Share Your #StoryofFrance!
Share your favorite memory from your time in France! Maybe you discovered a new region, visited a monument that impressed you, ate an unforgettable meal, or made life-long friends. Share your magical moments with us and you could win a prize!
Just submit your name, city and state, and 2-3 photos as well as a short text (20-25 lines in English) describing your favorite experiences in France to
We want to hear your stories and find out what you love about France!
Each week the best story will be posted on our website, Facebook, and Twitter and the winner will receive a surprise gift!
This contest is open to Non-French citizens residing in the following States:
Illinois - Indiana - Iowa - Kansas - Kentucky - Michigan - Minnesota - Missouri - Nebraska - North Dakota - Ohio - South Dakota - Wisconsin.
• Read Patricia’s story, Winner of Week 20. Patricia’s is a story of long-lasting friendship that started during World War II.
"...Often we speak about this period by thinking of the liberators who sometimes [gave] us candies and chocolates, that of kindness...."
• Read Tim story, Winner of Week 19. Tim and his family had a wonderful trip travelling down the Canal du Nivernais in Burgundy.
"...Each day we would enjoy fresh baguettes and coffee for breakfast, purchased at a nearby boulangerie, cast off the lines and head to the next town..."
• Read Kinga’s story, Winner of Week 18. A true Francophile at heart, Kinga shared a story of her family’s trip to Dordogne.
"...we managed to combine the beautiful chaos of the “city of lights” with an amazing tranquility the French countryside has to offer..."
• Read Holly’s story, Winner of Week 17. Holly shared her family’s many adventures around Strasbourg.
"... We did day trips to Mulhouse and saw one of the most fabulous car museums in the world. There were over 500 antique automobiles ...."
• Read Dave’s story, Winner of Week 16. Dave recounted a story about Avignon and the tradition that it inspired across generations.
"... This is where my late father had stood in Avignon during the last year of WWII. And now, I stood in the same exact location...."
• Read Chris’s story, Winner of Week 15. The story retells Chris’s experience visiting different monuments in Lyon, France, which is located in the Rhône-Alpes region.
"...It’s certainly a strange and humbling feeling to stand in the very spot that was once inhabited by an ancient civilization with a very different worldview...."
• Read Linda and Gordon’s story, Winners of Week 14. The story recounts their adventure at Fort L’Ecluse and the places they visited in Saint-Genis-Pouilly.
"...The structure is quite ominous which, of course, spiked our interest. We were enthralled by the enormous effort is took to build the fort in such difficult terrain..."
• Read Barbara and Phil’s story, Winners of Week 13. The story retells their experience in a small village named St. Nicolas-de-la-Grave in Tarn-et-Garonne and a visit to the Cadillac Museum.
"...Vineyards, fields of sunflowers, and sunshine filled our days. The week was a treasure and a-once-in-a-lifetime experience..."
• Read Rebecca’s story, Winner of Week 12. She recounts her experience of a trip with her students to Paris after the terrorist attacks that occurred in France this past January.
"...From the Place de la République to the Place de la Bastille and beyond, 16 young Americans learned the true sense of Républicanisme and that the concepts of Liberté, Egalité, and Fraternité are not abstract, but real practices that exist in everyday life..."
• Read Alice and James’ stories, Winners of Week 11. They share with us a story about their time in Mont St Michel, Strasbourg, Bayeux, and Paris.
""... I met a boy at the playground one day and we played touche-touche (tag) and cache-cache (hide and go seek). We had lots of fun and when it was time to leave, he asked me if I was from Paris. I thought that was really funny! ..."
• Read David’s story, Winner of Week 10. He shares with us a story about his time at the Paris Marathon.
""...Mixed among the hundreds of French spectators, we gleefully shouted out cheers of encouragement in French and English as the runners came by. Many of the runners responded with shouts, waves and even some high-fives..."
• Read Jeannette’ s story, Winner of Week 9. She tells us about her time in the city of Nantes where she discovered the spectacular Giants of Royal de Luxe, a world-famous French marionette street theatre company.
"The people of Nantes were expecting the puppets to make an entrance but not quite the way that they anticipated. The first puppet to arrive was La Petite Géante. She appeared on one of the main streets near the city center having “fallen from the sky” and “hit” by a public transit bus.”
• Read Daniel’s story, Winner of Week 8. Cheers to Daniel for sharing his experiences in Bordeaux, where he discovered the picturesque vineyards of Medoc and the many world-famous Chateaux.
"“There is no substitute to actually seeing the immense old chateaus dating back hundreds of years and to hear the passion in the vintners’ voice.”
• Read Paul’s story, Winner of Week 7. Paul tell us about his family’s adventures in France throughout the years and how he passed on his love for France to his two sons.
"“Touring the countryside with sunflower fields that go on forever, running through the bunkers of Normandy, staying in converted castles and running around the ruins as the sun sets………seeing France through the excited eyes of your children………it doesn’t get much better than that.”
• Read Landa’s story, Winner of Week 6. Landa tells us how France has touched her life, and shares stories of some of her best times in the country with her family.
"My love affair with France and all things French began when I was five years old and my mother gave me a story book in the much loved ’Babar the Elephant’ book series."
• Read Stella’s story, Winner of Week 5. Stella, a 3 year old from Chicago, talks about her exciting vacations in Provence and Paris.
"This was the one meal my parents literally let me eat cake for lunch, and the chocolate smile says it all."
• Read Greg’s story, Winner of Week 4. Greg Biggers, Executive Chef at Café des Architectes - Sofitel Chicago Water Tower shares with us his culinary adventure in Lyon and Tremolat in the Perigord region.
"Magret duck, black Perigord truffles, Chestnuts, and small village farming. It was like a fairy tale."
• Read Suzanne’s story, Winner of Week 3. Suzanne tells us about her family’s history with France!
"Every French person told me, we remember what the Americans did for our country."
• Read Heather’s story, Winner of Week 2. Heather shares with us her personal story... You never know who you will meet in Romantic Paris.
"I met a French man under the Eiffel Tower…and I just married him!"
• Read Claire’s story, Winner of Week 1. Claire was an English assistant in the Académie d’Aix-Marseille in 2013-2014.
"I fell in love with Marseille from the very beginning"