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About French Affaires

Market StrawberriesWhen I first set foot in Paris as a teenager, les pyramides in front of the Louvre didn't exist, the Musée d'Orsay was a defunct train station with broken windows, and the church of Notre Dame would continue to display a sooty black façade for another twenty plus years. Still, Paris had that certain je ne sais quoi. And, like so many before me, I was hooked…well, nearly.

In early 1985, I immersed myself in Provence and in the French way of life as a student--and was captivated. Though my French needed (a lot) more work, I was touched by everything…the light, the landscape, the colors…the art and architecture that were old…the Roman ruins that were really old…the lively, open-air markets with dazzling fruits and vegetables…strawberries that tasted more strawberry than any I had ever eaten…and of course, the French people who were just so French. It was truly a feast for the senses.

Many years, a few degrees in French and several sojourns in France later, I decided I wanted to share my passion for all things French beyond the classroom. I wanted to focus on that magical space where travel, culture and language intersect. And so, French Affaires was born.

From special travel and cultural events such as "The Best of Paris" and "The Best of Provence," to language and culture courses including "Survival French" and "French Conversation: A Way With Words," to leading excursions to France, to personalized trip design, French Affaires offers an immersion into l'art de vivre--the art of living--the French way.

Come and join us for a "journey" to France. Your French adventure awaits.


About Elizabeth New Seitz, Ph.D.

A native Texan, Dr. New is a specialist in French and founder of French Affaires, a company celebrating French travel, culture, language, and l'art de vivre. She is a self-confessed Francophile and has been making pilgrimages to France since 1983. Paris and Provence count among her particular favorites as she has lived in both locales, though the country is so varied that "there are always more riches to discover," she notes. Her experience includes undergraduate and graduate teaching, presentations at national and international conferences, and organizing and leading trips to France. She is currently writing a travel book on France.

Left photo credit: The Dallas Morning News/Sonya N. Hebert

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