March in France: Fun Facts
March 2017 is here and spring is right around the corner!
It's a time for shaking and shimmying off the winter blues, a time to feel refreshed and to get ready for the warm times ahead. Let nature be your guide.
I hope you will take this time to strengthen and nourish yourselves well, so you can grow strong under the Sun and operate at your highest potential.
Spring is also the perfect time for planting! Have you thought about growing an indoor herb garden? Well, you should!! My many attempts have lead to many fragrant and filling meals, but sadly, my belief in me having a green thumb, died, along with all of the plants.
At this time, I am in full swing, work wise. My life resembles the old 80s game Frogger (Ha! how appropriate! The French are known as frogs!) I'm hopping around the city streets trying not to be hit by cars passing by.
I work as an English, belly dance and yoga teacher, a personal stylist, and I also am a tour guide. Big Mama gotta eat!
I also have a semi-active social life. I would go crazy if it were not for Girlie Time! My friends, who graciously accept my Texas-Vegas ways, (Bless them!) are my lifeline.
We are all busy, yes, and like many of you, I wear many hats and some days are just harder than others. Now take that to the next level - you are living in a foreign country.
Life as an immigrant is hard, like identity crisis hard. Miscommunication and misunderstandings are my daily, it's enough to make you want to scream and hide out in caves, forever. Alas...
March is when Spring officially arrives and the city seems a lot more active despite the wacky weather. The seasons are in transition, and that is why today's weather went from stormy, windy, and cold to warm, sunny blue skies, in less than three hours.
Today's post is about some French fun facts and some March history and happenings.
Total read time: 7 minutes
Why are the French known as frogs?
I did some research and the best I can come up with is that the French are known for eating frog legs. But, I read somewhere after hours of research, so of course I don't remember nor do I have the desire to relook it up, it was the British who first ate frog legs.
I also learned that many cultures haven partaken in the dish, including Asian and Aztec.
Another reason for the term was during the war, American GIs noted how French Resistance fighters would crouch down, like frogs, and could camouflage themselves perfectly to their surroundings.
I also discovered Parisians were known as frogs. The topography of Paris and Versailles are essentially swamp/marshlands, so naturally frogs would gather and croak about the watering hole. It's a perfect analogy. But again, it always comes back to eating frog's legs.
Have I had the pleasure? No, it is not something I would order, but I would try if offered. It's never been offered, so yay for small miracles. My husband has eaten it maybe three times in our decade together, if he did offer, I probably blocked it out of my memory.
Before moving on, let us not forget the old adage, one must kiss a lot of frogs to find a prince.
If the French are called frogs, does that really mean kiss a French person? Hmmmmm...
Now, now, I do not speak for all French men out there, but I say, go on a kiss a Frenchie, or French kiss a Frenchie (by the way a French kiss is just a kiss in French!) maybe he'll turn into your prince! Couldn't hurt to try?! I did. And viola! Here I am.
March 4 - Frenchified Fun Tours with me, Jenny!!! has officially kicked off!
My first client of the season was a fabulous American woman and her dream baby who stole my heart due to her pooping abilities! Straight shot up her back, the poor dear, but wow, impressive!
Good times, the weather was wacky, but despite the conditions we walked to Palais Gallien,
my favorite spot in Bordeaux. It is an old Roman amphitheater hidden with the city.
We talked about the upstart restaurants and businesses, how Bordeaux is becoming more cosmopolitan and about the new wine museum, all this said and done while pushing a stroller and diverting construction work, cars, cyclists, motorcycles, scooters, blocked walkways and the weather. ((The cave is sounding more appealing.))
Nonetheless, you should come on down and visit! Bordeaux is a city where you will be tickled pink!
Mostly because you'll be a little drunk on wine and happy, so let's do that together!!
If you would like to book a tour, click on the contact page. I'm only an email away!
5 - Carnaval des 2 Rives
French kiddos go back to school after a two week winter break on Monday, March 6. So why not have a carnival-parade?!
And that is exactly what we do!
This parade route has been ongoing since 1996 and French families come to gather along the parade group to partake in the festivities! The kids are dressed up in costumes and there is an overall festive vibe, despite varying weather conditions!
8 - International Women's Day
This day celebrates women’s achievements throughout the world and to promote women’s equality, encourage support for repressed women and promote appreciation toward women everywhere.
International Women's Day was initially promoted by the Socialist Party of America. In 1909, it designated this day in remembrance of a major strike by the International Ladies’ Garment Workers Union. The holiday is now recognized internationally and is an Official National Holiday for many countries, including: China, Russia and Ukraine.
12 - Daylight Savings Time - USA
Move your clocks up one hour - Spring forward, everyone!
17 - St Patrick's Day
Wear green! St. Patrick's Day is a celebration of Irish pride and heritage.
The British-born priest and former slave, St. Patrick, who is known for converting the Irish to Christianity and chasing the snakes out of the country. He died March 17, 461.
Centuries later he was honored with the title of Patron Saint of Ireland.
St. Patrick used the three-leaf shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the people. The leaves stood for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. It is traditional to wear the shamrock on St. Patrick's Day. Most people wear green and in cities in the United States with a heavy Irish influence, such as Boston and New York, host parades and the pubs world-wide are lifting their pints in his honor. Sláinte! However, perhaps it is good to remember that St. Patrick was said to have been a humble and brave man.
A four leaf clover is said to be lucky and rare. I read that the odds of finding one is 1 in 10,000! Good luck!
Speaking of good luck - my sweet friend Tracey F., a beautiful Irish girl, says 'good luck' instead of goodbye. I find it so sweet and endearing and magical -- it's the luck of the Irish!
In the fall, I picked up a brooch at a local second hand shop for a few coins. It's a four leaf clover.
I literally wear luck on my shoulder, and honey child, I need it!! Remember, my reproach on my daily miscommunications?
The brooch use to have a pearl stone center, but that is now long gone, and to fill the void, I used glitter nail polish for extra sparkle.
20 - Spring Equinox - Spring time in Bordeaux! Northern Hemisphere
There are two equinoxes every year – in March and September – the Sun shines directly on the equator and the length of night and day are nearly equal.
This is a great time to bring more balance into your own life. Again, allow nature to be your guide. Do some balancing exercises like yoga or incorporate a body weight exercise routine, like squats or burpees for example. Meditate. Take your dog on a nature walk at the nearest park.
Or park it at some terrace café, order something, and bask in the Spring sun.
It's also a good day to do some Spring cleaning and decluttering, and a time to strengthen relationships, personal and business wise too.
Find your balance, the Earth has. And you are an Earthling, after all!
26 - Daylight Savings Time (France)
On this side of the planet, we will lose an hour, but we must Spring forward!
Have a great Spring! Take care of yourselves, always.
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
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