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In the beginning, my intent was to create a blog that would chronicle my time as a language assistant in France. I planned to write about the lead-up, as well as the big, eight-month event itself. But I never thought I’d continue to post after things were well and done (a.k.a. I got back from France). But the more time I spend back in Louisiana, the more I come to realize that my “mission” is nowhere near from over. While in France, I discovered that my hometown, Ponchatoula, Louisiana, has had a French international sister city since 1989. And what’s even stranger – this city (Fontanil) is only a 10 minute drive from Grenoble (the French academie where I was placed), and that at the same

Welcome sign for all the Northern French visitors in Canterbury, England. Check out the recently released movie with a similar name, "Bienvenue chez les Ch'tis"

time I was going through teacher orientation, a group of Ponchatoula residents visited Fontanil to celebrate the 20th anniversary of our sister city relationship. I would have loved to be a part of this exchange, but didn’t even know that it existed! It is this gap in information that I am now on a quest to close, or at least fill a bit, so that other interested folks like myself can take advantage of the amazing opportunities around us.

I’d really love for this blog to become a dialog of French-lovers, French-speakers, or even just internationally-minded people in south Louisiana and abroad. I’ll do my best to keep you all updated on the events and resources that I come across, and please feel free to comment with your own suggestions as well.

Help me build the chain that will bridge our French/Cajun culture and heritage from the past with that of the present and future!

Sister City Updates:

Ponchatoula, Louisiana, is twinned with Fontanil-Cornillon, France (near Grenoble). I’m currently in the process of attempting to start up two-week, summer exchanges between high school students in our two cities. Will keep you posted on how it’s going!

Hammond, Louisiana, is twinned with Jouars-Ponchartrain, France (Ile de France – near Paris).

Gonzales, Louisiana, is twinned with Meylan, France (near Grenoble).

Calendar Updates:

The Cajun French Music Association (CFMA) in Baton Rouge held its monthly Cajun dance complete with a live Cajun band at the UCT Hall on the corner of Florida Blvd. and Sherwood Forest this past Friday. It was my first time attending, but I will be sure to make room for this event on my calendar in the future. It was a blast! The next dance is July 16th at 8pm (the theme is “Hawaiian Luau” and two-step lessons begin around 7pm if you need to brush up on your skills). Entry is $10 and you’ll see a wide range of ages in attendance (from little kids to “kids at heart”).

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Students from the LSU Department of French Studies recently published the first issue of a new Francophone literary & arts journal, Pages d’art. This trial-run printing was met with approval by the department, but the publication’s future is yet to be determined (until funding becomes available).

Several of my photographs of France were chosen for the publication. You can view them and the journal in the following links:

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