It’s September! C’est la rentrée! I hope you all had a great summer…I can’t believe it’s already time for another session of All About France, the place to link up and read the best articles about France in bloggerland.
The summer holidays have whizzed by filled with all the good things summer should be about; we caught up with old friends, drove miles and miles exploring new parts of Europe and France, (I’m linking up our day in Biarritz to this month’s #AllAboutFrance) camped in a National Park, swum in the Mediterranean, Bay of Biscay and Atlantic Ocean, all to the rhythm of late nights and lazy mornings. But while the routine has to change now with early starts and the return of homework we are so lucky on the Côte d’Azur that summer isn’t over. The good weather usually lasts well into October and if anyone wants to benefit from this we still have some availability in the gîte, just get in touch!
But I seem to have got sidetracked, dreaming of summer which was made even more relaxing thanks to Diane from Oui in France who kindly hosted last month’s All About France linky for me. Un grand merci à Diane! Here are her 4 favourite posts, I think she’s chosen a great selection. If you haven’t already read them I recommend you pop over and have a look.
When the grass isn’t greener: falling out of love with France by As Told By Dana
Visiting Versailles: 5 tips for a great visit by Arnie and Jo are on the go
The Préfecture: hell in France? by La Vie en C-Rose
Easiest best ever French flourless chocolate cake by Girl Gone Gallic
I’m making a FEW CHANGES to the linky from now on (regular linkers please note):
please only link up ONE post (it can be old or new, but no longer 2 – save others for future months).
I’m experimenting with a new way to encourage comments: I love this community of travel and lifestyle bloggers who write about France and I really enjoy reading all the very varied posts each month, but I must say I have been hugely disappointed with the amount of comments in recent months. I hate to say it but the vast majority of linkers seem to think it’s OK to link up and run. It’s not! This is a community who should be supporting each other and helping each other connect and this can only be done by reading, commenting and sharing other bloggers’ articles. Every month there are between 35-50 new posts to check out, surely everyone can find a few of interest, we are all linked by a love of (or interest in) France after all!
So to encourage comments I will make a big shout-out to the blogger who comments the most and share their blog more on social media. But I will not being sharing posts by bloggers who haven’t commented on the host’s and at least 2 other posts anymore. Please do join in with the comments, don’t forget you can (and should) come back after the linky has closed to see who linked up at the end, there are often some gems that barely get seen. Please use the #AllAboutFrance hashtag so we all know where we’re coming from. I’m sorry to go on, but without interaction there isn’t much point in the linky.
What is All About France?
All About France is a monthly blog linky, linking up blog posts about France. These posts can be freshly scribbled or from your archives as a way of bringing new life to an old article. There is no date limit and the only rule for subject matter is that it is about France in some way. This can mean French language, French food, French style, French literature, expat life in France, French expats abroad or travel in France among other things. The linky opens on the 1st Thursday of each month and stays open for a week.
Here’s how to join in the fun:
Grab the #AllAboutFrance badge here
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Bonne rentrée everyone!