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New Carla Bruni out today (in France at least)

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Today marks the release of French First Lady, Carla Bruni’s third CD. Some are skeptical of the ex-supermodel turned politician’s wife’s artistic abilities, but I happened to be won over by her first CD Quelqu’un m’a dit. On top of it — even though I hate to admit it — I just can’t get enough of Bruni-Sarkozy gossip. I write about it frequently over at Gadling (this article for example).

I am therefore a little bitter about not being able to get Comme si de rien n’etait in the US yet… (American release date is set for July 22). But it’s on the list of things to look forward to.

Written by Anna Brones

July 11, 2008 at 11:05

Posted in Media + Culture + Music

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Combien de bises?

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The French hello: it’s not a handshake, it’s not a hug, it’s a brief set of kisses on the cheek. But as a foreigner, there is a certain level of awkwardness when you faire la bise for the first time. What cheek to offer? Who do you kiss? How many kisses do you give? It’s simple really: offer your right cheek and don’t kiss your superiors (i.e. your boss). But the confusion comes at the “how many?” part. Fortunately a smart Frenchman did a poll on just how many bises people were used to doing and put together this handy map. What does it tell us? That 2 is the most common, so for the socially conscious, if you’re not sure, go for the double-take and no more; there’s nothing worse than going in for one too many cheek kisses when the other person is already pulling away.

For more on just how to faire la bise in my post on Gadling, click here.

Written by Anna Brones

June 23, 2008 at 09:43

Posted in Bike Love, Portfolio

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France on $100 a day

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Yes, it’s true. France on a low budget is possible. It’s all about getting out of the city and into the country. And although Parisians would love to think that they are the center of the universe, there are a lot of other great places to visit France. I have a new guide over at Matador Trips on how to work your way through rural France, scoring free room and board and the quintessential experience francaise. Check it out here.

Written by Anna Brones

May 12, 2008 at 10:52

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