Culture & Language

A day with Marie-Antoinette book review

Written by on January 5, 2018 in Book Reviews And Interviews
A day with Marie-Antoinette book review

Marie-Antoinette, that’s all you have to say and most people will know immediately that you’re talking of the Queen of France who lost her head. She is a legend more than 200 years after her death. Famous for her fashion and her farmhouse at the Chateau of Versailles. Famous for her scented gloves and silk […]

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The Christmas Cottage by Patricia Dixon

Written by on December 16, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews
The Christmas Cottage by Patricia Dixon

The third novel by Patricia Dixon sees a festive return to the tiny French village of Pierre de Fontaine. Nestled amongst the sleepy hills and misty valleys of the Loire you will be transported to crisp, winter mornings and star filled, moonlit nights. Relax around a glowing log fire and enjoy a taste of Noël […]

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A Feast of Literary Festivals in France

Written by on December 14, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews
A Feast of Literary Festivals in France

Who isn’t inspired by France, with its fascinating history and culture, scenic landscapes, historic towns and villages and amazing food and wine? For writers in particular, all this adds up to plenty of material to write about. Moving to France might provide more time, space and inspiration to write, but it can restrict access to […]

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Best French Immersion courses in France

Written by on November 21, 2017 in Courses, Learn French
Best French Immersion courses in France

If you want to learn French, to speak it like a local and understand it fully, the best way to study is undoubtedly by immersion. It’s also great fun and when you’re able to fully immerse yourself in the culture and essence of France at the same time – it really does help make learning […]

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Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands

Written by on November 2, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands

Patricia Sands, the author of the Love in Provence series returns to the South of France with a poignant portrait of a woman who must learn how to create a new life for herself… Sixty-two-year-old Arianna arrives in the South of France for a two-week artists’ workshop full of anticipation but burdened by guilt. Back […]

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How to pronounce r in French it’s easy when you know how!

Written by on September 21, 2017 in Words And Phrases
How to pronounce r in French it’s easy when you know how!

In French, even a simple word sounds so classy and chic that many non French speakers fall in love with the language. It also has some beautiful ways of getting a message across. For example, in French we do not say “I miss you” instead we say “Tu me manques” which means “you are missing […]

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Head to Morzine France to learn French and ski!

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Learn French, Rhône Alpes, Ski
Head to Morzine France to learn French and ski!

A week in Morzine – it’s not all about the snow The Portes du Soleil area is one of the largest ski areas in the world. It includes 13 resorts (both Swiss and French) and roughly 650 km of marked ski and snowboard runs. There are 14 valleys and nearly all of the runs are […]

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Review of VAGABONDS in France by Michael A Barry

Written by on September 3, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Review of VAGABONDS in France by Michael A Barry

So, what would YOU do if you lost your house? Panic, desperately search for another one and then take anything you can get? Well, when this happened to Americans Michael and Lisa, they decided to take the glass half full approach. When their rental home was no longer available, they put their furniture into storage […]

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Atelier d’Ofard wallpaper makers extraordinaire in Tours

Written by on September 3, 2017 in Art and Artists, Centre, Tours in France
Atelier d’Ofard wallpaper makers extraordinaire in Tours

In days long gone, wallpaper was made by hand. It was time consuming and specialist and these days wallpaper is made by machines. But, there are still two companies left in France where the 17th century hand and wood block form of printing is still used as it has been for hundreds of years. Atelier […]

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The weird and wonderful Fondation du Doute Blois

Written by on September 3, 2017 in Art and Artists, Centre, Quirky Stuff
The weird and wonderful Fondation du Doute Blois

Most people visit the Loire Valley for its stunning chateaux, wonderful vineyards, historic cities, gorgeous gardens and beautiful villages. But for something different you might like to pop to the Fondation du Doute (which translates as the Fondation of Doubt) in Blois. In the shadow of the castle that dominates this town, you can’t miss […]

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