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When do the French take their summer holiday?

Written by on July 26, 2020 in Guest Blogs
When do the French take their summer holiday?

The prime summer vacation months in France are July and August, when school is out and the weather is beautiful. Which raises a question: when should a French person go on vacation? The french even have nicknames for those who take a holiday in the summer! Traditionally, most people went in August, when factories closed […]

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Le Manoir de Paris | The Paris House of Horrors

Written by on June 18, 2020 in Guest Blogs
Le Manoir de Paris | The Paris House of Horrors

At No. 18, Rue de Paridis, close to the Gare de L’Est is a house of horrors that’s popular with Parisians and visitors alike. Le Manoir de Paris is a theatrical show that’s very unusual. If you want a very different sort of Paris experience from the classic Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre type […]

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The mysterious French Beast of Gévaudan

Written by on April 20, 2020 in Guest Blogs
The mysterious French Beast of Gévaudan

History is full of horrible monsters. The Cyclops terrified the ancient Greeks, the Abominable Snowman haunts the Himalayas, and Godzilla stomps on Tokyo from time to time. The French have their own terrible creature and—unlike the others—this one was real. The mysterious Beast of Gévaudan ravaged the French countryside in the 18th century, killing so many […]

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France Bans UFOs!

Written by on March 1, 2020 in Guest Blogs
France Bans UFOs!

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in Provence, in the south of France, is famous for its wines. The town’s name means “the pope’s new château” because many centuries ago a summer papal palace was built here. The main Palace of the Popes was in nearby Avignon. Popes need good wine to drink, so vines were planted, barrels were crafted, […]

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Cycling in the Ardennes

Written by on January 27, 2020 in Guest Blogs
Cycling in the Ardennes

La Meuse is a winding river which meanders its way through the French Ardennes and on into Belgium. It’s a haven for cyclists, especially if you enjoy cycling on the flat. A cycle path follows the Meuse for over 50 kms with incredibly scenic views on either side of the river where hills descend sometimes […]

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A taste of Collioure in the south of France

Written by on December 16, 2019 in Guest Blogs
A taste of Collioure in the south of France

On summer evenings, the swallows dip and swoop in nervous arcs as if anxious to protect, or preserve, the close of day in its melancholy stillness. A light hovers over Collioure, on the Vemillion Coast in the Pyrenees-Orientales. Caught in a pale brushstroke of watercolor blue, a wash which holds the houses together as they […]

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Unpredictable Paris

Written by on December 14, 2019 in Guest Blogs
Unpredictable Paris

Paris is an ancient, time-shifting, secret society. I made it to the ripe old age of 61 by creating plans and organizing my life around them. This should come as no surprise. The clearest memory I have of my father is him sitting at the breakfast table looking from my sister to my brother then […]

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The Café des Chats in Paris

Written by on December 9, 2019 in Guest Blogs
The Café des Chats in Paris

In the centre of Paris you can visit a café that’s also a cosy refuge for abandoned cats. Highly recommended for cat and coffee lovers! Margaux Grandelon opened her first Cat Café in 2013 in the Marais district. I visited her second little establishment close to the Bastille monument at 9, Rue Sedaine and enjoyed […]

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How a rural French village inspired a novelist

Written by on November 25, 2019 in Guest Blogs
How a rural French village inspired a novelist

In August 2014, I gave up my job teaching English in Lyon to house-sit a farm in Vienne and write a novel. I wasn’t particularly looking for the literary good life. I just wanted a break from the city. Six months later I finished it. But the elation was short-lived. I didn’t like it at […]

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Honfleur | The Belle of Normandy

Written by on August 8, 2019 in Guest Blogs
Honfleur | The Belle of Normandy

Honfleur is a French fishing village in the department of Calvados, Normandy. It sits on the southern bank of the Seine estuary where the great river flows into the Atlantic Ocean. If you love authentic old French towns, then you will find Honfleur one of the most beautiful there is. What to see in Honfleur […]

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