Posts Tagged ‘french culture’

Schooled on my bisous technique

Written by Diane. Posted in on life in France

Schooled on my bisous technique

It’s only natural to feel a little embarrassed when someone points out a mistake you’ve been making. Whether it’s an error you’ve been making at work or in your personal life, you can’t help but get a little red-faced. But something as simple as French cheek kisses? How hard can they be? Well, they’re more complicated than they seem. For the past 4 years or so, I thought I was doing a pretty OK job when it came to cheek kisses. I did my best to lean in, tap both cheeks, and I even made the little sound. But after a routine bise last night with someone at the gym, I was politely told my bisous technique was off. Ouch.

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From the archives: Some oldies but goodies

Written by Diane. Posted in France, on everything else, on life in France

From the archives- Some oldies but goodies

Hi guys! One thing I learned from my reader survey is that almost 50 percent of respondents have only been reading my blog a couple of months or less, so to unbury some of my posts from the early days (2012-13) that you might find useful, I’m dedicating a whole post to the oldies but goodies you may have missed on this sunny Friday! The formatting wasn’t as consistent and the pics weren’t as big in my old posts, but the information may be of interest to you!

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French cheek kisses: La bise explained

Written by Diane. Posted in on life in France

French cheek kisses- La bise explained

As a foreigner, you’ll encounter all kinds of baffling things abroad. For me in France, la bise tops the list. These pesky French cheek kisses are the norm but as an outsider, sometimes you’ll just be confused… and rightfully so. They ARE confusing.


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