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  • Writer's pictureMartine Bertin-Peterson

For Francophiles with Time to Spare

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If you have some spare time (and who doesn't these days?) and you'd like to brush up on your French. Paris Update & Frantastique are offering fun and FREE French lessons online for one month. (There is NO obligation to buy). Here's the link:

For lighter moments, enjoy this Youtube playlist of French songs from Aznavour to Piaf and more:

Charles Aznavour

Even though opera houses and show venues are closed and lockdown measures are on to try and curb the coronavirus pandemic, the Paris Opera continues to live!

Starting from March 17th, 2020 at 7:30 p.m, Paris Opera and CutlureBox websites have decided to provide in turns – free access and free of charge – major opera classics from the institution’s archives.

How does it work? From March 17th at 7:30 p.m., Paris Opera and Culturebox websites will put a performance online available for six days. At the end of the period, the show will be replaced by another performance and so on until May. Shows available

  • Manon: from March 17th to 22nd

  • Don Giovanni (2019): from March 23rd to 29th

  • Swan Lake (2019): from March 30th to April 5th

  • The Barber of Seville (2014): from April 6th to 12th

  • Robbins night (2018): from April 13th to 19th

  • The Tales of Hoffmann (2016): from April 20th to 26th

  • Carmen (2017): from April 27th to May 3rd

How Americans view the French language is a funny Youtube video that has received over a million views. Attention! There are some "racy" bits in the video.

And as you dream of trips to Paris in the future, you may want to know who won for the Best Paris Baguette:




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