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How Jules Verne Inspires the Carousels of France

Written by on February 1, 2017 in French Icons, Guest Blogs
How Jules Verne Inspires the Carousels of France

Jules Verne is a world famous French author. Although he wrote his books many years ago we are constantly reminded of him in French towns and cities. You may noticed the beautiful hot air balloon, and other travel items from his books that often feature on the beautiful carousels… Jules Verne Most of us have […]

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The Origin of French Gargoyles

Written by on December 27, 2016 in Guest Blogs
The Origin of French Gargoyles

Why are there Gargoyles on French Gothic Churches you might ask. Well, it seems that there’s one explanation you may need to take with a pinch of salt. This story takes place in the seventh century. It’s been retold many times over the last 1400 years resulting in several adaptations. It all started in Normandy, where […]

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Shop Windows of Paris Galeries Lafayette at Christmas

Written by on November 23, 2016 in Guest Blogs
Shop Windows of Paris Galeries Lafayette at Christmas

One of the most colourful times of the year in Paris is the Christmas holiday season in Paris. The French capital is transformed into a Christmas wonderland. It becomes a magical fairy tale city, all decked out in holiday sparkle – just waiting to enchant visitors, children and Parisians alike. From the glittering lights along Champs-Elysées to […]

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The Pont d’Avignon and that famous song!

Written by on October 31, 2016 in Guest Blogs
The Pont d’Avignon and that famous song!

The Avignon bridge in Provence is known around the world today because of the famous children’s song, Sur le Pont d’Avignon (On the Bridge of Avignon). In medieval times, it was also a well-known bridge, but not because of this song – and it wasn’t known for being danced upon either. Pont d’Avignon – a […]

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The Secret Weapon French Women Use In the Cuisine!

Written by on October 11, 2016 in Guest Blogs
The Secret Weapon French Women Use In the Cuisine!

When one is new in a French ville, expat or visitor, it’s wonderful to be invited to a private home where a native Frenchwoman promises to cook a la Francaise… In my little village of Collioure, in the far south of France, there are many artists and sculptors, they add color and vitality to the community. I was […]

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What’s it like to do a French immersion course in France?

Written by on September 13, 2016 in Guest Blogs, Learn French
What’s it like to do a French immersion course in France?

What’s it like to do a language immersion course in France? My friends ask me how I had the nerve, after studying French for only two years, to expose myself to the stress and discomfiture of language immersion. Easy. When I was a girl, I’d linger on the edge of the high diving board until […]

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2CVs the legendary Citroen car of the people

Written by on August 22, 2016 in Guest Blogs
2CVs the legendary Citroen car of the people

At the tender age of eighteen I was thrown the keys to the farm run-around. It was during my gap year working in the vineyards of Bordeaux. I was off to football training in the nearby town of Saint Foy La Grande and the “mobylette” had broken down. It was to be my first drive […]

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The History of Aviation in northern France

Written by on August 18, 2016 in Guest Blogs
The History of Aviation in northern France

The tiny part of the world consisting of the departments of Nord, Pas de Calais and a slice of northern Picardy has been a homeland of powered, manned flight since the start of its history. You would never tell as you pass through it though… The Caudron Brothers of Picardy In 1908 the American Wright […]

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Frank Gehry’s Starry Night in Arles

Written by on July 28, 2016 in Guest Blogs
Frank Gehry’s Starry Night in Arles

Let’s step back in time for a moment to consider the ancient town of Arles in the Bouches-du-Rhône department of southern France. Established in the 6th century BC by the Greeks, in 123 BC the Romans developed Arelate into a vital port and economic centre which continued until the 5th century AD. When Arles is […]

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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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