FRENCH LESSONS: Une Glace à l’Eau

pretavoyager-glacealeauOh là là! Il fait CHAUD à Paris! Wowza, has it been HOT in Paris (especially after our very chilly June)! Thankfully I finally purchased un ventilateur [fan] for the first time in four years. It’s pretty clear that Europe isn’t really designed for la chaleur [heat] or la canicule [heatwave]. It doesn’t help there’s not much la climatisation [air conditioning] in this city either. So hands down my favorite way to beat the heat is with une glace à l’eau [popsicle]. The best place to find them are at small alimentation générale [mini marts], or you can pick up a box at le super marché [supermarket] or Picard [the frozen food store] to share with friends (or strangers). Miam…. Mmmmmm.

p.s. Ashley told me about this popsicle place in Berlin. So jealous. Wish someone would open one in Paris!

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  • funny, it is the fist time I hear them called “glaces à l’eau”. I have been calling them “glaces”. Not much air conditioning here as we usually have a good heating system for winter and it is rarely that hot but I must admit that a bit of AC would be nice. As for glaces, did you try the pear and chocolate sauce at Picard, they are to die for while waiting for some rain :)

    • ohhh. I’ve only tried strawberry-banana from Picard. They seem to have far better and healthier options than most. If only my freezer actually worked!

  • Anne,
    You need to make your own! :-)
    We’ve been making them with the kids and it’s good fun. So many combinations and only fruit inside.

  • I adore this French Lessons idée [idea]. Language is best learned in context. And yes, the summer heat sans air conditioning in Europe can be killer. Enjoy each glace à l’eau!

  • July 27, 2013 at 6:28 pm // Reply

    I never thought I could love a ventilateur so much..
    Or icey cold showers or the pool. I need total immersion

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