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Carrieres de Lumieres, sound and light shows Paris and Provence

Written by on March 18, 2019 in Art and Artists
Carrieres de Lumieres, sound and light shows Paris and Provence

 What do an abandoned quarry and an old iron foundry have in common? They both house magical sound-and-light shows that must be seen to be believed. The Carrières de Lumières (“Quarries of Light”) has been operating for decades near the mountaintop fortress of Les Baux-de-Provence, and is one of the most popular tourist sites in […]

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In the footsteps of the Impressionists on the Alabaster Coast of France

Written by on March 15, 2019 in Art and Artists
In the footsteps of the Impressionists on the Alabaster Coast of France

Claude Monet’s paintings of the Alabaster coast in Normandy, and in particular Etretat, are hung on the walls of the most prestigious art museums throughout the world. (Above: Etretat painted by Monet in 1885, now hangs in the Musee des Beaux Arts, Dijon). Monet spent time in the Etretat fishing village in February of 1883. […]

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French Farce by Stanley George | Review

Written by on March 1, 2019 in Book Reviews And Interviews
French Farce by Stanley George | Review

Stanley George, his wife, and two dogs Fritz and Truda took a leap into a new life in France thirteen years ago, after enjoying many holidays there. Both retired, house sold, with the world their oyster they hadn’t decided on the region they were going to live in, however they knew it would be a […]

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Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living by Mark Greenside (Review)

Written by on February 21, 2019 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living by Mark Greenside (Review)

After reading Mark Greenside’s first and extremely entertaining book, ‘I’ll Never Be French (No Matter What I do): Living in a Small Village in Brittany, I couldn’t wait to start this one, and I was not disappointed! The first book tells how in 1991 a reluctant Mark agrees to visit Brittany with a girlfriend, and […]

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I’ll Never Be French by Mark Greenside (review)

Written by on February 20, 2019 in Book Reviews And Interviews
I’ll Never Be French by Mark Greenside (review)

I’ve got a new favourite author – Mark Greenside. As an English expat who has lived in France for over fourteen years, I have for decades enjoyed reading what feels like hundreds of ‘a new life in France’ type of books, however for me this one REALLY sums up life in France. It grabbed me […]

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In the footsteps of the post-Impressionists in Provence

Written by on February 19, 2019 in Art and Artists
In the footsteps of the post-Impressionists in Provence

In the 1870’s the Impressionists and post-impressionists were centralized in the Parisian capital. Here they would discuss art and their next exhibitions in the cafés and nightclubs of Montmartre. However, towards the end of the 19th century, many became fed up with the capital and scattered to go their separate ways. A fascination with light […]

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A most incredible art event for 2019 | Lille3000 is weird, whacky and wonderful

Written by on January 11, 2019 in Art and Artists
A most incredible art event for 2019 | Lille3000 is weird, whacky and wonderful

In 2015 I went to the Lille for the opening parade of Lille3000. I had no idea what to expect. I’d heard from friends that it was a quirky and incredible art “event” but nothing prepared me for the reality. Held every few years, Lille3000 is a huge event with what seems like a strange […]

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Who was Jean Jaurès | History of France

Written by on December 18, 2018 in French Icons
Who was Jean Jaurès | History of France

Wherever you go in France you’re sure to come across a Place Jean Jaurès, a rue Jean Jaurès, Avenue Jean Jaurès, schools and even metro stations of that name in Paris and Lyon. Every French school child will learn about Jean Jaurès. He is one of the most well-known figures of French history, though he […]

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A Soap story from Marseille | Savon de Marseille

Written by on December 18, 2018 in French Icons, French Style
A Soap story from Marseille | Savon de Marseille

Genuine Marseille soap is made by artisans with the provenance, passion and long-standing tradition in their blood to lay claim to makers of genuine Marseilles soap. A bar that contains 72% olive oil – and once tried, you will always be loyal to its soapy concoction. History of Marseille Soap In 1688 Louis IV passed […]

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Fantastic French Immersion Courses in Provence

Written by on December 17, 2018 in Learn French, Provence-Alpes
Fantastic French Immersion Courses in Provence

What could be more special and memorable than learning French on a truly exceptional authentic residential immersion course where you stay with a French teacher in her home in lovely Provence. Cassis, Sanary-Sur-Mer, Bandol, Les Calanques, La Ciotat – the names trip of your tongue to conjure up images of the most beautiful of Provence’s […]

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