Travel with me to New York

Welcome to my blog that brings together my two passions : French and travel. Learn something interesting about New York today and pick up some French vocabulary too.

New York, the Big Apple, is the largest city in the State of New York whose capital is Albany.  The Hudson River, named after an English explorer, separates it from New Jersey.  It was named in honour of the  Duke of York by the English who took it over in 1664 (previously it was called New Amsterdam). It is known for its fashion, art, entertainment, education and technology among many things. It has been described as the cultural and financial capital of the world.

New York is a huge bustling metropolis with a vibrant day and night life. Even  Frank Sinatra sang about it. Who hasn’t seen a photo or a film featuring Broadway or the Statue of Liberty? What about the Empire State Building? And Times Square? Staten Island? These places are all familiar to many, especially those who like American films.

Broadway is a 21 km road running through Manhattan and is known as the heart of the  American theatre industry. Its name comes from the Dutch name Breede weg. It is really magical to see a show on Broadway – we saw Beauty and the Beast. Hopefully you won’t have annoying people talking right through the show sitting behind you!


The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France given to America in 1886. It represents the Roman goddess of freedom, Libertas.  She holds a torch and a tablet on which is inscribed the date of the American Declaration of Independence (4th July 1776). Edouard de Laboulaye provided the idea for the statue. If you have seen the film, National Treasure 2 with Nicolas Cage, you will have heard De Laboulaye’s name mentioned.  It became the symbol of immigration during the 19th century as it was the first thing immigrants saw when they sailed to New York. More movie trivia – it featured in the 1968 film Planet of the Apes where it is seen half buried in the sand;it is destroyed  in Independence Day and The Day after Tomorrow.

The Empire State Building was opened in 1931 and at the time was the world’s tallest building. It is no longer the case, of course. The building has 103 floors and is served by 73 lifts that whisk you up to the top in seconds. It has observation decks on the  86th and 102nd floor  and is visited annually by thousands of tourists. It has its own zip code because so many businesses are housed in it.

Of course, New York is also known for the tragedy of the Twin Towers when terrorists took control of planes and crashed them into the World Trade Centre on 11th September 2001. Thousands died in the attack and today, at the site where the new Trade Centre is being built (ground Zero), there stands a museum  and a memorial wall in honour of those who died.

Times Square is a large intersection known for its huge New Year’s Eve party when  over a million  gather to count down the time to the New Year. It has become a global tradition to watch the New Year’s Eve ball drop from the flagpole.  It is a hub of restaurants, shops and theatres.

So take a Hop on Hop Off Bus Tour, jump onto a ferry, dine in a restaurant , go shopping or stroll through Central Park. It will be worth it.

French Vocabulary

Today, we are going to learn some useful French phrases you will need to go shopping:

acheter = to buy acheter

un achat = a purchase achat

une carte de crédit = a credit card crédit

une bonne affaire = a bargain bonne affaire

échanger = to exchangeéchanger

combine coûte…? = how much does ….cost? combien coute

il/elle coûte = il coute

cher = expensivecher

bon marché = cheap bon marché

en promotion = special offer en promotion

les soldes = sales soldes

en solde = reduced en solde

un client =  a customer client

le prix = the price prix



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