14 July

Today is Bastille Day, or so I thought, until Monsieur corrected me this morning.

“In France it’s called ‘le quatorze juillet’ or if you have to use the word ‘Bastille’, it’s ‘le jour de la prise de la Bastille’. Otherwise, it’s ‘la Fête Nationale.’

I was confused.

‘So no one calls it ‘le jour de la Bastille’?

‘No, darling. Only the Anglo-Saxons call it Bastille Day.’ Strike 163 for this particular anglo-saxone. It would seem I’ve been making this mistake every 14 July for a very, very long time, but that’s why I love living with Monsieur. He’s like a living encyclopaedia-stroke-dictionary of France and everything French.

Anyway, on a slightly different tangent, at recent London Bloggers Meet-ups, we’ve been discussing the merits of general interest blogs versus specialised blogs. The blog you’re reading now is somewhat generalised and that’s why I enjoy writing it – with micro-specialties in travel and food, if I feel like writing about the idiotic buzzwords I hear in meetings, I can. If I find a funny blog to share with my readers, I can. If I’m mad because the tube has FAILED again, I can mention it and you can rant back through the comments function. I can even join in Singleforareason‘s latest photo challenge or talk about the world of blogging. That’s why Epicurienne is what it is.

Today, I’m launching a second blog with a specialty area – being Frenchified. I’ve loved France as long as I can remember, and even if I do manage to mix up the word for parrots (un perroquet) with the word for wigs (une perruque), I try hard to use the French I’ve been attempting to master since I was twelve. So here goes: a blog about France, the French and the cultural differences they never taught me about at university. It’s called Frenchified and you will find it at http://frenchified.wordpress.com

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Where do you find the time for all this, sista? I can’t hardly keep up with my blog, let alone think about writing another one! I’m working on a style book for a movie right now. It took me to parts of Dallas I had no business being there alone and almost ran into major trouble! I got some terrific shots so I’ll probably blog about it (if I ever manage to get my eyeballs out of the alligator!)
    I hope you and Monsieur had a pleasant 14 juillet!

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  2. epicurienne says:

    Merci, ma fille, et toi aussi!
    We actually freaked each other out by bringing home the same food, from bags of salad right down to chocolate desserts…psychic moment. Then we boogied to cheesy French 80s classics (J’ai chaud! etc) and watched Prison Break (yawn). I really don’t get how guys can thing Prison Break is interesting. All it is = guys, prison, trying to get out. How depressing.
    If I told you I was planning a third blog for later in the year, you’d probably call Monsieur and have me committed. The style book sounds fascinating. Are we allowed to know which movie?

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  3. razzbuffnik says:

    Specialization is not a good strategy from an evolutionary point of view.

    Are you hoping to build up a specialized readership? That leads me to ask why you blog?

    As for me I like the different things that you write about.

    A little bit of this and a little bit of that!

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  4. epicurienne says:

    Don’t worry, Razz. I’m sticking with this blog. It’s just that there is SO MUCH to write about loving the land of frogs-legs and horse butchers that I want to specialise on just that one topic… but separately.
    Can you tell I’m having a hell of a week here? Very quiet on the writing front… Too much work gets in the way of blogging. haha.

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