Culture & Language

An English Impressionist by Brent Shore

Written by on July 3, 2018 in Book Reviews And Interviews
An English Impressionist by Brent Shore

A trip to France as a teenager by this talented author, awakened a lifelong love of France, its culture, food, and people. This love resulted in the beautiful Dordogne area, and in particular the village of Frettignac, becoming the setting for an intriguing mystery story. However, the tale actually begins in Manchester in the UK, […]

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How to learn French at aged 50+

Written by on May 17, 2018 in Learn French
How to learn French at aged 50+

Research shows that learning a second language offers proven benefits for intelli- gence, memory and concentration, plus lowered risks of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Learning French can be challenging but fun – and it makes trips to France that much more rewarding. Here’s how I learned French in my 50s: Build a Foundation You need some […]

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Eight Months in Provence by Diane Covington-Carter

Written by on May 11, 2018 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Eight Months in Provence by Diane Covington-Carter

American Diane Covington-Carter was obsessed with France. She had spent her youth listening to her father’s wartime tales, studying French, and saving every spare penny to go there on her junior year abroad when she finished school. Alas this was not to be, and instead she found herself becoming a young married mother. However, two […]

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Yves Saint Laurent Museum Paris

Written by on May 7, 2018 in French Icons, Paris
Yves Saint Laurent Museum Paris

Yves Saint Laurent was a genius – a visionary who became a legend at an early age. Today his name graces a variety of products from luxurious cosmetics to high-end handbags. Knowing a bit about his background will enhance your visit to this excellent new museum. Early Yves Saint Laurent Saint Laurent’s career began with […]

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Espace Dalí Museum Paris

Written by on April 19, 2018 in Art and Artists, Arty, Paris
Espace Dalí Museum Paris

Salvador Dalí loved Paris but few realize the Catalan artist resided for a time, at 7 rue Becquerel in Montmartre. Today close to his former home, there is a museum-gallery which contains hundreds of his works. Espace Dalí museum-gallery The Espace Dalí museum-gallery is located in the heart of the hilltop artists’ village in Montmartre. It contains the […]

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Robert Tatin museum Mayenne | Weird whacky and wonderful

Written by on March 19, 2018 in Art and Artists, Pays de la Loire
Robert Tatin museum Mayenne | Weird whacky and wonderful

Robert Tatin was an extraordinary French artist whose home in the lush department of Mayenne, Pays de la Loire in north west France, became a museum. You may never have heard of him but once you see his house and art, you’re unlikely to forget it. Robert Tatin Robert Tatin was born in 1902 in […]

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British artist in France creates pet souvenirs

British artist in France creates pet souvenirs

  Artist Susan Faye, a British expat in France, has always been passionate about animals, especially dogs.  As a child she says she would bring home any dog she found roaming the streets but wasn’t allowed to keep them until at the age of 16, when her parents agreed she could  bring home ‘Shonti’, a  […]

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The French Belle Epoque in Film

Written by on March 7, 2018 in Culture & Language
The French Belle Epoque in Film

The ‘belle époque’ was a period of French history. It occurred during the decades from the late 19th century (1880s) to the outbreak of the First World War. It was a time when there was a flowering of culture, fashion and the arts among the French bourgeosie (middle classes). Paris seemed to be full of […]

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Where to drink absinthe in France

Written by on February 26, 2018 in French Icons, Wine and Drinks
Where to drink absinthe in France

My insomnia sparked the whole thing off. I listened to a radio programme in the wee small hours entitled ‘Absinthe Makes the Art Grow Fonder’. It told of madness, creative genius, smuggling, fairies, suicide and debauchery in le demi-monde of Montmartre in la Belle-Époque. Captivated, I set out to discover more. Until that point my […]

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The history of absinthe, the once forbidden drink

Written by on February 26, 2018 in French Icons, Wine and Drinks
The history of absinthe, the once forbidden drink

Banned for almost 100 years, believed to induce madness in those who drank it, absinthe is making a come back. Invented by a French doctor, the highly alcoholic drink has a colourful history. What is absinthe and where does it come from? A certain Dr. Ordinaire (you couldn’t make that up) fleeing the guillotines of the French […]

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