Happy New Year!

If breakfast is the most important meal of the day, we better start the first breakfast of 2015 with something especially delicious. http://vimeo.com/115819691 From our home to yours....we hope you all had a very merry Christmas and an amazing new year!  We definitely will as we count down the days to the wedding!

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Help!

In the case of an emergency, you should have these telephone numbers saved so you can contact police enforcement or get medical assistance in France (it is free to call them, even on pay phones): SERVICE TELEPHONE Medical help/SAMU 15 Police/Police Nationale 17 Fire & accident/Sapeurs Pompiers 18 SOS - all services (calling from a mobile) 112 The caller must (there

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Bridal Shower

Unexpected showers of rain, countless handmade decorations, fresh baked pastries, a whirlwind of vendors....what could go wrong?  Well, absolutely nothing.  My wonderful bridesmaids ensured that I would have the most perfect bridal shower, and they delivered!  I'm the luckiest bride-to-be because these creative women fulfilled my every requests and wishes (no matter how crazy it sounded).  Josie, the maid-of-honor, even

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Beware of Pickpockets!

Pickpocketing is a common problem in Europe that almost everyone has either experienced themselves or know someone who has. TripAdvisor had a few helpful pointers to avoid getting pickpocketed yourself. Here are the highlights: Belongings should be out of sight and difficult for others to access. Do not keep anything in exterior pockets or back pockets. Do not carry passports

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*Cough*

"Winter is coming" (more like it's already here) so I thought it would be important to teach you guys some helpful phrases just in case you need medical attention or if you catch a cold/flu and need to purchase medicine. General: La pharmacie: The pharmacy Un médicament: A medicine Le docteur or le médecin: The Doctor Une ambulance: An ambulance

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Shops and Stores in France

Eating Related: une épicerie: A small grocery store le marché: The farmer's market le supermarché: The supermarket une hypermarché: A superstore, giant supermarket le bar: The bar le bistro: The small restaurant la boucherie: The butcher shop la boulangerie: The bakery le cafe: The coffee shop la charcuterie: The pork butcher la confiserie: The candy store la crémerie, la laiterie: The dairy store la fromagerie: The cheese

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What Not To Do In France

I stumbled on this YouTube video of these two French sisters who had great advice for foreigners traveling to France by listing the things NOT TO DO... http://youtu.be/5RQvzBtBKQQ Here's a summary of the video plus some additions I feel are important: French people do not hug, instead they kiss each others' cheeks (both cheeks ranging from 1-4 times dependent on

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Bridal Shower Etsy Gift Registry

I have been notified by my Maid of Honor that the bridal shower invitations will be mailed shortly this week.  For those asking about the gift registry, please go to the below link or search on Etsy for the registery "Cat Tran and Rich Lenke": http://www.etsy.com/registry/MjM3Nzk2MXwxMDU1NDIxMA/ Thank you in advance for your attendance and gifts!

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Un café, s’il vous plaît

Speaking of French coffee, a must-do in Paris is to enjoy coffee at an outdoors café and people watch.  If you are American, this can be disastrous if you order the wrong kind of coffee!  Here is a list of coffee terminology to ensure you order what you intended: Un café: A single black espresso coffee (NOT A REGULAR COFFEE!)

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Coffee Break French

"Learn a language on your coffee break!" I had several French friends recommend the podcast Coffee Break French where there are step-by-step lessons on speaking French.  The lessons are short so you can learn French while you have a break from your daily routine.  Though you can purchase the lessons for bonus material, I think just listening to the free

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