Ken Saxon in France

A 63-year-old, unemployed and forced into early retirement, now drawing Social Security and one other even smaller retirement check, and living cheaply on the French Riviera, eating great food, drinking superb but inexpensive wines, losing weight, getting healthy, soaking up some sun, learning a new word a day in French, going to wonderful jazz and blues concerts, meeting new French friends, and wondering why Bacillus francophobus is so virulent in the United States.

Rocket French Is A Reliable Program In Learning French

Learning of languages is very important because it is thought that those people who learn more languages enhance their intelligence to many folds. Besides, internet technology has made the world a global village and the one may encounter with the people of other languages and cultures quite often. France is the country that has the largest population in world so it is needless to mention that the one may encounter French speaking people more often. Moreover, France is the largest market for the world commodities so all those firms that want to excel in France should have an understanding of French language.

No firm can attract local consumers in foreign language so French language should be given due importance by firms. Learning of French language is also helpful in understanding French culture that is very important for market economy and it can for sure be said that language is an important aspect of culture. Learning of French language is also important for all those who want to make a research upon France.

France is progressing very fast and is a competing bigger economy now but the one cannot get benefits from French success without knowing French language. French language learning has thought to be a very tough task a short while ago but internet has made it easy for people to learn this language online. There are a number of courses available online for learning French but there are only few of them that can be helpful in getting versatile knowledge. The one may face different situations and he has to be aware from different aspects of language and vocabulary. The one may embarrass in a hotel if he knows basic vocabulary for doing business or he may find a difficulty while doing shopping in market. So, the one should decide for a French language course that could help him to know versatile words.

Rocket French is a course that is available online and it is preferred by a great many people due to its versatility of words. It is a course that is interactive and it aims at improving all the aspects of language. Rocket French course helps in speaking and improving of French language. Rocket French helps people to speak French language in natural accent and it enhances the confidence of learners to many folds. Rocket French is the best course for enhancing French vocabulary. Learning a language is incomplete unless the one is incapable of understanding the native accent and Rocket French has included audio courses in its syllabus. There are all but one thousand words of vocabulary included in Rocket French course. Mega French software games are included in Rocket French course and it not only helps students to enhance vocabulary but they can also add different new words in the games too.

Rocket French is an amazing online course. This course consists of audio lessons that will surely help you to master this language.


A Guide to Education and Schooling in France

How education in France is structured

Maternelle (Nursery) not compulsory

age 3 > 4 = Petite Section

age 4 > 5 = Moyenne Section

age 5 > 6 = Grande Section

Ecole Primaire (Primary) compulsory

age 6 > 7 = Cours Preparatoire or CP (11e)

age 7 > 8 = Cours Elementaire premiere annee CE1 (10e)

age 8 > 9 = Course Elementaire deuxieme annee CE2 (9e)

age 9 > 10 = Cours Moyenne premiere annee CM1 (8e)

age 10 > 11 = Course Moyenne deuxieme annee CM2 (7e)

College (Secondary)

age 11 > 12 = Sixieme 6e

age 12 > 13 = Cinquieme 5e

age 13 > 14 = Quatrieme 4e

age 14 > 15 = Troisieme 3e

Lycee (College)

age 15 > 16 = Seconde 2e

See note1

age 16 > 17 = Premiere 1e

age 17 > 18 = Terminale Term/Tle

1 Whilst education is compulsory from age 6 up to age 16, at age 15 the student can decide to either attend Lycee until the age of 18 (to gain the Baccalaureat), or choose a shorter vocational option at a different institution. Although education is compulsory from the age of 6 most children do attend from 2 1/2 or 3 years old either on a part time or full time basis as long as they are toilet trained.

Key Points to Note:

Registering your child -

The age of your child at the end of the calendar year will determine which class they enter, whilst the school year runs from Sept to July (ie children born in 2002 will be in the 2008/9 CP class).

Registering your child - For Maternalle and Primaire you can register your child at the local Mairie, and for secondary school you will need to contact the administrative head of the educational district (Rectorat).

To register you will need to take along the childs birth certificate, proof of parents identity (copy of passports), health records (children need to be vaccinated against tuberculosis (BCG), diptheria, tetanus, pertussis (DTP) and Polio), utility bill showing home address, and copy of insurance policy (assurance scolaire). Some schools may insist documents are translated into French.

The School Day -

Maternalle and Primaire schools follow a 4 day (24 hour) week, over Mon, Tue, Thu and Fri. An extra 2 hours per week is available to children with difficulties. Typically the hours are 9am to 4.30, with a leisurely 90mins for lunch.

At Maternalle and Primaire level, your child can either use the canteen, or be collected and taken home for lunch. There are usually no packed-lunches allowed.

For secondary schools, typical times are 8.30am to 5pm with 90mins for lunch, but this will vary. Also variable are the days of attendance, depending on the area. However, in most areas there is no school on a Wednesday afternoon, and children generally follow a hobby or sport, with many clubs geared up for Wednesday sessions.

Most schools operate a school bus service (details can be obtained from the Mairie).

At all levels Children are evaluated at the end of each term, and the teacher may recommend either advancing a year, where students are performing very well, whether they are on course to pass the year, or whether the year will need to be repeated (redoublement). The latter is quite common, and this is designed to help the child progress, and without any stigma attached.

There are two kinds of private education options available -

Sous Contrat is a private school with publicly funded teaching staff, following the national curriculum. Parents are asked to pay an annual fee as low as 400 euro.

Hors Contrat describes a private school not funded by the government, and who are free to set their own curriculum, but fees can start from around 8,000 euro per year.

Lycee -

Students who choose to complete their secondary education at Lycee, will go on to sit the Baccalaureate (which is the equivalent of A-Levels in England and Wales) in order to enter university. Other options are to take a shorter Brevet dEtudes Professionel (BEP), or a Certificate d'Aptitude Professionelle (CAP), both vocational options.

Higher Education

Higher education is split into two main categories:

Grandes Ecoles - These are considered prestigious institutions, and selection exercises are very competitive. These focus on single subject areas (such as engineering) and produce the elite of the various professions.

Universities - Traditional universities

Universities in Poitou Charentes

University of Poitiers - Founded originally in 1431 by Pope Eugene IV, this university is the beating heart of the Capital of Poitou Charentes. The institution covers most major fields through its network of departments, institutions and faculties.

University of La Rochelle - Founded in 1993, this is the youngest university in France. Three main schools focussing on Languages, Arts and Human Sciences, but also linked to other business-focussed colleges.

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France: Some Great Reasons to Visit This Wonderful Country

Why France?

France has always been one of the most popular destinations for British tourists, due to its close proximity, affordable accommodation and rich culture. So let's look more closely at what exactly keeps France consistently one of the world's more popular holiday locations.

Let's look at some of the most popular attractions:


Disney Park and Disney Studios are two theme parks which attract over 25 million visitors each year, where the children can meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse and all of the other famous Disney characters. Although entrance to the park is not cheap, the value for money is incredible as well as the unforgettable memories made. Located to the East of Paris you can easily spend several days there, with a range of self catering holiday homes in the surrounding region.

Le Pont du Gard

With more than 1 million visitors each year, the 80km long aqueduct which carries fresh water from Cevennes to the town of Nimes, is a World Heritage site. There is an attractive visitor centre with shops, restaurants and children's centre, to keep everyone entertained. It is an excellent day out if you are staying in Provence of the Cote d'Azur.

Le Mont St-Michel

This dream like island is situated off the east coast of Brittany and is joined to the mainland by a causeway which is covered at high tide. At the top of the island is a historic monastery, with tourist shops on route to it. Le Mont St-Michel is the most popular attraction in France and is a great place to go if you are staying in Normandy or Brittany. From a distance, obscured by heat haze and humid air, Le Mont St-Michel appears as though a magical city floating in the clouds.

Haribo sweet museum

With old machines and sweets on display, the Musee du Bonbon is a great family day out, to discover a vivid depiction of the history of sweets. Location in Uzes, it is a great place to visit if you are staying in the Gard area.

So as you can see France not only offers a range of attraction but also a wealth of stunning beaches and beautiful towns up and down the country. But how about getting there?

The food!

Of course the food is another thing to mention. French cuisine is undoubtedly one of the best in the world. When in France it is almost certain that you will come across a food market, packed full of fine wines, fresh bread and French cheese. Why not try a croissant for breakfast, chicken and roasted vegetables for lunch and a beautiful selection of French meats and olives for dinner, something hard to resist.

Getting to France.

It's so cheap to travel over or under the channel these days, by car, train or ferry. It is really cheap if you hire a car or take your own to discover places in the north. However, flights are becoming more and more affordable, allowing you to get to the pristine and lush beaches in the south. Rent a holiday villa in France to save that little bit extra, and you can treat yourself to some luxurious French cuisine.

Many people learn French whilst at school, giving you a basic vocabulary to take abroad with you. Although most French people will be able to speak English, they always appreciate you trying to order your frites, in French for example.

France is a place to go at any time of the year, whether you go skiing in December or relax on the Southern coast during July, you will not be disappointed by the wealth of opportunities for you to explore.

France is a great place to visit, but there are hundreds of wonderful holiday to be had around the world. Wherever you go, Pure Holiday Homes has Holiday Villas, Cottages and Apartments to rent - for the perfect holiday experience.

Festivals in Provence, France - 2011

You know that feeling, one minute you're driving through the winding streets of a peaceful Provencal village admiring fountains and chapels and deciding on a spot for lunch, the next, you're surrounded by a raucous crowd and being shepherded down a flight of steps with more sheep than you can shake a (French) stick at. To save your blushes, and to help you make the most of Provence's intriguing calendar of local events and festivals, here's my rundown of some of the best.

Fete du Citron, Menton

18th Feb - 9th Mar

Actually located on the Cote D'Azur just a few miles up the road from Monaco, but for a few weeks every year from Mid-February to March, the coastal town of Menton hosts the second biggest celebration in the South of France (after the Nice Carnival, but before the F1 Grand Prix). Over 230,000 people come to see 145 tons of citrus fruit cut, squeezed and carved into a series of elaborate floats and statues.

Hivernales Dance Festival, Avignon

24th Feb - 5th Mar

Those with an interest in performance art must check out this spectacular contemporary dance festival in the city of Avignon. Each year there is an unmissable programme which showcases the latest and most dynamic work from the best choreographers in the U.S, Cuba, France, Canada, Belgium, Argentina and Brazil.

The Roman Games, Nimes

23rd, 24th and 25th April

Roman life flourished in the South of France, and the city of Nimes is littered with more historical evidence than most. At Easter, the amphitheatre will once again come to life with the sound of the games as the city puts on the biggest historical re-enactment event in the region. Roman legionnaires, Celts, the Imperial Court, auxiliaries, cavalrymen and war chariots will all be paraded through the streets in this unique celebration. A must for the kids.

Fete de la Transhumance, Saint-Remy

Pentecost Monday, May

The Festival of Transhumance marks the seasonal movement of people and their livestock to pastures new. To celebrate this local shepherds in traditional dress drive thousands of sheep through the streets of Saint-Rémy and put on impressive sheepdog displays before the flock is divided up and driven through the town to their new grounds.

International Festival of Extreme Sports, Montpellier

13th - 16th May

If the kids are slightly beyond Roman legions and sheepdogs, how about checking out this awesome 4 day competition in cosmopolitan Montpellier? Featuring some of the world's best Skateboarders, BMXers and Wakeboarders, the action kicks off with the heats on Thursday and progresses through a knockout competition with the final on Sunday.

Les Choregies d'Orange, Orange

Selected dates from 9th July - 2nd August

A series of classical music events set within one of the world's best-preserved Roman theatres is the scene for the oldest festival in France. The remarkable theatre still features exceptional acoustics and seating for up to 9,000. This year the festival will be based on the work of Verdi and Beethoven.

Fete de Vin, Gordes

Beginning August

What compilation of French festivals would be complete without mention of wine, and what better place to taste the excellent local produce than in picture-postcard Gordes? The Wine Festival is held on the first Sunday of August in the gardens of this idyllic hilltop town with spectacular views towards the valleys and vineyards of the region.

Fetes Daudet (Daudet Festival), Fontvieille

Mid August

A festival in honour of the French Novelist Alphonse Daudet, who was born in the nearby town of Nimes. His "Lettres de Mon Moulin" referenced the windmill in Fontvielle and brought him to the attention of readers across France. Every August the town celebrates with a torch-lit procession and folk dancing outside the mill.

Fete des Olives, Mouries

Mid August

In a further celebration of local excellence, the town of Mouries, known as the "Olive Oil capital of France", honours the Green Olive every September by virtue of a procession in traditional dress and mass tastings of this exceptional local product.

Nautical Parade, Isle sur la Sorgue

Mid August

Antiques are relegated to second place on this occasion as the town focuses its collective attention on the beautiful nautical parade. Grab a table at one of the many waterside cafes and enjoy the evening procession of lit-up flower covered floats. There are prizes for the winners as well as local honour being at stake, so look out for some pretty audacious designs.

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A Surefire Way - Learn to Speak French

French is said to be the language of love and is spoken in places all over the world. There are surefire ways to learn to speak French that can be quite fun and don't have to be difficult at all. There are products out there like the Rosetta Stone and other learning CDs that you listen to and then repeat what is said They are a surefire way to learn to speak French. There are also numerous books and internet resources that can help.

The Rosetta Stone is an excellent way to learn French. Unlike other learning methods, the Rosetta Stone envelops you in the language from the beginning. The idea is that you learn the language just like you learned your native tongue as a child. You are shown pictures of things and the French name for them is spoken in the background. You soon learn to associate images with words, just as you did as a child. The Rosetta Stone learning system has helped many people easily learn a foreign language.

Another way to learn how to speak French is to listen to recordings that say French words and what they mean in English and then you repeat them. This method has been used for many years and a lot of people have had success with it. It may be simple but it is quite an effective way to learn the French language. At the end of the day it is probably best to combine the above methods to learn French.

Of course, another admittedly more expensive, but absolutely delightful and surefire way of learning to speak French is to visit France or another French speaking location like Luxembourg, Quebec or southern Belgium for a lengthened period of time. In those places you can learn by what is referred to as "immersion," living every moment among French-speaking people and learning the French culture as well. The great advantage of using the on location "immersion" method is that you will not only learn to speak French like a native, but you will learn the French-speaking way of life. Through using the on location "immersion" method you will also feel French when you speak French.

In any case, whether you choose the Rosetta Stone, CDs or "immersion," with dedication you will have learned a surefire way of speaking the French language--the world wide language of love.

Copyright (c) 2011 Sandra Tiffany

Sandra Tiffany travels to France every summer and has perfected her surefire way of learning French through the Rosetta Stone approach, through CDs and through "immersion" by living in France for a lengthened periods of time. On the site there are speak French e-books, games, articles, French dictionaries, translations and "Deal of the Day" surprises.


The Wine Regions of France

The English and the French have had their disagreements in the past, but most English people would agree, albeit begrudgingly, that the best wine in the world comes from across the channel. More than two million acres of French land is turned over to the vine, which translates into a staggering amount of bottles. Although second to Spain in area of cultivated vineyards, France rightly claims to be the world's largest wine producer, with the Languedoc-Roussilion region in the South alone, producing more wine than the entire United States.

By the time Jesus turned water to wine, viticulture in France had been established for many centuries. It was the Greeks who started it all with their colonization of Marseille, and later the Romans were all too willing to pick up the baton and run with it. In the Middle Ages, Monks were the guardians of the wine-makers skills. They not only made wine for their own use, but also sold it to a grateful public, who considered wine from the monasteries to be of the finest quality. Today, French wine producers are protected and policed by the 'Institut National des Apellations d'Origine', who make sure that a wine meets with the strict guidelines imposed.

Wine producers throughout the country are naturally proud of their world renowned product, and rightly so, with each region having its distinctive taste and style.

Alasace, in Eastern France shares the Rhine River with Germany, and is predominantly an area concerned with the production of white wine. Many grape varieties used in this region are also employed by the Germans.

Bordeaux on the other hand is a producer of red wine, although it does boast some of the world's most famous sweet whites, such as Chateau d'Yquem and Barsac. The well known red wine producer, Chateau Lafite lies in this area. Situated on the Atlantic coast, Bordeaux has a long tradition of wine exportation, which I suspect will continue for many years hence.

In Burgundy, red and white wines share equal billing, with Cote d'Or being the most famous and possibly one of the most expensive too. The three main varietal wines in Burgundy are Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Aligote. Beaujolais, although in the Burgundy area is quite often considered as a separate region. Here, red wine is king, Beaujolais Nouveau is the only wine that can be consumed in the year of its production. White wines are made in Chablis, which also comes under the jurisdiction of Burgundy.

Champagne in the east of France has the coldest climate of all the major wine regions. Although a small quantity of 'still' wine is made, the region is of course famous for its sparkling wines.

Corsica produces a local wine that very rarely leaves the shores of the Mediterranean island. It has nine of its own wine regions and a vin de pays designation system in place.

The lesser known Jura is a mountainous region near Switzerland where Vin Jaune and Vin de Paille are produced. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape varieties are used here.

Languedoc Roussillon has the largest growing area in France and is responsible for the large amount of cheap wine produced in the country. As mentioned earlier, more wine is produced in this region than the whole of the United States of America.

The Loire Valley produces mainly white wines along the stretch of the Loire river in central and western France. It is divided into the four sub-regions of Sauvignon Blanc, Touraine, Anjou-Saumar and Pays Nantais. Chenin Blanc and Cabernet Franc originate from Touraine, whilst Sancerre is from the Upper Loire (Sauvignon Blanc).

Provence lies in a temperate zone on the South-east coast and is the home of Bandol, where the now famous wine festival is held every December.

The Rhone Valley is primarily a producer of red wine with the north and south areas differing in style.

Lying between lakes and mountains, The Savoie or Savoy region makes white wines in an alpine region close to Switzerland.

The South West of France is home to such names as Bergerac, Cotes de Gascogne and Armagnac.

The regions mentioned above are the major wine producers of France, however there are many more smaller areas that lie outside of these, especially in the north of the country.

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Le Tour De France

Le Tour de France was raced for the first time in 1903. One hundred plus years after its inauguration, it is the world's largest bicycle race. Each year, for 23 days in July, hundreds of cyclists pedal their way across France. Typically, the race covers more than 3,500 kilometers or 2,200 miles.

The race itself consists of 21 separately scored stages. At the end of the race, whoever has the lowest combined time over the 21 separate stages is declared the winner. During the race, the leader wears the Maillot Jaune, the yellow jersey. The stages run from one town to another. The route covers a circuit that goes across most of the regions of France. Sometimes the course even goes into parts of neighboring countries like Switzerland and Spain.

With the Giro d'Italia and the Vuelta a España, le Tour de France is one of the three biggest, most prestigious stage races. It is also the longest race of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) calendar. Unlike the other two big races which are known well in Europe, the Tour de France has long been a household sporting name around the globe. It's so well known that even those not interested in cycling know of it. Even the UCI World Cycling Championship is familiar only to cycling enthusiasts.

In most cycling races, competitors enter as part of a team. The same holds true for the Tour de France. The Tour de France's field is made up of 20 to 22 teams each with nine riders. Traditionally, entry is by invitation only. The invitations are handed out only to the best of the professional teams. Recently, the organizers of the race have utilized UCI points to determine which teams gain automatic entry into the tour. They typically have reserved 2-4 slots to large teams or French teams not able to race based on their individual team results.

The teams are all known by the name of their sponsors. Everyone has a distinctive jersey. For example, Lance Armstrong was on the USPS team and then the Discovery Channel team when he won his tours. During the race, each team has access to a shared team car. These team cars are like pit crews in car racing except they're mobile.

The 2008 Tour de France is set to begin on July 5th in Brest in Brittany. The race, as is tradition, will end on the Champs Élysées in Paris on July 27th. This year's race course has 10 flat stages, 5 mountain stages, 4 medium mountain stages, and 2 individual time-trial stages.

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How to convert kilomètrage to mileage

Learning to think metric is somewhat like learning another language. I'm an American raised on ounces and pounds, inches and feet, and after several months in France I find that I still am trying to do mental conversion math in my head, with some difficulty. I am now fairly comfortable with the weights and measures necessary to buy groceries, but other metric aspects of daily life are sometimes difficult.

Recently, I saw an advertisement for an automobile claiming great fuel economy, consuming only 6.5 liters per 100 kilometers. My American reaction was to ask myself, "How many miles per gallon?" This requires a double conversion of litres to gallons and kilometers to miles, then divided by 100. Far too complex for my mind. Surely, I thought, there must be a simple formula.

I then did a Google search and found a formula that easy enough for me to understand.

The following information is from a great Web site that offers a variety of useful information for English-speaking people who have just to moved to France. The site is run by the Kiechle Family, who are Americans living in nearby Valbonne. Some of this family's Web site is for family members only, but there are many pages of helpful information that I have not found elsewhere on the web. There are sections on Arrival, Employment, Education, Health care, Housing, Transportation, Shopping, Leisure, Useful Info and Contacts.

Gasoline consumption

In the United States, gasoline consumption is measured in miles per gallon; in most of Europe, it is measured in liters per 100 kilometers. The conversion is a bit tedious, knowing that there are 1.609 kilometers to the mile and 3.785 liters to the US gallon. A very quick, and nevertheless amazingly accurate shortcut consists in dividing 235 by the number of miles that can be driven per gallon; the result is the number of liters consumed for 100 kilometers driven. Similarly, dividing 235 by the number of liters required to drive 100 kilometers yields the number of miles that one can drive with a gallon of gasoline. In the UK, imperial gallons are used (there are 4.546 liters to an imperial gallon). Simply substitute the number 282 for 235 when dealing with imperial gallons.

For example:

Convert 8.5 liters/100km to miles per (US) gallon:
235 / 8.5 = 27.65 MPG

Convert 30 miles per (imperial) gallon to liters/100km:
282 / 30 = 9.4 liters/100 km


One of the most often used conversions is the one from kilometers per hour (kph) to miles per hour (mph) and vice versa. A quick estimate for kph may be obtained by multiplying mph by 10 and dividing the result by 6. Conversely, multiplying kph by 6 and dividing by 10 is a good approximation for mph.

Kilometers per hour = miles per hour times 1.61

Miles per hour = kilometers per hour times 0.621

The Kiechle Family writes that the information on the web site took a long time to prepare. "In fact, it is a bit of an afterthought in that we had no plans to include this type of information when this web site was initially set up. In the meantime, though, we have received a great many emails from all over the world asking us what it is like to live here, how the health care system, works, whether there are international schools in the area, and so on. Many of these have come from people who had either signed contracts to work in this area or had at least contemplated moving here. Though this section is titled 'Moving to France' we have no first-hand experience with areas other than the French Riviera, more specifically Sophia Antipolis. While some of the information in this section may apply to other parts of France, most is specific to the area we live in. Not all the information presented in these pages deals with moving; much pertains to certain aspects of living and working here."

A very good web site. It's worth a visit and some reading.