"Vive La France" on 'Bastille Day', July 14





“I do not believe there is another city on earth so beautiful as Paris nor another people with such an appreciation of the beautiful as the French...” - Edward Hopper




Our virtual CST 'Cariad Dementia Cafe' this week focuses on all things France and French, as 14th July is 'Bastille Day'.


Members came to the session wearing berets and carrying French flags, if they had one, and introducing themselves by saying something French. They also said what they most about France or French people, food and culture. "Ooo la la!"




PARDON MY FRENCH Ask members to give the meanings of these French sayings that have become embedded in the English language. Oo la la - SURPRISE

C'est la vie - THAT'S LIFE

Double entendre - DOUBLE MEANING / RUDE CONNOTATION

Avant garde - NEW OR EXPERIMENTAL IDEAS / RISQUE

Carte blanche - FREEDOM TO ACT AS ONE WISHES

Deja vu - A FEELING OF HAVING ALREADY EXPERIENCED SOMETHING

Faux pas - AN EMBARRASSING OR TACTLESS ACT OR REMARK

Cliche - STEREOTYPE / AN OVERUSED PHRASE WHICH BETRAYS A LACK OF ORIGINAL THOUGHT

Creme de la creme - BEST OF THE BEST

Cul de sac - DEAD END ROAD

Je ne sais quoi - A CERTAIN SOMETHING

Raison d'etre - REASON FOR BEING

Hors d'oeuvre - APPETISER

Vis a vis - IN RELATION TO

Tete a tete - HEAD TO HEAD

Et voila - THERE YOU HAVE IT

Tour de force - A PERFORMANCE OR ACHIEVEMENT ACCOMPLISHED WITH GREAT SKILL

Pied a terre - SECOND HOME

Art deco - DECORATVE STYLE OF 1920s and 30s

En suite - BATHROOM

Femme fatale - A SEDUCTIVE WOMAN WHO WILL CAUSE HARM TO HER LOVER

Sacre bleu - EXPRESSION OF EXASPERATION

Laissez faire - ANYTHING GOES

Joie de vivre - JOY OF LIFE

Nom de plume - ALIAS OR PEN NAME

RSVP - Respondex sil vous plait - PLEASE RESPOND

Fait accompli - FOREGONE CONCLUSION

Aide memoire - MEMORY AID


Vive la difference - CELEBRATE DIFFERENCE & GENDER EQUALITY






We then moved on to the picture and music quiz. Here are the images, songs and questions we used.


Our virtual prize was a bottle of Champagne, invented of course by the French monk Dom Perignon.







MUSIC & PICTURE QUIZ QUESTIONS



ROUND 1. Factoids





1. What is the name of the French flag?






2. The French motto is 'Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite'. What is the English translation of these three words?







3. Which bird is the emblem of France?







4. Which London station does the 'Eurostar' journey to Paris from?







5. Here is a photo of Sarah Thomas from Colorado, who in 2019 swam the English Channel four times consecutively, without a break. How wide is the English Channel at its narrowest point in the Strait of Dover?







6. What is the highest point in France?

(Does anyone enjoy skiing holidays, or the 'Apres Ski'?)







7. What is the name of the river that runs through Paris?







8. SONG. Our first song was 'Non Je Ne Regrette Rien', sung by Edith Piaf - YouTube link here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRCYEkA0_q8


What does 'Non Je Ne Regrette Rien' mean?

What was Edith Piaf's nickname?






ROUND 2. Places



9. Here is the 'Arc De Triumph', which can be found on Avenue Champs Elyses in Paris. Whose grave is underneath it?







10. How many steps are there to the top of 'The Eiffel Tower'?

(Anyone been up it?)







11. Which annual arts event takes place in Cannes every May?







12. Which annual sporting event takes place in Monte Carlo, again in May?







13. Which UK landmark is twinned with Mont Saint Michel in Normandy?







14. Which French cathedral was damaged by fire on 15th April 2019?







15. According to the Dan Brown book 'The Da Vinci Code