The Beaujolais Run


If you’ve never been on the Beaujolais Run®, you’ve missed out on a whole lot of fun… and some superb wine too. In 1970, celebrity chef, Clement Freud was sitting down to dinner in Romanèche with restaurateur, Joseph Berkmann, when they hit upon the idea of challenging each other to be the first to get their respective cases of Beaujolais Nouveau back to London. Berkmann won. Both men had columns in prominent British newspapers, and through these, their gentle teasing […]

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Staying Safe In Paris – Avoid The Scammers Pt. 2

ring scam in Paris

Last week we talked about minor scams in the City of Light but this week’s ones are far more serious. We’re not talking a couple of Euros here and there – with these scams, you stand to lose not only your wallet but potentially, your entire holiday and hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars as well. Métro If you go into the Métro, and look like you don’t know what you’re doing at the ticket machines, you run the risk […]

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La Toussaint

la Toussaint

La Toussaint (All Saints’ Day), is celebrated on November 1st, and is a jours férié (public holiday). However, if la Toussaint falls on a Tuesday, then Monday becomes an unofficial day off too because it’s generally considered a bit pointless to have the weekend off, go into work for one day, and then have another day off. If la Toussaint falls on a Thursday, then Friday is usually taken off as well for the same reason. Everywhere – other than […]

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French Cider

French cider

Cider is not a beverage one usually associates with France but traditionally, it is the favoured drink for All Saints’ Day (November 1st) and All Souls’ Day (November 2nd). Historically, apples were the only fruit still around at this time of year, whether they were the last remaining few on the trees, or those kept in storage. To ensure people got the absolute most from their crops, apples which were unsuitable for storing and eating, due, for example, to being […]

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Halloween In France

Halloween in France

Halloween in France is a relatively new thing, and in some places, it is still met with resistance and viewed as yet another example of Americanization. As such, Halloween is of course, very un-French! In 1982, the American Dream Bar in Paris began to celebrate Halloween, and by the end of the decade, parties began to spring up in English-speaking areas of cities, mainly thanks to US expats. In 1992, the fancy dress company, César, with its spooky costumes, set […]

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Salon du Chocolat 2014

salon du chocolat 2014

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Salon du Chocolat is THE place to be for chocolate connoisseurs and aficionados. It is the only show in the world which is dedicated to the chocolate and cocoa industry, and as such, attracts thousands of professionals and visitors from around the world. Check out the promo video! With 20,000 square metres of exhibition space over 2 floors, Salon du Chocolat will be home to over 500 major brands, companies, and chefs, who will […]

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Staying Safe In Paris – Avoid The Scammers Pt. 1

donation scam in Paris

As wonderful and full of joie de vivre as Paris is, as with any city frequented by millions of tourists, there is a darker side – one of people whose sole aim is to relieve unsuspecting visitors of their cash. These scams, while usually nonviolent, are nevertheless deeply irritating, and for some, intensely distressing. Most tourists know to keep their wallets and cell phones out of their back pockets, to keep their purses fastened, and to wear their backpacks on […]

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The Little Corporal


So many people think that Napoléon Bonaparte was short but in reality, at 5’7″, he was 2″ taller than the average height for adult males at the time. He did however, ensure that his bodyguards were both taller and broader than him, thus giving rise to the myth that he was a bit of a titch.

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Dijon Gastronomy Fair 2014

la Foire Internationale et Gastronomique de Dijon 2014

Visitors staying in Burgundy next month could do a lot worse than plan a visit to Dijon to experience the sensory delights of la Foire Internationale et Gastronomique de Dijon. Now in its 84th year, the Dijon gastronomy fair – one of the best in France – is famous for its exceptional food and wine. This year it is host to over 580 exhibitors, all offering a huge array of goodies for professional and amateur cooks alike, and lovers of […]

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France By Numbers

france map

In terms of land area, covering 247,367 square miles, France is the largest country in the European Union. L’Hexagone has over 2000 miles of coastline, with access to the Atlantic ocean, the Mediterranean sea, and the English Channel. In 2013, almost 85 million tourists visited France, making it the most visited country in the world. And they probably relished some of the 1,000+ different types of cheese and wine, which are available in France’s markets. Délicieux!

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