France’s Wonderful Waterways

Péniches sur la Seine à Paris by Pline

Before the advent of railway, rivers were the main transportation routes in France. France is home to 24 rivers which exceed 300 km in length, whereas Italy and Britain only have four and two, respectively. So important were these waterways, that out of the 95 metropolitan départements (administrative divisions), 66 are named after rivers. Rivers which flow into the sea (or into a desert or lake) are called fleuves, and when they flow into other rivers, rivières.

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Four Secret Paris Eateries

chez louisette by Benoît Deniaud

Stuck for somewhere great to eat while in the City of Light? We have the answer to your tummy rumbles! Café A – Facebook page 148 rue du Faubourg Saint-Martin, 75010 This charming little café, in the 10th arrondissement, serves delicious fresh organic food, such as cold cuts and bruschetta. To find it, walk through the gates of the former 17th century convent, and keep going under the arcade until you come to the architectural museum’s very pretty courtyard, with […]

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Chocolate, Caves and Pebble Palaces – Five Places In France You May Not Have Considered Visiting

Postman Cheval Palais Idéal

Fed up with waiting in line for ages for the main tourist attractions? Want to discover something rather more unique? We’re fond of seeking out the less talked-about things to see and do, and believe us, France has no shortage of them, so here are a few of our recommendations for the path less travelled. Postman Cheval’s Ideal Palace The story goes that in 1879, Ferdinand Cheval, a 43 year old rural postman, stumbled over a stone, and on picking […]

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French Or Not?

baguette by DocteurCosmos

French fries are not French. Nor are French toast, French dressing, and French fried onions (French is the name of the fried onion company). And that’s not all; quiche, croissants, parfait, tarte flambée, and baguettes are not technically French either. Kilts, on the other hand, are French – not Scottish!

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Three Great Hotels You May Not Have Heard Of In Paris

marais house

Go to any city in the world, and there are always some constants – the same fast-food places, the same big-name stores, and the same hotel chains. In one respect, this is not such a bad idea; after all, when exploring foreign cities, sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming, so a familiar name may be the oasis you need. Another advantage, particularly with hotel chains, is that no matter where you are in the world, you know what to […]

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Would you like history with that?

Voltaire and Diderot at Café Procope

Le Procope opened in 1686, and has been in continous operation ever since. Why not take a walk along Rue de l’Ancienne Comédie, in Paris‘ 6th arrondissement, and have a cup of coffee where so many others have done for hundreds of years? Or perhaps, A la Petite Chaise, which can be found in Rue de Grenelle (6th/7th arrondissement). This café opened its doors in 1680, and has served coffee, wine, and food to the great and the good for […]

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Practice Your Language Skills With Franglish!

Franglish

Do you ever get frustrated when in France, that some folks just don’t seem to be able to understand you, even when you speak your best, carefully-practiced French? Have you ever wished your French could be better? Have you ever wanted to be able to speak just a few basic phrases? Well, we have the answer – Franglish! Franglish is an innovative concept, which allows English and French speakers to meet up for the purpose of language-skills exchange. Having an […]

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Monks, Music, and Movie Stars – A Brief History Of Château Miraval

château miraval rosé

This year, the renowned French winemaker, Famille Perrin, of Châteauneuf-du-Pape fame, was voted Winemaker of the Year by Decanter magazine. In addition to their own domaine, Marc & Pierre Perrin are equal-partnered with newly-weds, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the owners of Château Miraval, in Correns-Var, where between them they produce the world’s best rosé. The estate, in the Coteaux Varois, one of the most beautiful domaines in the Provençal region, is sited in an area which has been inhabited […]

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Francophile Fact: Ask Nicely, Please!

la Petite Syrah

Manners maketh the man… richer. At la Petite Syrah on Nice’s Rue Cassini, customers are rewarded with inexpensive coffee for their politeness, while those who don’t even bother to say hello, please, or thank you, pay for their rudeness!  

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Bon Appétit! La Fête De La Gastronomie Is Back

Bon Appétit! La Fête De La Gastronomie Is Back

Gastronomy and France – they go together like wine and cheese, fruit and nuts… see our point? So it should come as no great surprise then, that since 2011, the French, with typical Gallic passion, have been celebrating their gastronomic traditions by holding festivals dedicated to all things delicious. This year’s last summer weekend – 26, 27, & 28 September – sees the 4th annual Fête de la Gastronomie taking place at locations across the country, including some which are […]

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