dimanche 21 mai 2017

Creative Kids Cultural Blog Hop - May 2017



Welcome to the May 2017 Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop!


The Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop is a place where bloggers can share multicultural activities, crafts, recipes, and musings for our creative kids. We can't wait to see what you share this time!

Created by Frances of Discovering the World through My Son's Eyes, the blog hop has now found a new home at Multicultural Kid Blogs.

This month our co-hosts are:


Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop is a place for you to share your creative kids culture posts. It's very easy, and simple to participate!
Just follow these simple guidelines:
  • Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook. Please let us know you're following us, and we will be sure to follow you back.
  • Link up any creative kids culture posts, such as language, culture, books, travel, food, crafts, playdates, activities, heritage, and holidays, etc. Please, link directly to your specific post, and no giveaways, shops, stores, etc.
Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop
  • Please grab the button code above and put it on your blog or the post you’re linking up. You can also add a text link back to this hop on your blog post. Note: By sharing your link up on this blog hop you are giving us permission to feature your blog post with pictures, and to pin your link up in our Creative Kids Culture Feature board on Pinterest.
  • Don't be a stranger, and share some comment love! Visit the other links, and comment. Everyone loves comments!
  • The Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop will go live on the 3rd Sunday of the month. It will run for three weeks. The following blog hop we will feature a previous link up post, and if you're featured, don't forget to grab the button below:
Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop


The post I have selected for this CKCBH has a real meaning for me : 

6 tips for communicating with grand parents who live abroad


Well, we live in Germany and all my kids' grand-parents are in France. It's not far away and at the same time, we can't see them as often as we would like. We are already doing some of the things listed, however I know many other people would be interested in those ideas!




Thank you for linking-up, and we can't wait to see what you've been up to!



vendredi 19 mai 2017

Non je ne suis pas morte! / No I'm not dead!

Text in English below

Bonjour à toutes et tous!

Comme c'est étrange pour moi de revenir sur ce blog. Tant de choses se sont passées depuis septembre 2016.

Je pensais bien à écrire sur La Cité des Vents, je ne voulais pas le terminer mais prendre une pause pour trouver un équilibre avec mon travail et ma vie de famille. Et puis, les semaines et mois passant, comme écrire dans mon blog personnel n'était plus dans mon planning, je n'ai même plus essayé de trouver du temps pour cela.

C'est grâce à mes amies de Multicultural Kid Blogs que je remet le pied à l'étrier maintenant. Elles m'ont fait prendre conscience que si on ne fait pas l'effort d'ouvrir son blog et de commencer à écrire... et bien, on ne le fera jamais! Même si on a le temps, si on a plein d'idées, il faut avoir la volonté pour réaliser des choses qui ont de l'importance.

Voilà pour ce jour mon conseil: mettez-vous au travail dès maintenant pour réaliser vos projets, ne reportez pas à plus tard car plus tard se transforme très vite en "jamais". En effet personne d'autre que vous ne peut le faire à votre place.

Bonne journée mes chères lectrices et mes chers lecteurs!
A très vite!


Durant ces mois d'absence sur mon blog, ma famille a vécu beaucoup de choses! Je vous en parle bientôt!
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In all those months of non blogging, my family lived many things! I will tell you soon about some of them.


Hello everyone!

It's so strange for me to come back on this blog. So many things have happened since September 2016.

I thought often to write on La Cité des Vents, I didn't want to stop, I just wanted to take a rest to find a better balance between my work and my family life. And then, weeks and months passed by, and as writing in my blog wasn't anymore in my schedule, I didn't even try to find time for it.

It's thanks to my friends from Multicultural Kid Blogs that I'm coming back! They helped me to see that if we don't make a conscious effort to open our blog and begin to write... well, no one will do it for you! Even if we have time, many ideas, we need the will to make important things happen,

So here is my advice for today: set yourself to work right now to realise your projects, don't postpone because later will become "never". Indeed no one will do it in your stead.

Have a nice dear my dear readers!
Write you very soon!

dimanche 18 septembre 2016

Creative Culture Blog Hop September 2016




Welcome to the Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop!

The Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop is a place where bloggers can share multicultural activities, crafts, recipes, and musings for our creative kids. We can't wait to see what you share this time!

Created by Frances of Discovering the World through My Son's Eyes, the blog hop has now found a new home at Multicultural Kid Blogs.
This month our co-hosts are:


Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop is a place for you to share your creative kids culture posts. It's very easy, and simple to participate!
Just follow these simple guidelines:
  • Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook. Please let us know you're following us, and we will be sure to follow you back.
  • Link up any creative kids culture posts, such as language, culture, books, travel, food, crafts, playdates, activities, heritage, and holidays, etc. Please, link directly to your specific post, and no giveaways, shops, stores, etc.
Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop
  • Please grab the button code above and put it on your blog or the post you’re linking up. You can also add a text link back to this hop on your blog post. Note: By sharing your link up on this blog hop you are giving us permission to feature your blog post with pictures, and to pin your link up in our Creative Kids Culture Feature board on Pinterest.
  • Don't be a stranger, and share some comment love! Visit the other links, and comment. Everyone loves comments!
  • The Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop will go live on the 3rd Sunday of the month. It will run for three weeks. The following blog hop we will feature a previous link up post, and if you're featured, don't forget to grab the button below:
Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop


Here's my favorite from last time:





If you want to help your children learn geography and other important facts about our world, this post should be interesting for you. Practical Mom has come with a nice cross between a where's Wally and a map hunt game. As my son loves both Wally and maps, I think we're going to do that activity during the next holidays.



Thank you for linking-up, and we can't wait to see what you've been up to!



lundi 22 août 2016

Creative Kid Culture Blog Hop - August 2016



Welcome to the Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop!

The Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop is a place where bloggers can share multicultural activities, crafts, recipes, and musings for our creative kids. We can't wait to see what you share this time!

Created by Frances of Discovering the World through My Son's Eyes, the blog hop has now found a new home at Multicultural Kid Blogs.

This month our co-hosts are:


Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop is a place for you to share your creative kids culture posts. It's very easy, and simple to participate!
Just follow these simple guidelines:
  • Pinterest, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook. Please let us know you're following us, and we will be sure to follow you back.
  • Link up any creative kids culture posts, such as language, culture, books, travel, food, crafts, playdates, activities, heritage, and holidays, etc. Please, link directly to your specific post, and no giveaways, shops, stores, etc.
Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop
  • Please grab the button code above and put it on your blog or the post you’re linking up. You can also add a text link back to this hop on your blog post. Note: By sharing your link up on this blog hop you are giving us permission to feature your blog post with pictures, and to pin your link up in our Creative Kids Culture Feature board on Pinterest.
  • Don't be a stranger, and share some comment love! Visit the other links, and comment. Everyone loves comments!
  • The Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop will go live on the 3rd Sunday of the month. It will run for three weeks. The following blog hop we will feature a previous link up post, and if you're featured, don't forget to grab the button below:
Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop



This month, I would like to feature a post from Crafty Moms Share about an activity I rather enjoy: coloring! 

The Colors of Asia seems to be one of those coloring book that can both help you de-stress and teach you about design and cultures. The fact that you can learn which country has inspired which drawing is a definite bonus!



Thank you for linking-up, and we can't wait to see what you've been up to!



mercredi 3 août 2016

Songs for past sport championships & olympics


Many songs have been written for the opening or closing ceremonies of the Olympic Games. We will talk about some of them that have been and are still loved around the world.

Olympics

Barcelona, Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé. Barcelona 1992

This, this is the first song I really remember when someone talks about the Olympics. Not because I remember the opening ceremony with the big screen showing the recorded video of the two singers, just a few months after Freddie Mercury's death. It's just because I sung it with my middle school choir during several concerts. This song always gave me the chills and a "je ne sais quoi"... I will always have a special place in my heart for it.



Reach, Gloria Estefan. Atlanta 1996

This song talks about motivation and going beyond oneself... and it's not only in sports but also in life in general. In facts, it was written six years after Gloria's car crash in which she had her spine fractured. She succeeded in overcoming her pain and was able to walk again. That's a powerful song, isn't it?



One moment in time, Whitney Houston. Seoul 1988

If this video-clip doesn't represent the Olympic Games, I don't know what could! Whitney received an Emmy Award for it in 2008.


Hand in hand, Koreana. Seoul 1988

You will see in the clip that on the official korean TV, the opening ceremony was translated in Korean Sign Language. As the song talks about cooperation and frienship, this seems rather fitting!




The Flame, Tina Arena. Sydney 2000


The singer Tina Arena sung it with a children choir and it's one of the best remembered singing act of an Olympics ceremony.



Heroes live forever, Vanessa Amorosi. Sydney 2000

I discovered this song while researching for this post and I totally felt in love with it! What a beautiful and powerful voice! The lyrics are not bad either...



Championships

Every football / soccer fan knows it: for each world cup or regional championship, songs are recorded and (heavily) passed on the radios. Here are 5 memorables, that could also aplied for Olympics athletes.

Waka waka, Shakira. South Africa 2010


La Copa de la Vida, Ricky Martin. France 1998


We are the champions, Queen. USA 1994




Dar um Jeito (We will find a way), Carlos Santana, Wyclef, Avicii and Alexandre Pires . Brazil 2014


Magic in the air, Magic System. Brazil 2014

In France, it was the biggest hit with the song from Shakira (La la la) and the one from Germany (Auf Uns, from Andreas Bourani) during the 2014 Wordl Cup.


Bonus


It's not a song, but I'm sure you are as fan as I am of this video sequence!



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Welcome to our Olympics for Kids series! The Olympics are a wonderful opportunity to teach kids about the world and explore cultures together. Today, you can find more about other music posts about various countries thanks to our participating bloggers:

How Dutch Nursery Rhymes Helped Me as an Expat Mother - Multicultural Kid Blogs
Songs for Past Sports Championships and the Olympics - La Cité des Vents
Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Globe Trottin' Kids
Chile - La Clase de Sra. DuFault

Don't forget that you can also download our Summer Games Unit activity pack to learn more about the world and have fun during the Olympics.

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vendredi 29 juillet 2016

Places where Olympics took place

France has seen many Olympic Games. As the "founder", Baron Pierre de Coubertin was French, France and French have strong ties with them.

Winter Games:


Three times France has been the host: 1924 was the first time the Winter Games took place, and it was in Chamonix. 5 sports for 9 different competitions... Quite less than our actual Olympic Games with 7 sports and 15 disciplines.



Second time was in Grenoble in 1968: 37 nations were present for the tenth Winter Games.



Third time in Albertville, in 1992, was my first real exposition to winter sports on television. I was 10 and I loved to watch biathlon, bobsleigh, figure skating (that's a sport I already watched), or ski jumping.



Summer Games:



Paris held two times the Olympics: in 1900 and 1924. The 1924 Games (VIIIth Olympics) saw 44 nations competing. 17 sports and 23 disciplines were "fought" by 2954 men and 135 women.




All the pictures in this post are from the website Les Sports.info


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Welcome to our Olympics for Kids series! The Olympics are a wonderful opportunity to teach kids about the world and explore cultures together. Today, you can find more geography and flag posts about various countries thanks to our participating bloggers:

All about Chile - Multicultural Kid Blogs
France: Places Where the Olympics Took Place - La Cité des Vents
South Africa's Flag: A Symbol of Unity and Progress - Globe Trottin' Kids
Brazilian Flag Infographic - the piri-piri lexicon
Flying the Dutch Flag - Expat Life with a Double Buggy

Don't forget that you can also download our Summer Games Unit activity pack to learn more about the world and have fun during the Olympics.

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lundi 25 juillet 2016

Sports to try when visiting France

Visiting France for foreigners has a feel of "I've been there!!!" However, if some places are huge touristic areas (say Paris city, Alsace, Côte d'Azur, Provence, Vallé de la Loire, Corse island, etc), the possibilities for enjoying my lovely country are far more diverse.

As the Olympic Games will start next month, let see which sports you can try while touring France.

Hiking in the mountains

A definitly easy (or not) sport to do! France has several mountain ranges, some high (Alpes, Pyrénées) and others more medium (Vosges, Massif Central). Ask the tourist office in the city or village of your choice, and they will explain you all the hiking roads and paths in the area!

Hiking in the mountains was part of my childhood experiences. Living at the foot of the Pyrénées (in Céret, Pyrénées-Orientales), each year my scholls organized a pic-nic in the mountains. We even crossed a couple of time the border between France and Spain... and if the teachers hadn't tell us, we would have never known! Because a pathway on the top of a mountain looks the same in both countries. ;-)

Lac des Bouillouses, Pyrénées-Orientales, France. Photo: Office de tourisme des PO


Canoeing on the rivers

Ok, it's not everywhere you can go canoeing, but do it if you are near gorges (= canyon): gorges du Tarn, gorges de l'Ardèche, gorges de l'Hérault, gorges du Verdon... The list is open!

My mother is not really of the adventurous type, so I never tried canoeing. I hope I will be able to do it with my kids when they will be a bit older.

image: North of the Dordogne.

Pétanque

Nothing is like pétanque when in holidays. That's the friendly yet competitive, slow yet precise, sport you can enjoy with your family, friends or people you know nothing about. It's a custom in the South of France, and you can play it in the whole country (we even have some pétanque sand pit in my town in Germany!!!) Be careful not to lose the cochonnet, and don't walk in the middle of game: you would be in serious danger of "verbal abuse" from the players you have disturbed. Pétanque is not a child game, it's serious matter!

Crédit photo: wikipedia


Horse riding

If you like horseriding, France has many opportunities for you to both discover the landscape and have a good time with a horse. Riding in woods, in the countryside or on the beaches, pick what you prefer!

Crédit: farandride


Rock climbing in Bourgogne
Rock Climbing

I tried it once in my childhood, but I'm not as balanced as needed for this sport. On this website, you have a list of all the good rock climbing places in France. You can't say you didn't know where to go!



Char à voile

The website of the French federation lists all the clubs where you can do some char à voile. My son has seen a video of that sport and now he can't wait to be big enough to try it! (Have I told you how adventurous he is?)

Credit: Ouest-France


Motor sports

You like to go fast or drive through the mountains? Check the website of the French Federation of Motor Sports for all the dates of the future rallyes, where you can train, etc. (website in French only). It's not my cup of tea, but I know people who love to discover a region that way.

Grand circuit du Roussillon

Skiing and everything "winter sports"

This is it! You're coming to France in winter, and you would be eager to mix touring and winter sports? Haha! We have everything you want (and more) in France! It's not for nothing that the Winter Olympic Games have been held 3 times in my country (in the Alpes)! If you go to Chamonix, Grenoble or Albertville, you will be able to play many winter sports. But you have also wonderful ski pists in the Pyrénées.

Chamonix

Now, you have been warned. France is a sportive country!

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Welcome to our Olympics for Kids series! The Olympics are a wonderful opportunity to teach kids about the world and explore cultures together. Today, you can find more about other travel posts about various countries thanks to our participating bloggers:

Explore Wild Nature in Latvia - Multicultural Kid Blogs
Sports to Try When Visiting France - La Cité des Vents
A Journey in South Africa - Globe Trottin' Kids
Sports to Try When Visiting France - La Cité des Vents
Traveling to Chile - La Clase de Sra. DuFault
Tomar, Portugal: the Last Templar Town - the piri-piri lexicon
7 Places to Explore in the Netherlands - Expat Life with a Double Buggy
Explore Buenos Aires, Argentina - Hispanic Mama
Kid-Friendly Vacation in Puerto Rico - Discovering the World Through My Son's Eyes

Don't forget that you can also download our Summer Games Unit activity pack to learn more about the world and have fun during the Olympics.

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mercredi 20 juillet 2016

Best Olympics sports for French people/ Meilleurs sports aux JO pour la France

Chaque pays prenant part aux Jeux Olympiques a des sports dans lesquels ses sportifs ont plus de chance de remporter des médailles. Pour les meilleures performances de la France dans les Jeux Olympiques d'Eté, on peut compter les disciplines suivantes:
Each country taking part in Olympic Games has some sports in which their athletes have more chance of winning medals. For the best performances of France in the Summer Olympic Games, we can count the following sports:

Escrime / Fencing

Que ce soit au fleuret, à l'épée ou au sabre, la France est considérée comme d'une des meilleurs nations en escrime. Depuis le début des JO, 115 médailles ont été gagnées. 41 en or, 40 en argent et 34 en bronze.
Foil, sword, sabre, France is considered one of the best countries in fencing. Since the beginning of the Olympics, 115 medals have been won: 41 golden, 40 silver, 34 bronze.


Equipe de sabre féminin JO 2016


Cyclisme / Cycling

De nombreuses disciplines sont sous cette dénomination: cyclisme sur piste, sur route, VTT et BMX. En tout, les Français ont eu 92 médailles: 41 en or, 27 en argent, 22 en bronze.
Many different types of cycling exist: road cycling, track cycling, VTT and BMX. In total, French succeed 92 times to win a medal: 41 gold, 27 silver and 22 bronze.


Jeannie Longo, so many races won and records set!!!
Par Fanny Schertzer — Travail personnel, CC BY-SA 3.0, wikipedia


Athlétisme / Athletism

Avec 61 médailles, la France arrive à chaque JO à rafler au moins une ou deux médailles. Les athlètes français sont meilleurs en saut à la perche, course de vitesse et relais en général. 14 médailles en or, 22 en argent et 25 en bronze.
With 61 medals, France usually win one or two medals at each Olympics. French athlets are better at pole-vault, track run and relay. 14 gold, 22 silver and 25 bronze.

Par Georges Biard, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikipedia
Renaud Lavillenie (here in 2012), vaulting pole recordman in World championship and Olympics.

Judo

Depuis quelques décennies, la France a misé sur ses judokas pour remporter des médailles. 47 médailles au total sont assez exceptionnelles pour un pays qui s'est mis à la pratique des arts martiaux assez tard par rapport aux pas plus "historiques" comme le Japon ou la Chine. Les judokas français ont combattus vaillement pour obtenir 12 médailles en or, 10 en argent et 25 en bronze.
For a few decades, France improved their judokas training to win medals. 47 in total is rather exceptional for a country that is not a country of origin for martial arts, like Japan or China. French judokas won 12 golden medals, 10 silver and 25 bronze.


Par Georges Biard, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikipedia


Par XIIIfromTOKYO — Travail personnel, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikipedia
Championnat du monde 2010



Viennent ensuite, la natation, le tir, le tir à l'arc, la voile, la gymnastique, le canoë-kayak et l'aviron.
You have also these sports which French are often good at: swimming, shooting, archery, sailing, gymnastic, canoë-kayak, rowing.

Donc si vous voulez entendre la Marseillaise durant les cérémonies de remise des médailles, suivez l'une de ces compétition!
So if you want to listen to la Marseillaise during one of the medals ceremony, watch these competitions!

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http://multiculturalkidblogs.com/olympics-for-kids/

Welcome to our Olympics for Kids series! The Olympics are a wonderful opportunity to teach kids about the world and explore cultures together.
Today, you can find more about other posts about the Summer Games thanks to our participating bloggers:

Let the Summer Games Begin! - Multicultural Kid Blogs
Best Olympic Sports for French People - La Cité des Vents
Summer Olympics Party for Kids - using resources wisely
The Summer Games - La Clase de Sra. DuFault

Don't forget that you can also download our Summer Games Unit activity pack to learn more about the world and have fun during the Olympics.

http://multiculturalkidblogs.com/product/summer-games-unit-activity-pack-ages-8-12/
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