An Alliance Française Panel Discussion: Demystifying the French, Round 2

February 8, 2022 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Last week I had the opportunity to participate in a lively discussion about Demystifying the French with three friends and colleagues, all fellow American observers of life in France, thanks to the wonderful Fédération des Alliances Françaises USA. For a little more than an hour we answered questions from the audience, and talked about everything from the unfortunate (and unnecessary) cultural clashes that can occur when Americans visit France (due to a lack of understanding each other’s ways), to the importance of meals in French life, to differences in the way we view friendship, to whether or not Emily in Paris got anything right–among many other things. Here’s the recording, for those who would like to see it. Pour yourself a glass of wine, prepare a plate of cheese and bread, sit back, and enjoy!

Janet Hulstrand is a writer, editor, writing coach, and teacher of writing and of literature who divides her time between the U.S. and France. She is the author of Demystifying the French: How to Love Them, and Make Them Love You, and is currently working on her next book, A Long Way from Iowa: A Literary Memoir.

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  • 1. Rosemary Deans  |  May 29, 2022 at 1:28 am

    I just stumbled on this panel discussion. It seems my path has crossed yours again, Janet. You might recall that I wrote to you last year telling you of my husband’s uncle who is buried in Essoyes. I found this discussion to be so Interesting and thought each panelist was delightfully engaging. I’m so glad I saw this. We Canadians also have much to learn about travelling in France. Post COVID, we are finally planning a trip back to France, which is still a long way off – May of 2023. We are definitely planning a night or two in Troyes and will spend a day in Essoyes. Thank you again for your insights on being a tourist in France.

    • 2. Janet Hulstrand  |  May 29, 2022 at 6:03 am

      Thank you, Rosemary, I’m so glad you found the discussion interesting and helpful. Do let me know when you are in Essoyes if you have time to meet for a coffee or a glass of wine. I’d love to meet you and hear a bit more about your family’s connection with Essoyes.


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