Joséphine, Ange Gardien – a series under divine protection

She’s only 4.3 ft. yet she is one of the most prominent TV personalities in France. 58-year-old actress Mimie Mathy has been on prime time on TF1 since 1997 four to twelve times a year! She is the lead characters of the Joséphine, Ange Gardien series, in which she plays Continue reading

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One week of Russian – how much can you learn?

One week of intensive Russian learning (starting from scratch) was a lot of fun! I spent about 35 hours with Larisa, teacher at the Volkshochschule of Hamburg, and my class of 15 students. Nice group, eager to learn, very passionate about Russian – I guess you have to Continue reading

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Les Grosses Têtes – France’s most popular radio show

Created in 1977, the “Grosses Têtes” (big heads or brainiacs in French) is a hugely successful afternoon radio show broadcast on RTL.

Presented by Philippe Bouvard for 37 years, the show is  moderated since 2014 by star TV moderator and radio guru Continue reading

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Ces petits mots russes du quotidien

En revenant de France après les fêtes de fin d’année, je me suis fait plaisir en ramenant un petit fascicule pour apprendre le russe en vacances. Continue reading

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My European heritage – where does John come from?

It’s the typical conversation we all have over the non-stop eating days of the Christmas season: family. Any news from cousin thingy? Does aunt whatsherface have children now? It’s a convenient filler between two dishes and, most of the time, talking about the family members who did not come to your Christmas party is a safe topic. It brings little arguing and we all have something to say about everyone. Continue reading

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10 reasons to love Hamburg

Welcome to Hamburg! You might not be here right now, but after reading this blog post, you’ll be packing up for a one-way trip to Hamburg, Germany! Or at least a nice weekend in the Hanseatic city. Continue reading

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Budni got rid of plastic bags. Thank you!

One step forward for the environment! Too few of us are aware of the devastating impact plastic waste has on the oceans and nature in general. Plastic bags rank high as a polluting factor, especially given that Continue reading

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