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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Francophile Fact: La Médaille de la Famille Française

Médaille de la Famille Française

Originally called the ‘Médaille d’honneur de la famille française‘ (medal of honor of the French family), the award has since undergone several name changes, and from 1983, has been known as the ‘Médaille de la Famille Française‘ (medal of the French family). The medal was originally to honor mothers of large families but is now bestowed upon parents and carers of either gender who are deemed to have raised children with dignity.  

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Whisky Live Paris

Whisky Live Paris

This month sees the international exhibition, Whisky Live Paris, now in its 11th year, take place at the Maison de la Mutualité in Paris, where it will afford visitors the opportunity to brush up on their whiskey knowledge, discover a world of new tastes and experiences, and meet other enthusiasts who share their passion. The Paris exposition, which is also held in New York, London, Johannesburg, and Shanghai, is spread over three floors, and has a tasting area of more than […]

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