Tag: France

Nancy Wake

The Gestapo called her “The White Mouse.” She could kill you with her bare hands. She was a decorated World War II heroine of the French Resistance.

The Women’s March on Versailles

The lesson here is to never make women angry. They may start a revolution.

La Maupin

Opera singer. Duelist. Saucy girl. Julie d’Aubigny always got the job done.

Julie, also known as Mademoiselle Maupin or La Maupin, was an opera singer in the 17th century. We don’t know much about her for certain, but her career and lifestyle was certainly entertaining. During her lifetime, rumors and colorful stories about her made their way into many gossip mills around France.

The following is all true as best as we can tell, but it sure is one hell of a story.

I am embarrassed for my country

My first trip abroad was in the Spring of 1985. My high school French class took a trip each year and I knew I wanted to go. I remember the cost was $1,073 for the ten-day trip. Every penny I earned delivering newspaper went toward that trip.

My French teacher, Mrs. Mazzone, drilled it into our heads we would be ambassadors for America. Our behavior would reflect what people would think of Americans. Careful admonishments were made about how we should act in public and private during the trip and we learned about cultural differences we should expect.

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