Margo Lestz

In 2007 we bought a second home in Nice, France. I had retired from working in my husband’s business in the UK and wanted to bask in the sunshine and study the French language. The diversity of living between two different cultures keeps life interesting, as there are always surprises. Just when you think you have things figured out it all gets complicated. My life is never boring and I learn something new every day. Besides languages, I enjoy history, architecture, travel, and writing.

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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Jean Cocteau on the French Riviera

Written by on June 29, 2016 in Provence-Alpes
Jean Cocteau on the French Riviera

Jean Cocteau was truly a multi-talented artist. He considered himself a poet, but he was also a novelist, playwright, film director, set designer, painter, and ceramicist – a true jack of all trades and several Jean Cocteau treasures are to be found on the French Riviera… Jean Cocteau on the  Riviera Cocteau was born in […]

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Greek Legacy of Nice France

Written by on March 2, 2016 in Guest Blogs, Provence-Alpes
Greek Legacy of Nice France

Homer’s Odyssey in 13 Easy Steps If it’s been a while since you’ve read the Greek classics (or if you just never got around to it) no worries! There’s no need to pull out the books. In Nice, France you can take a quick 13-step refresher course on a hilltop overlooking the sea, the city, […]

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How Queen Marie-Antoinette Almost Escaped to America

Written by on December 1, 2015 in Guest Blogs
How Queen Marie-Antoinette Almost Escaped to America

How the French Royal family almost escaped to America… of course we all know they didn’t but it nearly worked and it seems that their cats may have made it safely! During the time of the French Revolution, there was a shipping company in Wiscasset Maine which had contracts for trading in Paris.  It was […]

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The British National Anthem is French… Maybe!

Written by on November 4, 2015 in Guest Blogs
The British National Anthem is French… Maybe!

The British National Anthem, “God Save the Queen” (or King, depending on the gender of the monarch), is the tune of choice to represent Great Britain at royal and national events, but did you ever wonder about its origins? It seems this song could be yet another link in the intertwined histories of the United […]

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The First Wedding Planner in France?

Written by on October 16, 2015 in Guest Blogs
The First Wedding Planner in France?

Paris 1902 and young Dr. Marcile is head-over-heels in love. The young lady who is the object of his affection loves him too, but her parents won’t consent to marriage, they are heartbroken. One day the doctor passes a garage on Avenue de la Grande-Armée advertising the fastest, most reliable cars anywhere. The doctor has […]

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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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An Accidental Tourist at the Festival of Avignon

Written by on July 10, 2015 in Festivals and Carnivals, Provence-Alpes
An Accidental Tourist at the Festival of Avignon

As our taxi entered the city walls of Avignon, it was evident that something was happening. I had seen online that a festival would be starting the day after our arrival, but didn’t think much about it. I just thought it was nice that there would be a little festival going on. But, from our […]

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The Day the Eiffel Tower Was Sold

Written by on June 8, 2015 in Guest Blogs
The Day the Eiffel Tower Was Sold

In 1925 Victor Lustig sat in his Paris hotel room reading a newspaper article about the Eiffel Tower.  Built for the 1889 Paris World Fair it was meant to be dismantled in 1909. The tower outlived its destiny though and was now rusting and in need of expensive repairs and maintenance and the State had […]

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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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