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History of French Pissoirs

Written by on July 22, 2016 in Guest Blogs
History of French Pissoirs

The French have invented many things: taxis, the hot air balloon, internal combustion engine, inflatable tyres,  sewing machine, bikini (arguable), cafetière, Braille, camera phone, hairdryer, parachute and that great public utility – the urinoir, or, to give it its more familiar and descriptive name, the pissoir. Although, to be fair, the French simply embraced Roman […]

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General Charles De Gaulle, The Ultimate French Patriot

Written by on July 22, 2016 in Guest Blogs
General Charles De Gaulle, The Ultimate French Patriot

Charles de Gaulle is probably the most well-known French personality of the 20th century. Born in Lille, northern France (November 22, 1890), he died of natural causes at his home in the village of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises in the Haute-Marne. He and his wife Yvonne had three children. The background to his life is complex and dramatic. […]

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Making Friends in France

Written by on July 11, 2016 in Guest Blogs
Making Friends in France

When my husband and I first discovered our lovely little ville, Collioure, I had command of very few words in French. This place was the center of anchovy production for all of France long ago, favorite of the Fauves, those modern artists who loved to paint the colors of Collioure, and it is fortunately protected […]

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The Medieval Town Where Cats Rule, La Romieu Gers, France

Written by on July 8, 2016 in Guest Blogs
The Medieval Town Where Cats Rule, La Romieu Gers, France

One of the main tourist attractions in the small medieval village of La Romieu, in the Gers Department of southwest France, is the abundance of cats to be found there. They sun themselves on ledges or peer out from windows, charming those who pass by. They are well behaved, never cause any problems, and always […]

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The Lady Wine Makers of Provence

Written by on July 7, 2016 in Guest Blogs
The Lady Wine Makers of Provence

It was a rainy October morning when I met with a group of ladies representing the women of les Vignerons des Baux-de-Provence, in the Alpilles. The damp weather provided a moment of reprieve for this group with the grape harvest completed, fermentation underway, and it was too wet to pick olives. The land surrounding the […]

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Looking for Love and Friendship in France

Written by on June 29, 2016 in Expats in France, Living in France
Looking for Love and Friendship in France

Are you an English speaking expat in France looking for romance, friendship or companionship? Then you probably know how hard it can be to meet people. Even in your own country it can be tough, but as an expat in France, it can feel impossible at times.  Or at least it used to. Since Expat […]

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Summer ducklings in The Good Life France Pen!

Written by on June 27, 2016 in My French Life
Summer ducklings in The Good Life France Pen!

In the last couple of months, Rocky the Rescue Duck has had 6 ducklings. I didn’t expect it as I didn’t even know she was nesting! She is a lovely friendly duck.  I found her at a day old in the chicken pen, she had been abandoned and the chickens were pecking at her – […]

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The Biggest Tea Cosy In The World In France

Written by on May 9, 2016 in Expats in France
The Biggest Tea Cosy In The World In France

Tina Sharpe from Essex is a lady who loves a cup of tea. In fact she loves it so much that when she saw a giant shed in the shape of a teapot she simply had to have it. But the story doesn’t stop there. Tina had the teapot taken apart and transported to France […]

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Family Road Trip Through France

Written by on May 6, 2016 in Expats in France, Tours in France
Family Road Trip Through France

France seemed the ideal place for Brits Zoe and Andy Bridgeman and their three young children to rediscover their sense of adventure and have fun on a year-long tour… Zoe and Andy Bridgeman were happy in their lovely village called Stony Stratford in Milton Keynes, England. However,  after a few years that saw Zoe working […]

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A Very British Giant Teapot Tea Room in France

Written by on May 3, 2016 in Expats in France
A Very British Giant Teapot Tea Room in France

Pop into the Tea in the Teapot tea room in France for a cuppa you won’t forget thanks to the quirky, stylish surroundings, the delicious cream tea and typically traditional British tea taste! When Tina Sharpe from England saw a shed on a  UK TV programme she thought what a beautiful tearoom it would make. […]

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