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Fête Nationale 2020 with Jolie Siam

Updated: Jul 23, 2020

'Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité' ~ Freedom, Equality, Fraternity

"Un bon repas doit commencer par la faim." - 'A good meal must begin with hunger.'

On the 14th of July, we at Jolie Siam had a jubilation of special significance, where we joined our dear French friends in celebrating Bastille Day.

Despite being separated by 10,000 kilometers from France, we came together in the scorchingly hot Ho Chi Minh City on the French national day to reminisce about our not-so-distant origins.

Jolie Siam was founded in 2006 by Vietnamese Thanh Tu and French Blandine Peillon, who had previously met in Lyon, France and discovered the huge potential of combining the renowned French service quality and the famed Vietnamese hospitality in one enterprise.

"Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai qui tu es." - 'Tell me what you eat and I will tell you who you are.'

Today, 14 years later, Jolie Siam represents the benchmark of quality receptionist services in Vietnam with a French touch.

In 2020 we are still very proud of this heritage, which has a profound impact on our daily lives when we work together at Jolie Siam. That is the reason why we like to celebrate our European ties whenever we get the chance to do so.

To fully indulge in French culture on Bastille day we decided to enjoy a taste of world-renowned French cuisine and visited Cocotte restaurant in Da Kao Ward of District 1.

"La vie est trop courte pour boire du mauvais vin." - 'Life is too short to drink bad wine.'

Among the signature dishes our team tasted were the delicious 'quiche lorraine', the juicy 'veal sauté' and the hearty 'boeuf bourguignon'.

To fully immerse ourselves in French culture and to challenge ourselves we did a little trivia quiz about French history and culture.

We invite our readers to see if they can answer the following questions, that came up during our lunch:

  1. Which famed French conqueror lies buried in a former church in the middle of Paris?

  2. Who is the current president of France?

  3. Which world-renowned statue in the United States of America was made by and gifted to the U.S.A. by France?

  4. At the end of which famed road in Paris stands the ‘Arc de Triomphe’?

  5. What is the name of the most prominent art-museum in Paris?

  6. What is the 'Moulin Rouge'?

Find all answers below!

"On ne fait pas d’omelette sans casser des œufs." - 'You can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.'

To conclude our delicious lunch and as a reward for answering these questions our team enjoyed some delicious French desserts such as 'Crème brûlée' and 'mousse au chocolat'.

The Jolie Siam team hopes that all our French friends along with everybody else had a pleasant celebration of Bastille day and wishes all of our partners, friends, clients and staff a successful and healthy rest of the year!

We hope for you to join us next year when we celebrate Bastille day together! Do so by applying here at www.joliesiam.com!

Answers to questions:

  1. The famous French conqueror is Napoleon Bonaparte.

  2. The current president of France is Emmanuel Macron.

  3. The statue of liberty was made by and given to the U.S.A. by France.

  4. The Arc de Triomphe stands at the end of the Champs-Élysées.

  5. The most famous museum in Paris is the Louvre.

  6. The Moulin Rouge is a cabaret.

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