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We are on holidays this week, we came back to the Jura region. Micaela, Felicia and Lisa were eagers to go to the Centre Equestre and ride horses. 
On Tuesday afternoon, Pietro and I went to the village of Etival for a botanical walk with the guide Eric Wolff. He’s a nature guide and we know him from last year. They were five of us to follow him to the Mont Paradis, a hill situated just outside the village. On the way, we regurlaly stopped to have a look at different shrubs with fruits.  Eric Wolff gave us some explanation about those fruits, but he also told us about some stories about the village. For example, the famous stay in Etival in 1912 of the painters Francis Picabia, Marcel Duchamps and the poet Guillaume Apollinaire. He also told us that the name Etival comes a word in latin that means « Summer » because a Roman legion was staying there every summer. We finally got on the Mont Paradis which used to be a pasture. This is where today’s episode starts.

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Today, I won’t be the one speaking. My daughter Micaela, nearly 15, asked me if she could tell you about her French class. She started lycée this year. In French class, as for every class, there is program to follow. The first part of this program is poetry, starting from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Micaela’s teacher has elected to have them study examples of « Poésie lyrique » (the one written with verses) in class and « Poésie en prose » (in which there are no verses) at home by asking them to read « Le parti pris des choses » from Francis Ponge. She’s going to tell you about discovering this author and reading his « recueil de poèmes » at home. At the end of the reading there’s been a test in class and Micaela is also supposed to write a poem « à la manière de » Francis Ponge. We are on holidays now, she has to give her poem to the teacher when she comes back to the lycée. 


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In September, I met Antoine Lescombe. He’s a luthier. He rented me a small viola da gamba for Lisa. I asked him if he would agree to speak about his work for the podcast. He said yes! I was very happy. Antoine Lescombe is the head of a workshop with 3 others luthiers in Caen, Normandy. His « atelier de lutherie » makes violions, restores and takes care of insturments. Antoine Lescombe also adjusts intruments for demanding professionnals.

I’m sure you’ll enjoy his nice way of speaking, so it’s him that you are going to hear in the second part of this podcast. In this episode he tells us about the typical day of an instrument maker. What would you bet his favourite part of the day is? morning afternoon or late evening? You will get the answer. 

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I hope you are well and happy.
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The rentrée was so intense that I totally forgot to tell about the things that I brought back from my holidays. They were, all of them in a tote bag, hidden under my desk. I discovered it last week-end when I decided to tidy my work place. What’s in that bag? I asked myself.

I found some paper cords, some paper bags to cook chicken in your oven, maps of the Jura region, my summer note book. Taking this things out of the bag gave me an idea. I could take each thing out of the bag in front of my camera for you my listener. This is how this episode became a video episode on the Cultivate Your French YouTube channel. As it is a slow French podcast, I decided that I could not overwhelm you with too much things. So I concentrate on the things about Paris. 

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