I Sea Food And Eat It: The Bouillabaisse Diet
A trip to Marseille, France would be incomplete without a taste of the simple bouillabaisse soup. This oily, bony, and filling fish soup originated in Marseille and literally means bolhir (to boil) and abaissar (simmer). The emulsified rust-colored broth warms your throat and the delicate fishy taste lingers in your mouth after swallowing--it’s not a taste welcomed by everyone. Be careful to watch your slurp! It’s considered rude in France.
Marseille (A.K.A. The City Completely Covered in Graffiti)
I think Marseille sounds so luxurious and French. For some reason, I've always pictured Marseille filled with baguette-carrying men and women, art museums around every corner, and quiet cobblestone streets between historic towering villas.
The Aubergine Dilemma
Now imagine Adrianna—who has been taught that everyone knows the word aubergine—learning that her American nanny has never heard the word in her life. After we filled a paper with different shapes of eggplant and multiple shades of purple, we laughed at our odd hand gestures and confusion with the word. Finally, after correcting Adrianna’s mispronunciations of the word “purple,” and translating both “aubergine” and “eggplant” into the Italian word “melanzana,” we figured out the word debacle; we still laugh every time we eat eggplant.
Monaco: Playground for the Rich
Then Mr. Francesco Grimaldi seized control of The Rock in 1297 and started his dynasty. I think it’s pretty incredible that one family has controlled this small town for more than 720 years. Since then, there have been a bunch of treaties signed and agreements made between France and Monaco stating that the French military force will protect this little sovereign city-state if Monegasque policies aligned with whatever political, military, and economic interests France has. So far, so good!