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Vintage Cars and Campers, Bicycles and Bader in Saint Omer, northern France

Written by on July 1, 2019 in Guest Blogs
Vintage Cars and Campers, Bicycles and Bader in Saint Omer, northern France

If you’re looking for a fun way to visit northern France, Les Belles Echappees in Saint Omer fits the bill. Located within the peaceful Ferme de L’Abbaye at Clairmarais, this family run organisation hires out restored classic vintage vehicles. Choose from sparkling VW camper vans to prestigious Citroen 2CV cars and VW convertible Beetles. There’s […]

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What did the Pont d’Avignon originally look like?

Written by on June 16, 2019 in Guest Blogs
What did the Pont d’Avignon originally look like?

Sur le Pont d’Avignon L’on y danse, l’on y danse Sur le Pont d’Avignon L’on y danse tous en rond Many of us learned that song as kids, about the famous Pont d’Avignon in Provence (real name: Pont Saint-Bénézet). For those of us lucky enough to visit Avignon and see the bridge in all its […]

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Au Revoir Gregory Peck Bonjour Roger Moore

Written by on April 4, 2019 in Blog
Au Revoir Gregory Peck Bonjour Roger Moore

I love all my animals, five cats, three dogs, four geese, 13 ducks and 25 chickens. They’re part of the family though the birds don’t live in the house with us. At least not permanently. When they’re a bit poorly, I’ll bring them in for some TLC until they’re well enough to go out. Sometimes […]

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How the French do politics

Written by on March 9, 2019 in Guest Blogs
How the French do politics

I live part of the year in Provence and one day I was reading Le Monde and a headline about a “sexy politician” caught my eye. “Well, those are two words you don’t see together very often,” I thought. So I read the article and found out that there had been a poll asking French […]

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A quiet bistro in Paris

Written by on February 21, 2019 in Guest Blogs
A quiet bistro in Paris

It was lunchtime in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés area of Paris, and I was ravenous looking for a place to eat away from the usual tourist traps. I turned down a quiet street and saw the most unassuming bistro. In fact, I wouldn’t usually have considered going in but I decided to take a chance. As soon […]

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A potted history of the Cathars

Written by on February 18, 2019 in Guest Blogs
A potted history of the Cathars

Catharism has been described as “the most successful heresy in history”. In Languedoc, “Pays Cathare” signs dot the countryside. One cannot drive far in any direction without coming upon the ruins of a Cathar fortress. Who were the Cathars? “Cathar” is allegedly derived from the Greek word, katharos, meaning “pure”. The Cathars were also known […]

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The Transhumance of Provence

Written by on February 15, 2019 in Guest Blogs
The Transhumance of Provence

The people of Provence have been raising sheep for centuries. You see flocks of them all over the countryside, grazing under the watchful eye of shepherds. But Provencal summers are scorching hot and sheep have heavy wool coats so they’re moved to cooler pastures. The transhumance in Provence The answer  to dealing with the heat, […]

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The Four Queens of Provence

Written by on January 14, 2019 in Guest Blogs
The Four Queens of Provence

There have been many famous families in history. Take the Curies, for example: Marie Curie won two Nobel Prizes and her husband, daughter and grandson each won one. Quite the talented family! And then there are the Wright brothers and the Brontë sisters. And let’s not forget those comic masters, the Marx brothers. But imagine […]

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How not to be self sufficient in France when it comes to chickens

Written by on January 14, 2019 in Guest Blogs
How not to be self sufficient in France when it comes to chickens

“They are NOT babies, they are chickens” remonstrated my French neighbour Jean-Claude. He had come to inspect the eight point of lay hens and two “babies” with which I had returned from the local street market. “I’m going to call that scrawny baby one Eaglet” I said “Non, non, non” came the emphatic response “You […]

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How to make friends in France | Entente Cordiale

Written by on January 3, 2019 in My French Life
How to make friends in France | Entente Cordiale

“When I move to France I only want to have French friends”. This was a line in an email I received from a couple of Brits. They wanted advice on where to move to in France and this was one of their criteria. They also wanted to be near a town that has a market, […]

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