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Classic French Dinner Party – The Easy French Way

Written by on April 28, 2017 in Gastronomy, Guest Blogs
Classic French Dinner Party – The Easy French Way

Before I moved to France, I thought that French dinner parties were formal affairs with too many forks.  I imagined elegantly dressed people sipping Champagne and discussing Molière.  And with all those complicated courses, I figured it must take days to prepare the food. Then I met actual French people and learned that it’s not like […]

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The Lavender Fields of Provence

Written by on April 19, 2017 in Guest Blogs
The Lavender Fields of Provence

Take a deep breath and let the scent of lavender indulge your senses when you’re in Provence in the summer. Here the lavender fields symbolize the local history and beauty of this lovely area. “Lavender is the soul of Provence”, so said famous French author Jean Giono whose books were often set in Provence. The lavender flowering […]

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The allure of the Haute-Savoie

Written by on April 19, 2017 in Guest Blogs
The allure of the Haute-Savoie

Annecy … which breaks the heart in your bosom, it is so beautiful.” (Mark Twain) A bit of an exaggeration, I’ll admit. After all, my husband and I were living in suburban Melbourne (not outback Australia) with our three children when we surmised that a little virage to France might be the go. I don’t […]

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Abelard and Heloise – the French Romeo and Juliet

Written by on April 13, 2017 in Guest Blogs, Quirky
Abelard and Heloise – the French Romeo and Juliet

Paris is known as the city of love and in the famous Père Lachaise cemetery there reside together France’s most famous lovers – Abelard and Heloise. Long before Romeo and Juliet, and the City of Romance itself, another couple set tongues wagging, with their ill-fated romance. Abelard and Heloise’s tale is fascinating, and you can […]

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Discovering Monet the artist at Giverny

Written by on April 4, 2017 in Guest Blogs
Discovering Monet the artist at Giverny

I stood in the middle of a narrow path leading through Claude Monet’s famous water gardens in Giverny. On my left, I saw a crowd of tourists huddled on the Japanese bridge overlooking the water lily pond. I had come here to admire the historic sight, to be able to quietly think back to the impressionism […]

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The pros and cons of owning a vineyard in France

Written by on March 30, 2017 in Guest Blogs
The pros and cons of owning a vineyard in France

In 2005 Sean, my partner, and I gave up our city lives to pursue of our dream to create fine organic wines on a dilapidated farmhouse and vineyard in South West France. Like some of the best laid plans ours was off reality by a couple of zeros (note to self – for a more […]

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The bee keeper of Montreuil-sur-Mer northern France

Written by on March 26, 2017 in Guest Blogs
The bee keeper of Montreuil-sur-Mer northern France

Montreuil sur Mer is situated just a little south along the coastline from Calais.  Should you visit this lovely, ancient hill top town, take a walk around the medieval ramparts associated with their Citadel. The uninterrupted elevated circular stroll, embracing stunning countryside, will take about 30 minutes. Look below to observe a 21st century local […]

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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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