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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

FWAC a la French: Parlez-Vous Francais?

Bonjour,

We made it to Montreal safe and sound.

Now what?

One of the things I look forward to the most when visiting Montreal in the summer is the weather. After 2 months of scorching New York double H - heat and humidity, the cool dry Montreal air is a real treat for me and my hair! Like Eva Mendes I am addicted to my blow dryer and flat iron but I won't need to overuse them here. I can already hear my hair letting out a sigh of relief!

Before we hit the town, I wanted to touch base and share an important piece of information with you! "Parlez-vous francais?" which means "Do you speak french?" is a question you will hear a lot if you venture out in Montreal with an "english chip" on your shoulder. Don't get me wrong most Montrealers do speak english especially in touristic areas like Downtown and The Old Port of Montreal. Since Montreal has 2 official languages: french and english, with a clear incline towards french, most residents will be able to accommodate you by speaking english. But like anyone they will also appreciate it if you make an effort to address them in their native tongue, french.

French Canadians, which is what Quebec residents are called, are extremely nice and welcoming. Saying good morning and smiling is a normal and appreciated courtesy. If you make an effort to connect with the people, you won't regret it.

Off to do some connecting of my own. First stop: Fashion and Design Festival 2011. If you want to spend the day with me via Twitter follow @FashionWACNY.

Au revoir,

Kelie XoxO

P.S.: French word of the day: Bon Matin = Good Morning.

Just a thought...

"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in other; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

- Audrey Hepburn

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