Take one Canadian girl in les Alpes.
Add the ups & downs of living in France.
Cover with melted cheese...
Et voilà !

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bastille Day rhymes with "GIVEAWAY"!


To celebrate France's national holiday
I'm hosting my very first blog giveaway!

What's up for grabs, you wonder?

Well, how do you feel about this accordian player?
I spotted him at the market in Annecy's old town the other morning.
He's pretty cute, non?  
And très français.

As much as I'd like to mail this handsome musicien 
 off to one of my lucky readers,
I'm pretty sure that's illegal.
{Plus can you even imagine how much the postage would cost?!}

So instead I will treat the winner 
to a fantastique care package 
avec beaucoup de lovely French things inside.
{And since I live just across the border from Switzerland,
I'll include some delicious chocolat suisse
because who doesn't like chocolate, even if it's not French?}
 chocolate shop window display, Geneva
 To enter, here's what you need to do:

1. Become a follower of Rue de France, if you aren't one already. 
It's as simple as clicking that "join this site" button
over there -->

2. Leave me a comment telling me your favourite Frenchie thing.  
{Yes, French fries do count...}

3. For an extra entry or two, you can blog or tweet {or both} 
 about my Bastille Day Giveaway.
{Be sure to leave a separate comment for each 
with a link to your post.  Merci!}

So now go & turn on some Edith Piaf songs,
pour yourself a glass of wine,
put your beret on,
& get entering away.

The giveaway will be open for a week,
until July 21st.
I'll draw a name that evening
& announce the winner the following day.

Bonne chance !

Now, if you'll excuse me, 
I'm off to eat some Camembert,
open a bottle of champagne
 & watch the Bastille Day fireworks from our balcony!


  1. My most favourite thing? Undoubtedly la lanuge. :) Cheers from Austria

  2. I`m not sure I can count the musée de la mode, because it was closed when I tried to go, so I will say cheese. Lots of cheese.

    (Also, I have a book for you, if you want it. Not so exciting as the "Economusée du Fromage" shopping bag, but still potentially hilarious.)

  3. Ce que j'aime le plus à propos de la France c'est la langue et tous ces accents, du sud, de Paris, du nord, le tien, celui de François, et mon accent québécois quand je vais en France et qu'on me dit tout de suite : "Ah, mais vous êtes québécoise !!" avec étonnement...


  4. Happy Bastille Day!!!! <3 what a fun and sweet way to celebrate!! lucky us your readers ;) count me in please! though i'm a little sad the frenchie musician isn't included... ha! your'e so cute!!!

  5. my favorite french thing IS indeed french fries-- i ate to my heart content yesterday on national french fries day ;) but since you already gave that example, my favorite french thing is Olivier Martinez <3 ha

  6. and i just tweeted!!! ;) my handle is @dolcemicaela

    xoxo thank you sooo much for the chance!

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  8. Hurrah! Happy Bastille Day and happy first-ever giveaway, dearest E!

    Don't enter me, or else there will be cries of "It was rigged!" should I win. And I probably would win. I have fantastic luck when it comes to giveaways ;~)

    BUT do know that I love your little blog and have written all about it over on Pughs' News today... I hope you have beacoup de new visitors as a result.

    Enjoy the fireworks avec FQ and friends from your balcony! Wish I could join you...


  9. Hello! I ventured over here at Erin's /\ suggestion. :)

    Happy Bastille Day to you!

    My favorite French thing? Wow... Probably the language or the soft, romantic stereotype that it has become. I love those soft, smooth words even if I can't speak it!

  10. Bonjour!! I have been a follower for quite some time, and always enjoy your stories and especially your photos!

    I have tweeted about this post (@myjoyproject) and posted on the *my joy project* facebook fan page.

    I'll get back to you when I blog about it :)

    A bientot!!
    ox Kelly

  11. New follower thanks to myjoyproject.

    And my favorite French thing? French women!!!!

  12. AnonymousJuly 14, 2011

    My favorite French person is Nicolas and my favorite things are old French songs. Bisous!

  13. Bonjour, Em! :) Although I've read your blog for some time now, I've just officially become a follower! I don't know why it took me so long! :)

  14. It is so hard to pick ONE favorite Frenchie thing, but if I had to narrow it down... Saturday morning market in Arles, the village of Crillon le Brave and picnics, picnics, picnics. So excited about your first giveaway, Happy Bastille Day!

  15. Oh, and...that boy is very handsome! Would love for him to play for me at mealtimes. :)

    And as for my favorite Frenchie thing: When my fiance and I were in Paris, we loved to count the number of people that passed with baguettes hanging out of their grocery sacks. It's something American movies ALWAYS show, a complete movie-stereotype...but no one's grocery bags in the US actually look that way. Our bags are not that chic! But in France they are! Every time I spotted a baguette-toting citizen, I'd exclaim, "BAGUETTE COUNT SEVEN!! EIGHT! NINE!"

    And for that matter...I also love French grocery stores. Or at least those we saw in Paris. They were small and sweet, without the obnoxiously sprawling selection that US stores have. I loved them. Since I don't speak much French beyond the needed travel lingo, we had SUCH a fun time trying to read labels and guess what different items were in the aisles.

    Anyway, blah, blah. I'll stop talking now. But, I just needed to say how much I love France. :)

  16. Oooh, my favourite French things, eh? Hmmmm....that's a tough one. I know I absolutely love the cathedrals, and of course the wine and cheese. I have to admit, a few of my favourite men on earth are French guys I've either befriended or dated (especially dated!), so do French Men count as a favourite French thing? I also love chocolate croissants. Oh! OH! The fields of lavender in southern France!! For sure!!! And all the amazing artists that have come out of France.....I could seriously go on....Now that my parents have moved away from Geneva (to JORDAN), I'm going to miss my annual trips to that part of the world!!

  17. Happy Bastille Day :) Hi Em, I am your newest follower and you are the sweetest for this very sweet giveaway, including the very SWEET chocolate :)

  18. My favorite french food - oh my I'm sorry to say I feel the same as my sister Micaela :) my favorite can't live without food is French Fries - eeee!! I might just turn into one someday very soon - lol!!
    But I also love Belgian waffles - very yummy!!


  19. I tweeted :)

  20. AnonymousJuly 15, 2011

    Great to see so many people have taken up your challenge Em! Maybe I can do something similar when I start my blog about Oman :) Meantime, disappointed to note no one else has suggested my own fave - Le French Manicure, especially when done by a French Manicurist, IN France :D Yeah, we shoulda taken that accordian player home with the rest of the shopping that day - Je suis enchantee ;))) XXX Anna V.

  21. I'm a gfc follower:theresan. My favorite thing is the scents from pastries to flowers.
    Theresa N

  22. The pastries, the cheese, the cafe's, the culture, the ACCENT! Seriously? I can't pick just one.

  23. My favorite French thing are croissants. Yum! Just became a new follower & my fingers are crossed.


  24. My favorite thing is vacation! We get much more here than in the US!

  25. Hi - Here is my entry for your contest, Em. My favourite Frenchie thing is apero on the patio.

    Hope I win!

  26. I cannot possibly choose, so I'm just going to say the precise and indescribable way my heart feels after three days in the city of light. That about sums it up.

  27. This is so sweet Emily. I love reading your blog.


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