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La Défense is a big business district located west of Paris. It’s not far from where I live. It’s only 4 minutes by train. And this is where I was on Monday afternoon. I had taken the girls to the cinema inside the enormous shopping centre. I had two hours to spare so I decided to record this episode right at the foot of the Grande Arche, the building that ends the « axe historique » of Paris. Then I walked and took photos of the different works of art that I had just mentioned in the episode. Including the statue of La Défense by Barrias which gave its name to the district. It 
was erected in 1883 to the glory of the French soldiers of the 1870 war with Prussia.  

You are listening to Cultivate Your French podcast One Slow French episode every week. 
My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. 
All the information about the transcript,notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

 

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You are listening to Cultivate Your French podcast One Slow French episode every week. 
My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. 
All the information about the transcript,notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

Last week-end, the weather was beautiful and I felt the urge to go to Dieppe’s market to buy some good things to eat and spend a nice day by the sea. The five of us woke up early, took a quick breakfast and took our place into the car. 

But before telling you more about this, here is the answer to the riddle. 
We were looking for a person, someone who was very serious and dark, but with an intense expression. Probably a woman. Someone who I mentioned in a previous podcast who became owner of a place by the river Cher. Ah, the place could be the Château de Chenonceau. Then, Diane de Poitiers or Catherine de Medicis? Well, Catherine de Medicis painted by François Clouet in her dark clothes. The painting is taking you by surprise on a narrow wall when you turn to enter a small corridor in one the of the Carnavalet’ rooms. No, she’s not smilling, not even looking at us, but I think there is a kind of pride in her face. Don’t you think?

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My daughters, Micaela, Felicia and I are recording this episode in Paris. We are at the Musée Carnavalet for a visit. Have you ever heard of this Museum? It’s the museum of the History of Paris. it belongs to the city of Paris and it’s free to visit. It has a wonderful collection of paintings and objects from the very old times of Paris to nowadays. 
It’s located in the heart of the Marais in two hôtels particiuliers. One of them belonged to the famous writer of letters,  Madame de Sévigné. 
I have been to this museum several times before its renovation. It reopened in May 2021, we are very happy to visit it today. 
Today’s text is a riddle. Yes, you have to find something that can be seen in the Musée de Carnavalet. 
You can send me your answer to the riddle by Instagram, by email or by SpeakPipe.
https://www.speakpipe.com/OneThingInAFrenchDay

 

My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have. 
All the information about the transcript,notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

 

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Last week,  on Thursday, the weather was perfect for a day trip to Les Rousses, the largest ski resort of the Jura. Have you ever heard of the Jura? This region is situated above the Alps, going North. It gave its name to the Jurassic period. It was a tropical region a long long time ago, with palm trees and warm seas. This is where we are spending our holidays. We love this region. Maybe have you heard of its famous cheeses : Comté, Morbier, bleu de Gex? Well, you might hear some cows in this episode! 
As I did last week, I record this episode in the garden of the house we’ve rented for two weeks. I hope it won’t rain. 

My name is Laetitia, I’m French, I live just outside Paris and I share with you a small slice of my daily life here in France. I have also been running the podcast One Thing In A French Day since 2006
All the information about the transcripts, notes and photos is available at www.cultivateyourfrench.com

 

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