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Today's National French Fry Day 🍟🍟🍟

And I need like a truck-full, because when I’m feeling crappy I crave unhealthy food. Anyone else?

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What I observed about nationalities working in a museum [in Vienna]

RUSSIANS (mostly older people)

-       speak German more often than English (and pretty well, too)

-       seem either cold or make jokes

-       just start speaking to you in Russian even though you don’t understand a word. Ask in Russian if you can speak Russian. The answer is always no.

-       sometimes make trouble (touch objects and such)

-       don’t always follow the rules (keep using the flash even though you’ve already asked them not to do it 3 times)

-       are the loudest and biggest groups

-      the young people explain stuff to their families

ITALIANS

-       walk in saying ‚buongiorno’ with a smile

-       behave really well

-       proud to see italian art

-       sometimes chat with you

-       are very happy if you can say even one simple word like ‚grazie’

-       even kids respect art

-       are not as loud as you’d think

FRENCH

 -       are the most low-key people ever

-       seem glad if you can respond to them in French

-       ask where to find a picture but don’t know the artist

-       never make any problems.

-       Good manners

GERMANS

-       humorous and make jokes

-        very nice

-       behave correctly

-       will laugh and say sorry when they set off the alarm

-       complain that we kick them out 10 min before we’re officially closed (‚WE STILL GOT 10 MINUTES!!’)

NORTH AMERICANS

-       literally the nicest people you’ll ever meet

-       will sometimes chat with you

-       ‚how did you know I was from the south? Where are YOU from?!’

-       smile a lot

-       apologize and say ‚thanks’ all the time

-       are cool with everything??

SPANISH SPEAKING PEOPLE

-       ‚Where is Velázquez? ;)’

-       Speak Spanish. Speak slower Spanish when they realize you don’t speak Spanish

-        Loud and friendly


AUSTRIANS

-       sometimes act as if they own the place

-       complain

-       smile

JAPANESE

-       ask for stuff in Japanese even though they don’t know yet that you speak it

-       may chat with you in Japanese

-       may insist on replying in English

-       ask if you’re really not Japanese while looking at you extremely suspiciously

-       apologize for speaking in English first even though you know Japanese and they had no way of knowing that

-       never ever make problems

-       either first to come or last to leave

-       really impressed with the art

-       try to figure out everything by themselves

CHINESE

-       out of Asian visitors the louder ones

-       speak mostly really good English

-       have really fast guided tours

-       good manners

People from wherever: you close in 20 minutes, why can’t you let us in? why are you closing so early?! Disappointed. *probably thinking Fuck Vienna*

tbc

Ugh all this Starbucks crap. I wish coffee shops were the way they USED to be. 

You know…friends gathering to gossip, that one guy who’s always yelling about liberation from monarchist oppressors, students throwing chairs out windows to build barricades, the French National Guard showing up and slaughtering everybody…

FRENCH MUSIC RECOMMENDATIONS

Note: Some of these artsits are not from France, but are Belgian, Canadaian, even Austrian. What I mean by ‘French music’ is that it is sung in the French language.


THE NATIONAL ANTHEMS OF THE FRANCOPHONE COUNTRIES:

France - La Marseillaise
Belgium -  La Brabançonne
Canada - Oh, Canada!



POP AND JAZZ

It would be fair to start off with one of the most successful and famous French singers - ZAZ. Her genres are jazz and acoustic, some songs you should definitely check out are: Je veux | On ira | Les passants | La vie en rose |  Si jamais j'oublie;
Another obvious one is Lara Fabian. Some of her songs are: Je t’aime | Je suis malade | J’ai besoin de parler | Ma vie dans la tienne | J’y crois encore;
Céline Dion Pour que tu m’aimes encore | Je sais pas | On ne change pas
Parler à mon père | Encore un soir;
Desireless Voyage, voyage;
Indila Dernière danse | S.O.S. | Tourner dans le vide | Feuille d’automne
Amir Haddad (my personal favourite) J’ai cherché | On dirait | Au cœur de moi | Oasis;
Alma Requiem | La chute est lente | Ma peau aime;
Tal Le passé | Le sens de la vie | Rien n’est parfait | Je prends le large
Vianney Je m’en vais | Moi aimer toi | Dumbo | Sans le dire
Zoë Loin d’ici | Mon ange | Adieu | La nuit des merveilles
Le coeur de pirate Comme des enfants | Crier tout bas;
Christophe Maé Il est où le bonheur | La parisienne | On s’atache | Belle demoiselle;
Jean-Jacques Goldman 4 mots sur un piano | J’irai où tu iras | Sarbacane;

RAP AND HIP-HOP

Stromae 

Papaoutai | Alors on danse | Formidable | Tous Les Mêmes | Ta fête | Carmen |  Quand c’est;
Maître Gims J’me tire | Est-ce que tu m'aimes? | Bella |Habibi | Sapés comme jamais | Laissez passer
Columbine Les Prélis | Dom Périgon
Suprême NTM Ma benz | That’s my people | Seine-Saint-Denis Style | Métèque;
Diam’s Jeune demoiselle | Car Tu Portes Mon Nom | Par Amour | Coeur de bombe
Booba Validée | Tombé pour elle | Scarface | Comme une étoile | Ma couleur | Au bout des reves
Nekfeu Mauvaise graine | Tempête | Egérie | On verra | Ma dope;
SCH Allo maman | Fusil | Champs-Élysées | A7;
Lacrim Grand Armée | Colonel Carrillo | Gustava Gaviria | Poutine | Brasse au max;

ROCK - classic, alternative, indie, folk

Kyo Dernière danse | Le chemin | Le Graal | Je cours | Je saigne encore | L’équilibre;
Indochine J’ai demandé à la lune | L’avanturier | Trois nuits par semaine | 3ème sexe;
Noir désir Le vent nous portera | L’homme pressé | Un jour en France | Comme elle vient;  
Izia La vague | Les ennuis;
Images Les démons de minuit | Corps à corps;
Rita Mitsouko C’est comme ça | Marcia Baila;
My diet pill L’air de rien;
Luke La sentinelle | Soledad | La terre ferme | Le reste du monde | Se taire | Stella
Sortilège D’ailleurs | Metaporphose | Rock city;

FOLK/ CHANSON FRANÇAISE

Jacques Brel Ne me quitte pas | Quand on n’a que l’aimour | La chanson des vieux amants;
Renaud Toujours debout | J’ai embrassé un flic | Mistral gagnat;
Bénabar Le diner | L’effer papillon | A la campagne | Politiquement correct | Dis lui oui
Fréro Delavega Ton visage | Le coeur éléphant | Mon petit pays |Autour de moi;
LouanAvenir | Jour 1 | Jeune (j’ai envie) | Nos secrets | Rester seule;
Edith Piaf Non, je ne regrette rien | La vie en rose | La foule | La boheme;
Claudio Capéo Un homme debout | Ca va ça va | Riche;
Kendji Girac Andalouse | Cool | Conmigo | Elle m’a aimé | No Me Mirès Màs | Les yeux de la mama;
Léo Ferré Avec le temps | C’est extra | La solitude | La mémoire et la mer;
Mes Aïeux Dégénérations | La différence | Ça va mal | Train de vie

EDM/ ELECTRONIC 

WoraklsToi | Salzburg | Bleu;
N’to Trauma | Time | Minuit Caféine | Sur les berges | Flash;


INDIE POP/ INDIE ELECTRONIC

Le couleur L’amour le jour | Jukebox | Voyage amoureux;
Bagarre Mourir du club | Le gouffre | Claque-le | Ris pas;
Les Pirouettes L’escalier | Je nous vois | Dernier métro
Poom Les voiles | Toi et moi | Qui es-tu?;
Aline Je bois et puis je danse | Elle m’oubliera | La vie électrique;
Fishbach Un autre que moi | Béton mouillé | Y crois-tu;
Lescop La forêt | La nuit américaine | Le vent | Le mal mon ange;
Juniore Panique | A la plage | La fin du monde;
Frànçois & The Atlas Mountains La Fille Aux Cheveux de Soie | La vérité Grand Dérèglement;

On calm black waters filled with sleeping stars
White Ophelia floats like a lily,
Floating so slowly, bedded in long veils…
–Hunting horns rise from the distant forest.
 
A thousand years without sad Ophelia,
A white ghost on the long black river;
A thousand years of her sweet madness
Murmuring its ballad in the evening breeze.
—  Arthur Rimbaud, “Ophelia” (trans. Wyatt Mason)

America: Hey, buddy, quick question, why is your national anthem so freakin’ terrifying?!

France: Oh, did Canada finally translate it for you? 

America: Yes!! Wtf, dude, everyone else has nice songs about how pretty they are and shit but– 

France: Was it the line about the blood–

America: So much blood… 

France: It’s invigorating.