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Where to drink absinthe in France

Written by on February 26, 2018 in French Icons, Wine and Drinks
Where to drink absinthe in France

My insomnia sparked the whole thing off. I listened to a radio programme in the wee small hours entitled ‘Absinthe Makes the Art Grow Fonder’. It told of madness, creative genius, smuggling, fairies, suicide and debauchery in le demi-monde of Montmartre in la Belle-Époque. Captivated, I set out to discover more. Until that point my […]

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The history of absinthe, the once forbidden drink

Written by on February 26, 2018 in French Icons, Wine and Drinks
The history of absinthe, the once forbidden drink

Banned for almost 100 years, believed to induce madness in those who drank it, absinthe is making a come back. Invented by a French doctor, the highly alcoholic drink has a colourful history. What is absinthe and where does it come from? A certain Dr. Ordinaire (you couldn’t make that up) fleeing the guillotines of the French […]

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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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The lusty dance of Paris – the Can-Can

Written by on February 7, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews, French Icons
The lusty dance of Paris – the Can-Can

  The Can-Can dance was raucous and risqué, reaching its height of popularity in 1900 during the Belle Époque. Parisian cabarets promoted the dance and Jane Avril and La Goulue popularized it in the night clubs of Montmartre. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec depicted it in his famous painting, At the Moulin Rouge: The Dance. And, Jacques […]

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The Perfect French Souvenir Gift Box

Written by on February 6, 2017 in French Icons
The Perfect French Souvenir Gift Box

  We love the gorgeous gift boxes from Le Cadeau Francais. From the pretty oh-so-French packaging to the gorgeous goodies inside. They’re a perfect souvenir gift box of France for friends, family and for yourself! Alfred de Louvencourt is the creator of le Cadeau Francais (The French Gift). He lived in the UK and Brazil […]

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How Jules Verne Inspires the Carousels of France

Written by on February 1, 2017 in French Icons, Guest Blogs
How Jules Verne Inspires the Carousels of France

Jules Verne is a world famous French author. Although he wrote his books many years ago we are constantly reminded of him in French towns and cities. You may noticed the beautiful hot air balloon, and other travel items from his books that often feature on the beautiful carousels… Jules Verne Most of us have […]

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On the trail of Joan of Arc in France

Written by on September 12, 2016 in French Icons
On the trail of Joan of Arc in France

Joan of Arc was a simple, illiterate girl who lived in the depths of the French countryside during the medieval period. She was born apparently on January 6th, 1412 and died on May 30th, 1431. She was just 19 years old but had achieved dramatic greatness for her country during her short life. She never […]

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Villa Cavrois – An Art Deco Jewel In France

Written by on September 4, 2016 in French Icons, Nord-Pas de Calais
Villa Cavrois – An Art Deco Jewel In France

Just outside Lille, the lovely capital city of northern France, lies Villa Cavrois, an extraordinary mansion that has been restored meticulously by the Centre des Monuments Nationaux. This place is a like a time capsule of an era when money bought true style, and for fans of art deco this place is an absolute gem. […]

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The history of the Arc de Triomphe Paris

Written by on July 27, 2016 in French Icons, Paris
The history of the Arc de Triomphe Paris

The history of the Arc de Triomphe Paris: The Arch of Triumph, it’s English translation, was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is a symbol of Paris, its presence so strong that even Hitler walked round it not through it, and Jackie Kennedy was so inspired by her visit, she recreated an Eternal Flame to commemorate […]

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The very French baguette of France

Written by on September 13, 2015 in French Icons, Gastronomy
The very French baguette of France

  Ask most people what is the most French thing they can think of – some will say the Eiffel Tower, some will say a beret, some will say Paris. However, many will say it is the baguette, the long, crispy, delicious loaf of bread that just seems to be the epitome of French-ness. To […]

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