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Planning to teach French? 10 top French teaching resources

Written by on January 27, 2021 in Learn French
Planning to teach French? 10 top French teaching resources

People are interested in learning French for all sorts of reasons. Some want to learn to enhance their travel experience in France. Others for fun, or maybe for work and some seek to impress with their new knowledge. Whatever the reason, the fact is – learning to speak French is a popular topic. However, finding […]

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Review: Winston Churchill, Painting on the French Riviera

Written by on December 28, 2020 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Review: Winston Churchill, Painting on the French Riviera

Winston Churchill, Painting on the French Riviera is a beautiful coffee table book by Paul Rafferty. It’s a joy to read for any lover of art, Provence and Winston Churchill, voted the Greatest Briton… Winston Churchill, Painting on the French Riviera Churchill once declared that only one of his life’s ambitions had not been fulfilled […]

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Free French on demand TV and film platform

Written by on December 18, 2020 in Culture & Language
Free French on demand TV and film platform

TV5MONDEplus is the francophone streaming platform that allows you to watch subtitled films, series, documentaries, concerts and more, all for free! With 2020 being the year that we’ve spent more time in front of the TV than we might have expected, it’s a great new addition to the online stable of on demand films and […]

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Review of Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux

Written by on December 18, 2020 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Review of Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux

“Discover wine, food, castles and the French Way of life” it reads on the cover of Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux. It’s an apt and accurate summary of what’s inside this superb, almost 500 page long book. Michael Higgins, the author and photographer has delved deep into the heart of Bordeaux –  the city, the […]

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Perfect playlist for French apéro!

Written by on December 9, 2020 in French Music
Perfect playlist for French apéro!

Apéro, or apéritif, is a French way of life. It’s both a drink and an event, a time for getting together and enjoying a chat and pre-dinner drink. These days it’s just as likely to be an online reunion – but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun or funky! Preparing for apéro is part […]

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How to make a Christmas bouquet chateau style

Written by on December 7, 2020 in French Style
How to make a Christmas bouquet chateau style

Everyone who visits the Chateau de Chenonceau in the Loire Valley comes away with a memory of the exquisite gardens, the impossibly romantic white stone castle over a river with its pointy towers and arched bridge – and especially of the flower displays in every room. We asked the floral team at the castle to […]

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The City of Tears, Kate Mosse

Written by on November 19, 2020 in Book Reviews And Interviews
The City of Tears, Kate Mosse

Following on from  the bestselling The Burning Chambers, Kate Mosse’s The City of Tears is the second thrilling historical epic in The Burning Chambers Series. The City of Tears is a historical fictional tale, based on events known to have happened between 1562 and 1598, the time of the Wars of Religion in France. And […]

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TV5MONDEPlus – free on demand platform for French films and shows

Written by on November 6, 2020 in Culture & Language, TV and Satellite
TV5MONDEPlus – free on demand platform for French films and shows

Improve your French. And enjoy a wide range of French films and TV series, documentaries, cookery shows and more with TV5MONDEplus – 100% free. The service aims to bring French language programmes and films to a global audience.  And, the platform is perfect for those who want to improve their French and enjoy some great […]

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The classified arts of France

Written by on October 23, 2020 in Art and Artists
The classified arts of France

Every now and again, when chatting to French friends they’ll drop in a sentence that contains the words “the 7th Art” or maybe “the 9th Art” and recently there was talk about the “10th Art”. You, like me, might be wondering what on earth they’re going on about… Well in France, the arts are classified. […]

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Review of Finding Paris: A Novel by Joanne Kimes

Written by on October 15, 2020 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Review of Finding Paris: A Novel by Joanne Kimes

The magic of Paris weaves its spell on two unsuspecting American women. A charming, authentic and heart-warming tale that takes the reader along on their journey… Finding Paris: A Novel This wonderful story is a true voyage of discovery for two American women. From very different walks of life they meet at a French class. […]

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