seems to be awfully important, especially in smaller towns -- perhaps more so than truly mastering English in the UK or USA is for finding a job.

Enjoyed every bit of it Corey ~ Thank you for taking the time to respond to all the questions.

Wow Corey, well done. You really have captured the essence of the place. Go and put your feet up you deserve it :)


What a great post. I read it all and I pronounce you Madame la Franco-Américaine!

The best of both worlds.


Oh Corey ,I read all the questions and I loved them . They show so much interest and curiosity , this feels so good . I find it so nice of you to answer all of them . The question about the best way to learn english made me laugh but I can assure your reader Cindy that it's true : for me it was Frank Sinatra who did the trick , his diction is marvellous ! ;-)

Very interesting post...
Of course, I read it all!!!

Happy Monday, dear Corey...

What kind of heat do you have? is it a fireplace? Do you use fans in the summer?

I read it all...and I'm neither amazing nor loyal!

I just love your stories!

I totally agree with your best method for learning French. Nothing can beat it!

What a lot of time that took, to do the entry you posted today. I read it all, too, and my heart flew across the water. I've only visited France briefly and would like to think that one day I might return. Meanwhile, I have your daily blog to look forward to.......your efforts are fully appreciated.

Thank you Corey, that was so great. I think I love your town, natural springs and hundred year old homes, sound devine.

Now I have a question, do you ever post photos of your street, not to point out your home, but to see your view.

always manage to sneak it in huh? ;0

"I have taken the best of both places and
created my own special place called home."
Corey, I am a transplant from NY to South Carolina and I will take your quote as my mantra. I miss the north, especially when it comes to my politics. The south has been my home for 19 years, am I supposed to be miserable because I'm no longer a "New Yorker"? Isn't life what we make it, after all? I am coming back to France for a visit if it is the last thing I do and you and I will drink wine with our handsome husbands! That is on my list of things to do before I'm 50. (I'm 43 and a half)

Awesome post my friend! I'm addicted to your blog and have forwarded it on to about 20 of my closest friends. Thanks for taking the time to answer all of those questions with perfection. It was like a non~boring, wonderful lesson... ;)

Thank you for answering all of these questions, Corey! Now as for Mathieu and Eva... I understand you are sworn to secrecy, so here is my guess: they are getting married and don't want us to know until AFTER the ceremony! =))))))))

oh, my cup is full now - love that you took the time to answer all these questions. And thanks for including mine! Can't wait to see your daughter's pics.

Wonderful post, Corey! I spent a summer studying in Nice many years ago and remember our first breakfast there. A bowl was placed in front of us and we wondered where the cereal was! We quickly learned that un bol is for coffee. I'm sure Madame was left shaking her head at our manners during those first few days! Some day I hope to visit Provence again.

Thank you Corey for your patience with all of us who want to know everything! Blessings, Kimberly

We were in Paris for 2 days and saw Versailles, too, but I don't really feel as though I've been there, since the trip was so short. I'd really love to go back and spend some time in smaller cities, as well as Paris. I enjoyed reading your answers. You are so generous with yourself.

Absolutely fascinating... loved the questions posed and the answers... thank you for taking us through many of the French traditions and its lovely history...

Tres Magnifique!!!



Corey - it was such fun to read everyone's questions and all your answers! You must have been on the computer for hours! :)


I loved reading through all the questions and answers you gave in this post. I have a romantic view of France and nothing you said dispelled my ideas. hehe

Oh...I read every word! how absolutely, well...French!

Thank you!

Like most of your loyal readers, I too read every question and answer. Thank you for taking the time to quench our curiosity. Your guessing games are always fun, I anticipate it.

What a fabulous french lesson....thank you Corey!!

What a fabulous french lesson....thank you Corey!!

Corey, How perfectly wonderful of you to answer so many questions. It's so great to be able get a transplanted American's view of France, knowing you can kind of see it as we would. Please keep giving us all these great little French "lessons".
Your blog is such a pleasure! Thanks for you generosity.
Sandra B.

When my daughter was in middle school, she learned to read and speak Japanese by reading and watching Japanese Anime.

I recall seeing a few housing developments when I was in France, however they were still very French to me.


Corey, thank you for the multitude of answers, to the great questions asked of you. I'm loving France so much more...one thing though, are washing machines/dryers smaller than their American counterpart?

Oh, Corey, thanks so much for all of your answers! I think we'd all love to be expats for, at least, a little while ;)

How delightful that perhaps love is still in the air for Mathieu and Eva.

Corey, this has been delightful to read.

I am so glad to know I am not the only one who wonders about the intricacies of daily life in other places, like whether or not people commute!

Corey, That was wonderful! Thank you for taking the time todo that!

My husband has been to Paris three times this year and now there is the possibility that a transfer could happen. Reading that was very reassuring!

Thank you for taking the time to answer my question and so many others!

I greatly enjoyed reading through your post,
in the course of the day. All very interesting questions and answer. The question about "identity" is probably the one that is most intriguing to me. I feel myself at home in and a sense of "loyalty" to more than one country, and see this as a gift and enrichment.

Reading the question about the quality of water, I feel incredibly blessed. The water here comes straight from deep within a mountain, and is therefore of superb quality. No shlepping gallons of spring water for decent tea! I am surprised at the fervor with which Austrians like to buy bottled water, though, but it is an innocent enough indulgance. ;-)

Greetings Corey,

Thank you for all your "French Lessons" our Mom's will have such a great trip there next year!


"I have taken the best of both places and created my own special place called home." - beautiful!

wow. that was amazing. you bring the details to life, and remind me so much of living in sweden. some traits the europeans just share i guess. ah, now i'm homesick :)

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