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French New Year traditions explained

With each new country comes inexplicable or unexpected customs. They're things you might never have thought of, but are still useful to know. Ever wondered what New Year's is like in France? Or, are you hoping to look in-the-know this year?

Poetry at the piscine - Part 2/3

Pool Keeper shook his head, exasperated at our stupidity. He growled, “slip de bain obligatoire pour le monsieur”, ... I wondered, what could that be? Uncomprehending, we stared back at him through the plexiglass window.
 Paris, France