??????????My name is Patricia Gilbert. I’m a French teacher with a passion for all things associated with France – the culture, the food, the fashion, the monuments, the museums, and, of course, the language.


When I read Women, Work, and the Art of Savoir Faire: Business Sense & Sensibility, by Mireille Guiliano, she recounted the motto of the Veuve Clicquot Champagne firm as “Only one quality, the finest” (“une seule qualité, la toute première”). This intrigued me. I thought about the words “quality” and “finest” and their subjectivity. While there was obviously application to consumer goods, I thought about other examples where quality and fineness applied, like lives lived with integrity.

The purpose of this blog is to look for and celebrate examples of the finest quality, wherever it may be found. As well, I’ll include a discussion about a French word or phrase that relates to the topic to help you learn, or refresh, your French.

If you want to be notified of new posts, please subscribe right here or “like” my Facebook page “One quality, the finest.” I’d love to have you follow me on Pinterest or Instagram, where I post under the name “onequalitythefinest.” On Twitter, I post as “1qualthefinest.” Please feel free to respond with comments and let me know of topics that interest you.


29 Responses to About

  1. Dawn Oosterhoff says:

    What a great idea for a blog – short, sweet (or perhaps I should say “fine”!), and informative. Even not being a French speaker, I’ve found the insight into culture – of the French and of cultured things – fascinating. Will you be adding a Fb or Twitter link for your blog feeds?

    Wishing you much success with your blog and looking forward to your upcoming entries,


  2. Alexandra says:

    Your blog is amazing! Thank you for sharing your wonderful insights and idioms 🙂 et merci pour Huis Clos!

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  4. Anonymous says:

    So happy to have found your blog. Very nicely done!

  5. The story of the widow Cliquot is one of my favorite…a very early female businesswoman whose business is still thriving centuries later.

  6. Michel says:

    I’ve stumbled on a few of your posts; like learning new French phrases and you seem like a great teacher to have.

  7. Chika Anna says:

    Hi Thanks for sharing your wonderful blog!

    I lived in UK for 9 yrs and I know I couldn’t have survived there without a monthly trip to Paris. London was not my place (food and fashion wise).
    I live in Tokyo (my hometown) now and never missed Europe but now after reading your blog, I really wish I could go back to live in UK again so that I can fly to Paris easily! (Im not French speaker so it’s sadly impossible to live in Paris, lol)

  8. I am loving your blog. The French culture fascinates & you do an excellent job examining it! I wonder if you could tell me or do a post on the mariniere, the French sea side look. I love it and want to know more about it, to me it is Brigitte Bardot from man created woman and certain towns and khaki plus blue & white stripes. merci!

  9. Great photos and captions. I had fun camping out in your blog. I’ll be back! 🙂


  10. Hi Patricia, I just wanted to stop by and tell you how interesting and informative I find your blog and your posts! I look forward to seeing them in my email box. Thank you for all the wonderful lessons about French history, culture, fashion and food. I also want to thank you to the recent introduction to Comme Une Française! In my blog post today I mentioned both you and Comme Une Française. Thank you again for all of the great articles! http://eurolinguiste.com/2014/new-word-eurodictionary.html

  11. Bonjour Patricia.

    My name is Juliet. Originally from Toronto, Canada, I’ve been living in Paris for nearly 20 years now. I found your blog via Caitlin Kelly’s Broadside blog (she, too, is from Toronto but living in NYC.) Anyway, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your blog. I thought you might be interested in seeing mine.

    très bonne journée,



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  14. qcb101 says:

    Hi Patricia… Félicitations pour un travail bien fait! Bonne année.

  15. BOD says:

    Really nice blog Patricia, liked your piece on Stromae. All the best Brendan

  16. Anonymous says:

    Okay, I’m really enjoying your blog, but I really do need to get back to work at Cavalier Gallery… Thank you for stopping in and I hope you guys have a great time on Nantucket!

  17. Lena Möhler says:

    Hallo Patricia,
    Im just writing a book about a little village in Italy, apricale. It will be in english and Italien.I just heard that Francoise Sagan visited stayed there for 2 Months during the end of the 60.es. I would very much like to print a foto with her. I saw the one in the open car with another man. Is it possible. Who has the rights, do I have to pay anything. I’m very thankful for a reply.
    With kind regards Lena Möhler

  18. MS HILARY J DUNK says:

    Just discovered your blog Patricia and it excellent, one of the best that I have come across. I am a retired Art teacher from the UK, now resident in SW France. Although an atheist, I always enjoyed being part of the choir at school, so I decided to join a local Chorale and one of our carols sung at the service this year was ‘Quelle est cette Odeur Agreable’ sung to Willcocks arrangement. I was searching for a translation and some background information when I discovered your site… I can see this is going to keep me busy and interested for some time,

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