Category Archives: France

The Beauty of Travel – expect the unexpected

The Church at St-Jean-de-Côle, Dordogne This year, we tried a new approach to choosing a holiday – we picked a charming house in a village we had never heard of in a country we had rarely visited: St-Jean-de-Côle in southern … Continue reading

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C’est La Folie by Michael Wright

I’d already heard of this book before I started my French project.  In the pre-little-man days I used to be able to (whisper it) read the whole Saturday Telegraph!  In one day!  Shocking, I know, but true.  How times have … Continue reading

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French Fashion and Style: My French Life by Vicki Archer and Parisian Chic by Ines de la Fressange

When I started my French project, I did a search on Amazon to see what books are available which relate to France and the French lifestyle.  I bought several stories of English people giving up the rat race and buying … Continue reading

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Newsflash: I just spoke to a Real Frenchman

He’s called Francois and he didn’t laugh at me! In the pursuit of becoming fluent in French, I’ve signed up to the Rosetta Stone course and I have to say that I am very impressed so far.  As part of … Continue reading

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French Lessons Part Two

The phone call I’d been dreading finally came.  I’d been hunting for a teacher of French to adults for a few weeks, as my son is going to French Club summer school over the course of five mornings in the … Continue reading

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French Lessons Part One

My son is going to French Club Summer School this year (5 mornings for a couple of hours), and although the town is only about 12 miles away, it’s really not worth me coming back home whilst he is learning … Continue reading

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French Cuisine – Soupe à l’Oignon Gratinée

Here is the story of my first foray into the world of cooking the French way.  Where better to begin than with French Onion soup.  Not, as I first thought, made with French Onions, whatever they may be, but with … Continue reading

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A Year in Provence by Peter Mayle

This book was published in 1989 and I first heard about it a few years after that.  It was made famous by the television film starring John Thaw and Lindsay Duncan.  I’d never quite got around to reading it until … Continue reading

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Almost French by Sarah Turnbull

  I read this book when it was first published in 2005 and really enjoyed it.  It gave me itchy feet and wanderlust.  As part of my current project to learn about France, its inhabitants and the French language, I … Continue reading

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Souvenirs from France

Here are my souvenirs from our visit to Disneyland Paris a couple of weeks ago, a Minnie Mouse cup and bowl.  I’ve posted them for no other reason than I think that they are incredibly cute, they came from France … Continue reading

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