Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities

Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee promotes educational and cultural exchange between Caen, France and Alexandria, VA The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee is a volunteer city committee that promotes educational and cultural exchange between the city of Caen in Normandy, France and the city of Alexandria in Virginia.

The committee coordinates an annual student exchange program, an internship program, French language lessons, a lecture series, and children's story time. Our big signature event is a D-day (June 6th) commemorative event every year on Market Square. Throughout the year we might host a variety of events including fundraisers, educational events, wine & cheese parties, or sporting events.

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Sharing a bit of Happy Holiday cheer Alexandria, Virginia style with our friends in the Sister-City of  Caen, France.  C...
12/07/2021

Sharing a bit of Happy Holiday cheer Alexandria, Virginia style with our friends in the Sister-City of Caen, France. Caen is a port city much like Alexandria and has a lovely marina and public waterfront as we do.
Joyeux Noël et bonnes fêtes à nos amis a Caen ! Which means...Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to our friends in Caen)

Caen’s traditional and cosmopolitan Christmas market hosts within the city-center over sixty chalets selling an outstand...
12/06/2021

Caen’s traditional and cosmopolitan Christmas market hosts within the city-center over sixty chalets selling an outstanding array of Christmas goodies from around the world such as nativity figurines, Christmas sweets, pain d’épices gingerbread, mulled wine and cider and traditional waffles. 27 November – 31 December 2021.
Joyeux Noel!

Caen’s traditional and cosmopolitan Christmas market hosts within the city-center over sixty chalets selling an outstanding array of Christmas goodies from around the world such as nativity figurines, Christmas sweets, pain d’épices gingerbread, mulled wine and cider and traditional waffles. 27 November – 31 December 2021.
Joyeux Noel!

Some of our former sister city teen exchange students have participated in this program.  Maybe you, your child, or even...
11/20/2021

Some of our former sister city teen exchange students have participated in this program. Maybe you, your child, or even your grandchild might also be interested? Have them send you a postcard!

The day has finally arrived! 🎉 We are excited to announce that applications for TAPIF 2022-2023 are now open on tapif.org! 💻 This unique youth mobility program offers 7 month teaching assistant contracts in French public schools to over 1400 qualified American citizens and permanent residents every year. 🏫🇫🇷

The deadline for application is January 15th, 2022. Don't wait, apply today! ⏳

Last night we had a fun time sharing our creations for the holidays while we enjoyed a glass of Beaujolais together. Tha...
11/19/2021

Last night we had a fun time sharing our creations for the holidays while we enjoyed a glass of Beaujolais together. Thank you to all who joined us. We're posting again the recipe for Coquille St. Jacques; a popular French dish from the coast of Normandy made with scallops. This is an easy recipe to follow and soo delicious. We hope you will enjoy it with your family and friends.

Celebrate the holidays in Alexandria!  The programs discussed tonight, and more, all listed here on the Visit Alexandria...
11/19/2021
Top Things to Do in Alexandria, VA This Holiday Season

Celebrate the holidays in Alexandria! The programs discussed tonight, and more, all listed here on the Visit Alexandria blog: https://blog.visitalexandriava.com/alexandria-va-holiday-things-to-do/?_ga=2.252926153.1933981876.1637286049-2117735474.1637193654&_gl=1*8d9l68*_ga*MjExNzczNTQ3NC4xNjM3MTkzNjU0*_ga_SQCWJ2S4GS*MTYzNzI4NjA4NC4yLjEuMTYzNzI4NjA5NS40OQ..

Be surprised and delighted by Alexandria, VA’s holiday magic along historic streetscapes, from twinkling lights to open-air markets and more.

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrive! What a wonderful time celebrating the coming holidays with friends over a glass (or tw...
11/19/2021

Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrive! What a wonderful time celebrating the coming holidays with friends over a glass (or two). Happy Thanksgiving to all!

This Thursday, Nov 11th: Normandy Cheese and Cider class hosted virtually by local business, Cheestique!NOTE: MUST ORDER...
11/07/2021
Online Class: Normandy | Cheesetique Online Ordering

This Thursday, Nov 11th: Normandy Cheese and Cider class hosted virtually by local business, Cheestique!

NOTE: MUST ORDER TONIGHT, November 7th, for cheese and cider pick-up. Apologies for late notice.

Enjoy!

https://cheesetique.square.site/product/online-class-normandy/2488

THURSDAY November 11th, 6:00 pm ESTInstructor: Jill Erber, Cheesetique's Founder & Cheese LadyDuration: 60 minutesORDER FOR SHIPPING BY SUNDAY NIGHT, NOVEMBER 7th. See details below.The Normandy region of France is home to some of the most ancient, storied cheeses in the world. It is also the wo...

November in Normandy leads to la coquille ( the scallop) Share your favorite recipe with us!  Fête de la Coquille, des p...
11/03/2021
Normandy's scallop festivals – Normandy Tourism, France

November in Normandy leads to la coquille ( the scallop) Share your favorite recipe with us! Fête de la Coquille, des produits de la mer et de la gastronomie

Normandy is one of the best regions in France for scallops! Find out more about the region's many scallop festivals taking place throughout the autumn.

10/30/2021

The 2 hour Lafayette Escadrille documentary will be on PBS this coming Sunday, Nov 7 at 10pm on WETA World. Take the opportunity to see the whole film and let us know. We'd love to hear from you.
Lafayette Escadrille Documentary

A few picts of our sister city, Caen, situated along the northwest coast of France in the department of Calvados.  Shown...
10/26/2021

A few picts of our sister city, Caen, situated along the northwest coast of France in the department of Calvados. Shown here is the marina at dusk, the medieval town section known as the ‘Vielle Ville’ (Old town), and the beautiful Eglise Saint-Pierre built between the 13th-16th centuries.

Take a day trip to Richmond, VA to see the upcoming Man Ray exhibit at the VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Paris ...
10/24/2021
VMFA Presents Man Ray: The Paris Years | Art & Object

Take a day trip to Richmond, VA to see the upcoming Man Ray exhibit at the VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Paris Years, Opening Oct.30th.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts announces its upcoming exhibition, Man Ray: The Paris Years, on view in Richmond from October 30, 2021, through February 21, 2022. Organized by Dr. Michael Taylor, VMFA’s Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Art and Education, the exhibition includes more than 100...

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for our (sold out!) event!!  “Cocktails with the Filmmaker” with Paul Glensh...
10/22/2021

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for our (sold out!) event!! “Cocktails with the Filmmaker” with Paul Glenshaw, Director of the documentary “The Lafayette Escadrille”, was a very interesting and rewarding evening! Mr. Glenshaw shared stories from behind then scenes, exciting film clips, as well as questions & answers, and good cheer 🥂. Merci beaucoup Paul & our deep admiration for the Lafayette Escadrille pilots 🇺🇸♥️🇫🇷 Lafayette Escadrille Documentary American Battle Monuments Commission

This walking tour in DC next Wednesday, October 13 looks interesting for our sister city friends!
10/07/2021

This walking tour in DC next Wednesday, October 13 looks interesting for our sister city friends!

There are many connections between DC and France, from the Revolutionary War hero General Marquis de Lafayette to the original planner of our nation's capital Pierre L'Enfant. Join Katie Kirkpatrick, founder of Off The Mall Tours, on a tour as she shows you the French side of D.C. dressed up as Marquis de Lafayette! Next tour is on Wednesday, October 13 @ 7:00 PM. Book your tour here: https://www.otmdc.com/full-booking-menu.

#FranceinDC #France #DC #Lafayette #OffTheMall #PierreLEnfant #TourGuide #FrenchTour

Did you know this phrase? French word of the week: Lèche-vitrine. 😛
09/30/2021

Did you know this phrase? French word of the week: Lèche-vitrine. 😛

Our #HowToPronounce🇫🇷 word of the day is "lèche-vitrine.'" (/lɛʃ.vi.tʁin/) It is translated as "window shopping" in English, but literally means "window licking," which comes from the French verb "lécher" = "to lick." On the photo you can see Audrey Hepburn (as Holly Golightly) looking at the Tiffany's "vitrine" while having her morning coffee and a croissant. This is our (early) #weekendmood! 🥐 What are your plans for the long weekend? We hope doing your French homework is one of them 😉

#French #FrenchWord #FrenchPronunciation #FrenchLanguage #LearnFrench #AFDC #AllianceFançaise #ParlerFrançais

Learning to draw with Paul Glenshaw & Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities  Sip & Sketch at the Lyceum last night!  Thanks to a...
09/29/2021

Learning to draw with Paul Glenshaw & Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Sip & Sketch at the Lyceum last night! Thanks to all the artists and artists couples who joined us. #paulglenshaw is a modern dynamic teacher of the classical arts & we loved it!! #alexandriava #artists #datenight #youngprofessionals #fun

Today the Washington Post printed the below story about the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, discussed in Lind...
07/25/2021
This unit of Black women made history in World War II. They’re finally getting broader recognition.

Today the Washington Post printed the below story about the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, discussed in Linda Hervieux's book "Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes at Home and Abroad," presented as part of our D-Day program this year. Check the link for more:

https://www.thelily.com/this-unit-of-black-women-made-history-in-world-war-ii-theyre-finally-getting-broader-recognition/

This year, the Senate passed a bill that would give the 6888th a Congressional Gold Medal.

Here, as a short stand-alone video, is the recording of Alexandria D-Day veteran Bob Fischman, which we played during Dr...
06/26/2021
WWII Vet's D-Day Account: "When the Bad Stuff Came, I Was Ready for It"

Here, as a short stand-alone video, is the recording of Alexandria D-Day veteran Bob Fischman, which we played during Dr. Holien's presentation (and which is included in the longer video of that event.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddVoMfEG3Ro

Once again, the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee thanks Mr. and Mrs. Fischman for opening their home to us and participating in our commemorative program.

World War II veteran and Alexandria native Robert “Bob” Fischman shares his experiences as coxswain on the USS Texas during the Normandy invasion. On June 7,...

Did you miss Linda Hervieux's presentation on her book "Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes at Home and ...
06/26/2021
Author Lecture: Forgotten: the Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes, at Home and at War

Did you miss Linda Hervieux's presentation on her book "Forgotten: The Untold Story of D-Day's Black Heroes at Home and Abroad"? Or would you like to see it again?

Here's a link to the whole program on Historic Alexandria's YouTube channel, "HistoricAlexandriaVA". Enjoy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPT6M3OM224

As part of the City of Alexandria’s 11th annual D-Day commemoration, Linda Hervieux, Paris-based American journalist, photographer and author of "FORGOTTEN: ...

Did you miss Dr. Holien's presentation on "The Secrets of D-Day"?  Or would you like to see it again?  Here's a link to ...
06/26/2021
D-Day Commemoration Lecture

Did you miss Dr. Holien's presentation on "The Secrets of D-Day"? Or would you like to see it again?

Here's a link to the whole program on Historic Alexandria's YouTube channel, "HistoricAlexandriaVA". Enjoy!

(oh, and to correct the record for someone who asked, that is indeed a picture of Suleymaniye behind me)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L15qPS1eGos

Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee's 11th annual D-Day commemoration presents former U.S. Army Historian Dr. Kim Bernard Holien discussing D-Day secrets, ...

Mon oeil!
06/24/2021

Mon oeil!

Our #howtopronounce word of the day is "oeil" (eye) and a French expression "Mon oeil !" 👁️ You say "Mon oeil !" to show ironic disbelief, also by putting your finger just under the eye. Something like "My foot!" in English. For example, "Je me suis réveillé à cinq heure du matin pour apprendre le subjonctif !" - "Mon oeil !" /" I woke up at 5 am to learn French subjunctives!" - "My foot you did!" More colloquial expressions in French can be "Mais bien sûr!" or "C'est ça" with an ironic tone, like in "Yeah, right!" Join our (online) Everyday Situational French to learn how French people really speak! The class starts in July and registrations are now open: https://francedc.org/course_list?age_group=Adults.

#frenchpronunciation #learnfrench #frenchlanguage #frenchphonetics

Here is something unique for date night this summer!  Grab some friends and enjoy French movies en plein aire. 🇫🇷🎬🍷
06/17/2021

Here is something unique for date night this summer! Grab some friends and enjoy French movies en plein aire. 🇫🇷🎬🍷

This summer, watch French films for free in DC parks! 📽️ 🇫🇷 "Films on the Green DC 2021," a free outdoor Summer film festival 🎬 produced by the @frenchcultureus and @ngadc, offers a selection of 6 classics and contemporary French films. Bring your own chair or blanket and enjoy! 🍿 Screenings start at 8:30 pm. 🌇 Free, but advance registration required: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/filmsonthegreendc-free-french-films-in-dc-parks-tickets-159541463813.

📍 Mon, Jun 21 - The Young Girls of Rochefort @ Sylvan Theater (National Mall), Independence Ave SW & 15th Street NW

📍 Fri, Jul 9 - Cleo From 5 to 7 @ Embassy of France - La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road, NW

📍 Wed, Aug 4 - Microcosmos @ US National Arboretum, 3501 New York Ave NE

📍 Sat, Sep 4 - I Am Not Your Negro
Anacostia Park, 1900 Anacostia Dr

📍 Thu, Sep 23 - Autumn Tale @ the Nation Mall, in front of the National Gallery of Art, Constitution Ave. NW

#movienight #frenchcinema #FilmsOnTheGreenDC

Summer reading from the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee!  On the left, "The Year of the Rat" by Mladin Zarubica, r...
06/15/2021

Summer reading from the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee! On the left, "The Year of the Rat" by Mladin Zarubica, recommended by Dr. Kim Holien during his D-Day lecture, and available through multiple used-book sellers. On the right, Linda Hervieux's "Forgotten," the subject of her D-Day lecture, available wherever books are sold (note -- this is the UK edition, the U.S. edition has a different cover). Read and enjoy!

Summer reading from the Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee! On the left, "The Year of the Rat" by Mladin Zarubica, recommended by Dr. Kim Holien during his D-Day lecture, and available through multiple used-book sellers. On the right, Linda Hervieux's "Forgotten," the subject of her D-Day lecture, available wherever books are sold (note -- this is the UK edition, the U.S. edition has a different cover). Read and enjoy!

06/10/2021

Did you know that you will soon see a Statue of Liberty 🗽 in our neighborhood in Kalorama? “Lady Liberty’s Little Sister” (a much smaller replica of the Statue of Liberty loaned to the US for 10 years by Conservatoire national des arts et métiers) will soon cross the Atlantic 🚢 and after a brief "stay" in NYC will be installed in the gardens of the French Ambassador’s Residence and will be inaugurated on the #BastilleDay. 🇫🇷 This effort is part of a 135th anniversary celebration of the Statue of Liberty crossing the Atlantic Ocean, and will celebrate the French-American friendship. 🇫🇷 🇺🇸

#StatueofLiberty #Liberty2021 #France #FranceintheUS #ParisonthePotomac #FrancoAmerican

Today marks the 77th anniversary of D-Day.  We strive to keep the memory of this important day alive with annual communi...
06/06/2021

Today marks the 77th anniversary of D-Day. We strive to keep the memory of this important day alive with annual community events to remember this Herculean moment in world history and the brave soldiers who made it happen. Because of the pandemic, we have been unable to have in-person events for these past two anniversaries. In that time, sadly, many of the few remaining veterans who landed on the Normandy beaches have passed. Next year, we invite everyone to join us when we return with renewed gusto to honor their memory and share their story. Today, we hope you will take a moment to remember their sacrifice. #greatestgeneration

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06/06/2021

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REOPENING UPDATE:
On June 9th, France's borders will be open to US travelers who have:
✔️Proof of full vaccination (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, AstraZeneca)
✔️A neg. PCR test less than 72hrs before or a neg. antigen test less than 48hrs.
Non-vaccinated individuals with compelling reason to travel (list to come) will have a mandatory 7 day quarantine upon arrival and may be subject to random antigen testing.
More information can be found here ➡️ https://bit.ly/3x0X0an

Corporal Waverly B. Woodson Jr., of West Philadelphia landed early on D-Day under heavy fire. He was wounded before his ...
06/04/2021
Congressional Medal (WWII) for an African American

Corporal Waverly B. Woodson Jr., of West Philadelphia landed early on D-Day under heavy fire. He was wounded before his boots touched Omaha Beach yet he began saving lives as soon as he hit the sand. He worked for 30 hours straight before he collapsed. He was nominated for the Medal of Honor. No African Americans were awarded the nation's highest honor in World War II. U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen has called on the Army to approve a Medal of Honor recommendation for Woodson. "It is never too late to say thank you," President Obama said in June 2015, when he awarded the Medal of Honor to Henry Johnson, an African-American hero of World War I. Now it is time to honor Waverly Woodson. Please sign this petition to honor a true American hero.

This is an appeal to redress an injustice in the US armed forces in which discrimination against Blacks was rampant. Sgt. Waverly Woodson, Jr. should be added to the short list of African Americans whose valor needs to be recognized by this nation. Were there any Blacks depicted on the D-day invasio...

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Alexandria, VA
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King Street Metro and free trolley to Alexandria City Hall building.

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The Committee meets on the second Monday of the month at City Hall. Public is welcome to attend.

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The Alexandria-Caen Sister City Committee is a volunteer city committee that promotes educational and cultural exchange between the city of Caen in Normandy, France and the city of Alexandria in Virginia. The committee coordinates an annual student exchange program, an internship program, French language lessons, a lecture series, and children's story time. Our big signature event is organizing Alexandria’s annual D-day (June 6th) commemoration. Throughout the year we might host a variety of events including fundraisers, educational events, wine & cheese parties, or sporting events.


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Do you love cocktails? We do too! Join us online on Sept 16 for cocktails and a discussion of "le chant du loup", a French action thriller about a submarine's sonar officer who must use his brilliant sense of hearing to prevent a nuclear war. The movie is available on Netflix and must be watched prior to attending the event. Whilst the movie is in French the discussion will be in English! Join us! RSVP: www.shop.alexandriava.gov #frenchmovies #frenchmoviediscussion #movieclub
On June 3 and 4, join the Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee for two virtual lectures to commemorate the anniversary of #DDay. "Secrets of D-Day" tomorrow at 7 pm and "Black Heroes of D-Day" on Friday at noon. RSVP here: https://alexandriacaen.wordpress.com/
Join us for French Conversation and Picnic at Paradise Springs Winery on Sunday May 16, starting at 1:00PM! Organized by "French With Elodie" the picnic will be very informal - bring some food, a blanket and/or chair, and make sure to taste the wine of this Virginia winery, less than one hour away from Alexandria! For details and to RSVP go to https://frenchpicnicwinery.eventbrite.com
Hello committee, I'm an Alexandria resident and I have an idea for an author event about African American soldiers who served on D-Day--their time before, during and after. What's a good address for me to send the pitch to? Should I use the one the committees use for media? I couldn't see another one on the city web site. I'm not the author, my friend is. Thanks.
Ever wonder about our "Sister City" Caen, France? Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities--read this fascinating story below.
Today is the 76th anniversary of D-Day when we normally would gather and commemorate with our Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities friends. To honor this day, enjoy photos from events past!
Join the Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee and Drink up !!!
Thank you to Jennifer Langford Reading for your 10 years of service (7 as chair) to the Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee! We appreciate your leadership and dedication to cultural exchanges.
This #WomanCrushWednesday we are honoring Jennie Reading, who has served as the dynamic Chair of the Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee for the past seven years. Jennie established the annual D-Day event that emphasizes the bond between the U.S. and France, and between Alexandria and Caen. Other significant Committee activities established under her leadership include a home visit exchange program for teenagers between Alexandria and Caen, as well as a variety of evening programs on topics of interest to French enthusiasts. (You can learn more about these on the Committee’s page.) Jennie and her husband Eric have lived in Alexandria for 13 years and have two young children in ACPS. She is stepping down from the Committee this month after serving for the past 10 years. Thank you, Jennie, for your contribution to our city and for establishing lasting connections between the people of Alexandria and Caen!
Special piano concert Sept 18th!Students free, others just $10. Can’t attend but would like to help? Donate here and share this post!https://www.eventbrite.com/e/swedish-pianist-niklas-sivelov-tickets-68846370347 Allison Priebe Fairfax Woman & Alexandria Woman Magazines ACPS Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities AlexandriaVA.gov Alexandria History Museum at The Lyceum The Alexandria Harmonizers The Zebra Press - GOOD News in Alexandria, VA Alexandria Times
‪One duty as Alexandria’s Mayor is to keep track of Alexandria residents who are abroad.‬ ‪Great to see the Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Intern Sandrine hard at work at Caen City Hall!‬
Today at the City of Alexandria 75th Anniversary D-Day Celebration members of the squadron both volunteered with event set up and assisted with the Pledge of Allegiance, and then talked to local residents about CAP missions and why they enjoy being in CAP. We also forged new friendships with the Alexandria Navy Sea Cadets unit and look forward to some future joint events. Thank you to the Alexandria-Caen Sister Cities Committee for inviting us.