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The Artists of Montmartre Paris

Written by on April 24, 2017 in Art and Artists, Arty, Paris
The Artists of Montmartre Paris

Have you ever wondered why artists congregate in Montmartre, the lively hill top village of Paris? They’re there  to draw the visitors who flock to this oh-so pretty part of the city of light but why here, in this particular spot? Around 300 painters are officially licensed to work the area and there’s a 10 […]

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Amboise in the Loire Valley | Home of Leonardo da Vinci

Written by on April 19, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Amboise in the Loire Valley | Home of Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci: The Amboise Connection by Pamela Shields. The overriding comment I have to make about this book is ‘absolutely fascinating!’ Everyone has heard of Leonardo da Vinci, most famous perhaps for his paintings including the Mona Lisa which hangs in the Louvre in Paris. However Pamela Shields gives us so much more information […]

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But you are in France, Madame by Catherine Berry

Written by on April 7, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews
But you are in France, Madame by Catherine Berry

What do you get when you take two parents who have three children and deep rooted wanderlust? The answer is a thoroughly entertaining book! You’ll find yourself travelling from Australia with Catherine, her husband, and three children to Annecy in the French Alps. Through their eyes you’ll discover how very different French life is from living in […]

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How to make a French Family by Samantha Verant

Written by on April 4, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews
How to make a French Family by Samantha Verant

How to Make a French Family is the sequel to the best-selling 7 Letters from Paris by author Samantha Verant. It follows the journey of American Samantha who contacts a French boyfriend she knew for one day only whilst on a visit to Paris as a young woman and whom she hasn’t seen or spoken […]

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Review of French for Divorce by Carys M Evans

Written by on April 2, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Review of French for Divorce by Carys M Evans

This is such an amusing story, not the content of course because after all infidelity is nothing to laugh about. However, whether you’ve been there or not, you won’t fail to be totally captivated by the antics of Catherine who is English, and Jacques who is French. Jacques poor man, is a trojan, never complaining, enduring […]

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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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