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Finding Gilbert: A promise fulfilled by Diane Covington-Carter

Written by on September 15, 2018 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Finding Gilbert: A promise fulfilled by Diane Covington-Carter

This book is simply beautiful, within its pages are stories within stories, and they all began with an encounter between an American soldier and a little French boy in the months following the D-day landings on Omaha Beach, France, in June 1944. Finding Gilbert, a true story The soldier was the author’s father, Donald Kenneth […]

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5 Easy methods to help you learn French as fast as possible

Written by on September 15, 2018 in Learn French
5 Easy methods to help you learn French as fast as possible

When it comes to foreign languages, we can be impatient. Many of us look for the best and most innovative methods, devote time to French online courses, download special apps and so on. We’re keen to learn as quickly as possible and most of us spend ages looking at the dozens of methods available for […]

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Review of Montségur by Catherine de Courcy

Written by on August 29, 2018 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Review of Montségur by Catherine de Courcy

History and drama fans will really enjoy this terrific blend of fact and fiction. Montségur by Catherine de Courcy starts in 1236 in southern France. Esme, a young forest child finds herself caught up in the frightening days of the inquisition. Raimond, her foster brother is taken by an inquisitor called Friar Pierre Tiquè and […]

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Review of Parallel Lives by Jennifer Andrewes

Written by on August 8, 2018 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Review of Parallel Lives by Jennifer Andrewes

This book is simply un-put-downable. Whether like me you are an expat who loves reading about other regions of this amazing country, you love visiting France on holiday, are considering moving here, or you simply enjoy taking a wonderful fly-on-the-wall glimpse into other people’s lives, this book will keep you captivated until the very last […]

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Review of Paris Postcards by Guy Thomas Hibbert

Written by on August 6, 2018 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Review of Paris Postcards by Guy Thomas Hibbert

In a series of short stories of love, life and Paris, Guy Hibbert’s eloquent writing portrays the pulse of the city and the lives and loves of some of its inhabitants over a century. Standalone stories but in some, their fates intertwine in a clever twist that gives the book a coherence you don’t often […]

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Review of Riviera Dreaming by Maureen Emerson

Written by on July 30, 2018 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Review of Riviera Dreaming by Maureen Emerson

Maureen Emerson has written a truly fascinating book about life on the French Riviera and two of the men who shaped its style in the early 20th century. About Maureen Emerson Maureen lived in Provence for 20 years, working as a local co-ordinator for CBS and NBC at media festivals in Cannes. Over the year, […]

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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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