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On the trail of Joan of Arc in France

Written by on September 12, 2016 in French Icons
On the trail of Joan of Arc in France

Joan of Arc was a simple, illiterate girl who lived in the depths of the French countryside during the medieval period. She was born apparently on January 6th, 1412 and died on May 30th, 1431. She was just 19 years old but had achieved dramatic greatness for her country during her short life. She never […]

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Villa Cavrois – An Art Deco Jewel In France

Written by on September 4, 2016 in French Icons, Nord-Pas de Calais
Villa Cavrois – An Art Deco Jewel In France

Just outside Lille, the lovely capital city of northern France, lies Villa Cavrois, an extraordinary mansion that has been restored meticulously by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux. This place is a like a time capsule of an era when money bought true style, and for fans of art deco this place is an absolute gem. […]

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The history of the Arc de Triomphe Paris

Written by on July 27, 2016 in French Icons, Paris
The history of the Arc de Triomphe Paris

The history of the Arc de Triomphe Paris: The Arch of Triumph, it’s English translation, was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is a symbol of Paris, its presence so strong that even Hitler walked round it not through it, and Jackie Kennedy was so inspired by her visit, she recreated an Eternal Flame to commemorate […]

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The very French baguette of France

Written by on September 13, 2015 in French Icons, Gastronomy
The very French baguette of France

  Ask most people what is the most French thing they can think of – some will say the Eiffel Tower, some will say a beret, some will say Paris. However, many will say it is the baguette, the long, crispy, delicious loaf of bread that just seems to be the epitome of French-ness. To […]

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Louis XIV The Sun King

Written by on September 5, 2015 in French Icons
Louis XIV The Sun King

Louis XIV was arguably one of the greatest Kings of France, certainly one of the most remembered; he was also a Machiavellian puppet master whose legacy is feted in the France of today, long after its citizens disposed of his heirs. Louis XIV came to the throne at the age of four, May 14 1643, […]

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Marianne of France, Symbol of the French Republic

Written by on August 14, 2015 in Culture & Language, French Icons
Marianne of France, Symbol of the French Republic

You’ll find the image of Marianne on official seals and postage stamps; sculpted busts of her adorn city halls and public buildings throughout the country. Every French person can easily recognise her, but no one can describe exactly what she looks like. Just what is the story of Marianne of France… Goddess of Liberty, Marianne […]

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Ten Very French Food Items!

Written by on July 29, 2015 in French Icons, Gastronomy
Ten Very French Food Items!

French food is legendary, in fact French cuisine even has UNESCO status for ” World Intangible Heritage”. We take a look at ten very French foods… 1. Snails The French are the biggest consumers of snails in the world – munching their way through a staggering 40,000 tonnes per annum. High in protein, low in […]

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The last beret maker France

The last beret maker France

The iconic beret of France was born from the land, not from industry. It is part of the heritage and local savoir-faire…. You will probably think this is very cliché, but if I ask you to picture a typical French man, he is very likely to be sitting on his old bicyclette, a baguette under […]

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Legends, Laws, and Lengthy Loaves, French Baguette History

Written by on April 29, 2015 in French Icons, Gastronomy
Legends, Laws, and Lengthy Loaves, French Baguette History

The baguette is as French as France itself. There isn’t much that is more traditional than the long slender loaf of bread. See one and you will know it instantly as a symbol of France. At any hour of the day, on the streets of any village, town, or city in France you will see […]

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Discovering Charles de Gaulle in France

Written by on April 5, 2015 in Champagne-Ardenne, French Icons
Discovering Charles de Gaulle in France

On the Champagne trail in the glorious countryside of the Aube Department, Janine Marsh digs deep into the culture and history of France and visits the private home of President de Gaulle, the memorial centre created in his honour and tries the President’s favourite Champagne at the house of Champagne Drappier… In the pretty town […]

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