Christmas Traditions in Provence

Christmas Traditions in Provence

Christmas in Provence is full of traditions both ancient and new, religious and secular, making it a fascinating and fun time to visit this part of France.  Provence is such a popular summertime destination that it might come as a surprise to find out that it’s also...
What is a Bûche de Noël?

What is a Bûche de Noël?

The Christmas meal in France, eaten on the evening of the 24th of December, wouldn’t be complete if it didn’t end with a delicious dessert of bûche de Noël, but what exactly is a bûche de Noël?  Literally translated bûche de Noël means Christmas log, and nowadays it...
Mid Summer Solstice and Fire!

Mid Summer Solstice and Fire!

I’ve written before about how June is the month of fêtes, full of festivities, festivals and fun.  Once again it’s sped by at breakneck speed and tomorrow it’ll be July, with the “official” start of the summer season. But just before that...
Valentine’s Day in France

Valentine’s Day in France

Valentine’s Day falls on the 14th of February in France, just like the rest of the world. It is known as la fête de Saint-Valentin or just la Saint-Valentin and despite being celebrated (or marked in someway) by around 70% of the adult population, it isn’t...
Halloween in France

Halloween in France

Halloween is not traditionally celebrated in France, though in some locations you’d be forgiven for thinking the opposite.  The area and the age of the population can make a great deal of difference. Children love it, the older generation don’t and those...
The French Flag – le Tricolore

The French Flag – le Tricolore

         Flags on the Cannes Town Hall for VE Day The national flag of France was designed in 1794 and having been through a few variations over the years its design was definitively written into the constitution in 1958.  It comprises three equal vertical bands of...
Easter in France

Easter in France

Easter in France is not very different from most countries that celebrate it, the main focus being getting together with family and friends for big meals and chocolate indulgence.  The French love their chocolate, 13,000 tonnes of it is sold every Easter!  But not...
The Tooth Mouse

The Tooth Mouse

It’s that time again…big gappy smiles on my little one’s face.  He’s just lost a tiny little milktooth and will put it under the pillow tonight for the mouse, not the fairy!  In France and most francophone countries with the exception of...
May Day traditions in France

May Day traditions in France

May Day in France is all about two things: muguet, pronounced “moo-gay” (lily of the valley in English) and Labour Day. On the 1st of May friends and family offer each other little sprigs, bouquets or whole plants of lily of the valley for good luck.  The...
A fishy start to April

A fishy start to April

Today is the 1st of April and just like in many countries around the world, it’s the day of jokes, hoaxes and pranks.  Newspapers and other media publish fake stories but the real speciality in France is the poisson d’avril.  This consists of sticking a...
Mouna – the Easter brioche

Mouna – the Easter brioche

On Easter Sunday we’ll be eating Mouna.  It sounds like we’re going to eat a prized hen or even a little lamb we’ve been fattening up, doesn’t it?  It’s such a pretty name.  But no, we’ll be eating a scrummy type of brioche (sweet...
Ganses – food for carnival

Ganses – food for carnival

It’s Carnival Time. Carnaval de Nice starts today which means, to put it bluntly, it’s time to pig out on “ganses“!  Traditionally made for Mardi Gras, the last day when you can eat fat before Lent, ganses are delicious light deep-fried sweet...
Lucéram The Christmas Village

Lucéram The Christmas Village

In our quest to get into the Christmas spirit, we recently spent a day in Lucéram, a pretty medieval hill village north of Nice and less than an hour from Lou Messugo.  Why? Because it comes alive in December with its “Circuit des Crèches”.  Literally...
Thirteen desserts:  Christmas in Provence

Thirteen desserts: Christmas in Provence

Christmas is a time for traditions and while France probably doesn’t spring to mind immediately when thinking about the festive period and its traditions, there are plenty here.  And even more so, plenty in the South which surprised me when I first moved to the Côte...

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