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All About France #22

Welcome to the 22nd All About France monthly link up all about France! You’re in the right place if you’re looking to link up a blog post, get some holiday inspiration or just have a read about your favourite country, France.  If you're a blogger and this is your first time linking up you might want to find out more here.

All About France 22

I’m writing this on the morning it seems that the word as we know it has changed forever, the morning we (Europeans) woke up to the horrific news that Trump has been elected.  It feels like Brexit all over again and urgh, I’m finding it hard to concentrate.  What’s next, Le Pen in 2017?  I’m sure everyone here shares my disgust and despair but I shouldn’t go on….let’s focus on positive things, like our shared love of/interest in France.  I’m looking forward to being distracted by inspiring tales of la belle France

Vietnamese food words

In other news, we had the most amazing time in Vietnam and I'd love to to tell you more about it here, but it really isn’t “all about France” so I better not.  However, if you’re interested I have written my first piece about our holiday and all photos for the past 3 weeks in the posts entitled Sunday Photo have pics from Vietnam.  As a tiny indulgence I'm including a couple of photos above and below of the French influence on Vietnamese food and language.  Bread is widely available thanks to the French (as is la vache qui rit) and many words introduced into Vietnamese since colonial days, especially for food, use the French word.  The menu above lists paté, saucisse (my favourite "xuc xich"), jambon and beef steak and below you can see a cement bag and train station, ciment and gare.

French words in Vietnamese

Moving swiftly on, despite having an extra week this time I only just finished reading everyone’s posts in time and I’m afraid I just haven’t had any extra time to count up who wrote the most comments but there was one name that seemed to pop up again and again and that was Emily from Lost in Lyon.   I’m going out on a limb and guessing that she’s this month’s Top Commenter!  As for my favourites here they are:

The Good Life by Our French Oasis

Morning in Montmartre by A Hole in my Shoe

Another fine mess, part 1 by Susie Kelly

Andy meets a dog with a well rehearsed party trick by Vaucluse Dreamer

 

What is All About France?

All About France is a monthly blog linky, linking up blog posts about France.  These posts can be freshly scribbled or from your archives as a way of bringing new life to an old article.  There is no date limit and the only rule for subject matter is that it is about France in some way.  This can mean French language, French food, French style, French literature, expat life in France, French expats abroad or travel in France among other things.  The linky (usually) opens on the 1st Thursday of each month and stays open for a week.

Here's how to join in the fun:

• You can link up one post, old or new as long as it's about France/French.
• Please make sure you include the All About France badge at the bottom of your post or in the sidebar of your blog, or a hyper-link back to me (the code is below).
• Please comment on the host's posts and at least two others, the more the merrier. Blog linkys only work if you're generous with your comments and shares.
• Please use the hashtag #AllAboutFrance when sharing on social media.
• Don't forget you can join the Pinterest board and pin your post to it for extra exposure.

 
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For more information on All About France you can take a look at the introductory post I wrote here. This linky will stay open for a whole week and the next one will be on Thursday 1st December.

 

 

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  • Guest
    JanetT Monday, 28 November 2016

    I was just hearing about the French influence in Vietnam from a friend! You say similar things.

  • Guest
    Phoebe Wednesday, 30 November 2016

    It was even more obvious 20 years ago Janet when lots of people spoke French. English has now well and truly taken over but yes, there is a definitely French influence in many things, not just food and language.

  • Guest
    Paulita Monday, 14 November 2016

    How lovely to come in search of France and find some Vietnam too. Thanks for the opportunity to play along.

  • Guest
    Phoebe Tuesday, 15 November 2016

    There'll be plenty more about VN over the coming weeks/months Paulita, I hope you come back for more!

  • Guest
    FrenchVillage Jacqui Friday, 11 November 2016

    I loved seeing your holiday pics on Facebook and look forward to reading more about your adventures

  • Guest
    Phoebe Tuesday, 15 November 2016

    Coming soon Jacqui...watch this space!

  • Guest
    Lyn - A Hole in my Shoe Friday, 11 November 2016

    Phoebe thank you so much for the shout out on my Montmarte post, so glad you enjoyed it. Funny you mention Vietnam and my recent post is from there, the Paris of Asia. The boulevards and the smell of freshly baked bread are the only similarities I found.

  • Guest
    Phoebe Tuesday, 15 November 2016

    Hmmm, apart from some architecture I find the comparison with Paris pretty far fetched really. 20 years ago there were a few more likenesses but even so, it's Asia not Europe!

  • Guest
    Rosemary Thursday, 10 November 2016

    Sounds like Vietnam is a great place to visit. Thanks for organising the link-up despite how busy you must be!

  • Guest
    Phoebe Tuesday, 15 November 2016

    Oh Vietnam is truly wonderful Rosemary, and I'm not at all biased!

  • Guest
    Arnie Jacobsen Thursday, 10 November 2016

    Our election results are the most appalling thing. I'm just disgusted. But, reading about France will help take my mind off of the hold thing. I hope.

  • Guest
    Phoebe Tuesday, 15 November 2016

    I hope reading here helped Arnie....for the short term at least

  • Guest
    Ashley Thursday, 10 November 2016

    Thank you so much for your reminders on Twitter! I'm jealous of your time in Vietnam. I hear good things. I think it would have taken me a while to figure out that "xuc xich" translates to saucisse!

  • Guest
    Phoebe Thursday, 10 November 2016

    I know it's not obvious from a written point of view but if pronounced with a Vietnamese accent it does sound like saucisse. They're all phonetic, but you do have to know some Vietnamese pronunciation rules..

  • Oregon Girl Around the World
    Oregon Girl Around the World Thursday, 10 November 2016

    Happy to have found your #AllAboutFrance linkup - enough to fulfill this Francophile's every fantasy! Cheers from Copenhagen, Erin

  • Guest
    Phoebe Thursday, 10 November 2016

    Great to have you here Erin, you should get a good dose of Francophilia every month now yo know about it!

  • Guest
    Different Shores Thursday, 10 November 2016

    It really does feel like Brexit all over again... I say it's best to just thing of nice things and far-flung places as there's nothing we can do about it... thanks for hosting!

  • Guest
    Phoebe Thursday, 10 November 2016

    I'm enjoying the distraction today reading about France but it's hard NOT to think about the ramifications of such a terrible result.

  • Guest
    Vanessa Couchman Thursday, 10 November 2016

    Thanks for the opportunity to take part and for hosting #AllAboutFrance again. It's great to read other people's posts - so varied and wonderful photos. Just one point - I have trouble commenting where blogs use Disqus since the verification email never comes through so I can't actually get as far as leaving a comment. Not for want of trying. Anyway, a great variety of posts as ever, and I've got round about half this time. Will come back for more tomorrow.

  • Guest
    Phoebe Thursday, 10 November 2016

    Glad you enjoy it Vanessa. As for Disqus maybe you should try and contact the blogger at the blog you want to leave a comment on through Twitter or email and see if they can rectify the problem. I personally never have any trouble with Disqus so I'm not sure what to say.

  • Guest
    ema Thursday, 10 November 2016

    Bonjour! Glad you had a great break in Vietnam. Looking forward to discovering some new posts.

  • Guest
    Phoebe Thursday, 10 November 2016

    It was fab-u-lous Ema!

  • Guest
    Diane Thursday, 10 November 2016

    Cheers to another great linky. Thank you for hosting!

  • Guest
    Phoebe Thursday, 10 November 2016

    Thanks for being here Diane :)

  • Guest
    Elizabeth (Wander Mum) Thursday, 10 November 2016

    Thanks for hosting Phoebe, look forward to reading all about Vietnam!

  • Guest
    Phoebe Thursday, 10 November 2016

    I have so many words churning through my mind I don't know where to start Elizabeth! You might have to wait a while for the majority.

  • Guest
    Rosie @Eco-Gites of Lenault Thursday, 10 November 2016

    I love the French influence on the Vietnamese language although I initially read the train station sigh as "Gardening" - you can see what my interests in life include!

    Thanks for hosting #AllAboutFrance again. I know how much work it involves but I do love the fact I can read some of my favourite blogs about France all in one place. Keep up the good work!

  • Guest
    Phoebe Thursday, 10 November 2016

    Yes I can see how it could look like gardening! Glad you enjoy the linky.

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