Cavagnole

Cavagnole

Cavagnole was a French game of chance similar to Bingo or Lottery. It was a low stakes game, extremely easy to learn and cheat at, and rather boring to play. Nevertheless, it was very popular. In the late 1730s the game became all the rage among the ladies of Versailles, Queen Marie Leszczynska being a particular enthusiast. The… Continue Reading

Muppets: Game of Chairs

Muppets: Game of Chairs

I am a HUGE Game of Thrones fan, and also a lover of The Muppets, so this hilarious skit from Sesame Street had me rolling on the floor! It’s from 2015, and if you don’t watch Game of Thrones — and I have to pause and ask, “What is wrong with you?” LOL! — then… Continue Reading

Vocabulary Rocks! F is for…

Vocabulary Rocks! F is for…

  Flea Market The term flea market is a translation of the French marché aux puces — literally “market with fleas” — an open-air market where second-hand goods are sold. Generally, the word flea connoted low-rent or cheap, because such places were often infested with fleas. There is going on just now near the Barriere de Montreuil,… Continue Reading

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY 2016!

HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY 2016!

  American Independence Facts In May, 1776, after nearly a year of trying to resolve their differences with England, the colonies sent delegates to the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia. Finally, in June, admitting that their efforts were hopeless, a committee was formed to compose the formal Declaration of Independence. Headed by Thomas Jefferson, the… Continue Reading

The Declaration of Independence

The Declaration of Independence

The final and full text of the Declaration of Independence was adopted in Congress on July 4, 1776. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, the intention of the Declaration was not to say something new, but– to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm as to command… Continue Reading