Culture & Language

Paws Before Bedtime The story of Twilight: the retirement home for dogs

Written by on August 14, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews, Pets And Animals
Paws Before Bedtime The story of Twilight: the retirement home for dogs

As an animal lover, I have supported, sponsored and admired all my life the people who run animal sanctuaries, not only because of the wonderful rescues they do, giving animals who were unloved, ill-treated, abandoned or uncared for a new chance of life, but also I admire their ability to be strong enough to be […]

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The Streets of Paris by Susan Cahill

Written by on August 3, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews
The Streets of Paris by Susan Cahill

“Beauty is in the streets, “ they say in Paris. Travelers, like Parisians themselves, have their favorites. And as the city evolves and erupts, the streets change, Parisians come and go. But the beauty remains. The streets’ multiple personalities – charming, elegant, dirty, broken, haunted, lyrical – wind along the past and present, through the […]

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French berets from the world’s most specialised beret seller

Written by on August 2, 2017 in French Icons, French Style
French berets from the world’s most specialised beret seller

The beret – there’s nothing quite like it to define French-ness. The beret is an icon, a fashion accessory and a statement – it’s instantly recognisable as a symbol of France all over the world.  You only have to see someone wearing one and you can’t help thinking of France and French flair. Of course […]

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French Tongue Twisters and longest words

Written by on July 17, 2017 in Learn French
French Tongue Twisters and longest words

Longest French words Intergouvernementalisations (the plural of (intergouvernementalisation) or anticonstitutionnellement. At 27, 26 and 25 letters long, these are the longest words in the French language! Their meanings are pretty obvious to English speakers as well as French, as a surprisingly large number of English words and expressions are the same or very similar – […]

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Marvellous Marciac and its fabulous Jazz Festival

Written by on July 13, 2017 in French Music, Midi-Pyrénées, Music Events
Marvellous Marciac and its fabulous Jazz Festival

  Tucked away in the small valleys of the Gers in south west France is the classic bastide town of Marciac. It’s not huge, it has a population of around 1300, a central village square with the town hall as its main feature and the four sides of the square are lined with shops and […]

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Reasons to love France No. 4 Champagne

Reasons to love France No. 4 Champagne

It’s a pretty good reason to love France I think, or rather two – Champagne the region and Champagne the drink. Both are fabulous. Champagne the region So let’s take the region. A place of vineyards and chateaux, lakes and forests, gentle hills, ancient villages and smart towns and cities like Reims and Epernay.  It’s […]

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My Good Life France book is in Australia!

Written by on July 4, 2017 in Blog, Book Reviews And Interviews
My Good Life France book is in Australia!

I’m in Australia – figuratively speaking that is! Not actually me, but my book “My Good Life in France” is now available as a paperback in Australia… You can get it at Booktopia on paper and Amazon.com.au on Kindle (links below). I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see my book come out […]

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The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater

Written by on June 23, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews
The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater

We talk to actress and author Carol Drinkwater about her book THE LOST GIRL (June 2017)… I am frequently asked where the inspiration for one of my books came from. The answer is that it is very difficult to pin down that unattainable breath of something, that whispered thought that grabs you and begins to […]

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Going to the Tour de France

Written by on June 23, 2017 in Culture & Language, Tours in France
Going to the Tour de France

Have you ever flipped through the channels in July and come across the Tour de France?  Do you wonder where all those crazy people came from, how did they get alongside the road waving their flags? Why do they wear such outlandish outfits or nothing at all! My husband and I enjoy France, we spent […]

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Go green at le Cabaret Vert in Charleville-Mezieres France

Written by on June 21, 2017 in French Music
Go green at le Cabaret Vert in Charleville-Mezieres France

Le Cabaret Vert is famous across France for its surprising and varied line-up of musical talent including internationally huge bands. It’s also popular for the way in which it mixes some top international acts with plenty of local food and beer. Eco-friendly and eclectic It’s one of the most eco-friendly and highly eclectic music festivals […]

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