Erica Simone overlooking ocean in Capetown

Today marks my 68th year on the planet. I’m not telling you this to encourage birthday wishes, as we all have them (thank goodness), and I have no expectations that…

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Celebrating 20 Years of Parler Parlor

In preparing for the upcoming Webinar I’m doing for the Federation of the Alliance Française and its members this coming Saturday, I reflected on my experience learning French…or at least…

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Scene from Emily in Paris

Like Francophiles everywhere, I tuned into the new Netflix TV drama, “Emily in Paris.” Just about anything with “Paris” in the title gets attention—movies, books and TV shows. I’d almost…

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Photo by Erica Simone ericasimone.com

The U.S. presidential debate happened while we were sleeping, but I wasn’t sleeping at all. Instead, I was having nightmares about my vote not being counted. Yesterday I realized that…

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Flying to France

There’s an awful lot of misinformation out there about who can enter France and who can’t. That’s because the situation is changing all the time and the websites intended to…

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Palais Royal Paris, France

THE NOTORIOUS RELIGION KNOWN AS “RBG” The Notorious RBG is gone. The definition for “notorious” is “famous or well known, typically for some bad quality or deed.” “RGB” stands for…

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Orléans and New Orleans Sister Cities

I was pleasantly surprised to get an email from the Global Envoy of Sister Cities International, Mary Palko, asking if I would volunteer to participate in a Round Table Discussion…

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