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Centre of Contemporary Creation Olivier Debré opens in Tours

Written by on March 22, 2017 in Art and Artists, Pays de la Loire
Centre of Contemporary Creation Olivier Debré opens in Tours

In March 2017, a unique centre of art opened in the heart of the Loire Valley in the city of Tours. Aiming to bring contemporary art to all, the new centre opened the doors of its brand new state of the art building, a fitting home for modern art. Designed by architects Aires Mateus in […]

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One Sip at a Time by Keith Van Sickle

Written by on February 13, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews
One Sip at a Time by Keith Van Sickle

One Sip at a Time: Can a two-career couple really pick up stakes and move to Provence? Keith Van Sickle tells a humorous tale of the adventures (and misadventures) of a couple of Americans who  quit their jobs, become consultants and split their time between two countries. Laugh along as they build a life in Provence, […]

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Grand Bordeaux Châteaux: Inside the Fine Wine Estates of France Book Review

Written by on February 13, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Grand Bordeaux Châteaux: Inside the Fine Wine Estates of France Book Review

This grand, glossy and gorgeous book is the petite Bordeaux bible of finest wine estates by master of wines, Philippe Chaix. Discover a dozen exceptional Bordeaux wine estates, complete with tasting notes from a renowned wine critic. From Lafite Rothschild to Angélus to Cheval Blanc, Bordeaux produces the world’s finest wines. In this gift volume […]

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The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy

Written by on February 10, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews
The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy

This beautiful story is set in France in 1900, where Gabrielle, a young woman who is about to be forced into marriage with a lot older man, the Baron d’Argente, is waiting for a train at Laval station. Unable to bear her decreed fate, and with dreams of being an artist, the beautiful Gabrielle has […]

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The Can-Can Girl and the Mysterious Woman in Pink by Pamela B. Eglinski

Written by on February 7, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews
The Can-Can Girl and the Mysterious Woman in Pink by Pamela B. Eglinski

Travel back in time to Paris, and the world of Toulouse-Lautrec with this charming story… What child doesn’t enjoy listening to their grandparents’ tales? Being transported back through time to another era, when everything was different. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to experience it first hand? This is a hugely enjoyable romp through time to the […]

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The lusty dance of Paris – the Can-Can

Written by on February 7, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews, French Icons
The lusty dance of Paris – the Can-Can

  The Can-Can dance was raucous and risqué, reaching its height of popularity in 1900 during the Belle Époque. Parisian cabarets promoted the dance and Jane Avril and La Goulue popularized it in the night clubs of Montmartre. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec depicted it in his famous painting, At the Moulin Rouge: The Dance. And, Jacques […]

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The Perfect French Souvenir Gift Box

Written by on February 6, 2017 in French Icons
The Perfect French Souvenir Gift Box

  We love the gorgeous gift boxes from Le Cadeau Francais. From the pretty oh-so-French packaging to the gorgeous goodies inside. They’re a perfect souvenir gift box of France for friends, family and for yourself! Alfred de Louvencourt is the creator of le Cadeau Francais (The French Gift). He lived in the UK and Brazil […]

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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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Only in Paris a brilliant guide book by Duncan JD Smith

Written by on January 24, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Only in Paris a brilliant guide book by Duncan JD Smith

If you love Paris and fascinating facts about the world’s most popular city – you’ll love this book, it’s not a guide book like all the others. It’s not like your average guide book with details you can find anywhere on line for free – this book is written by someone who has walked its […]

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The Paris Effect by K S R Burns

Written by on January 20, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews
The Paris Effect by K S R Burns

The Paris Effect: What a story, it will make you smile and it will make you sad, plus every emotion in-between! The main character is Amy from Arizona USA. She has had a lot to contend with, for a start she’s struggling to come to terms with the sad death of her long-time friend and […]

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