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!

Atlantic beach

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 3 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.

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:

• You can link up one post, old or new as long as it’s about France/French.
• Please make sure you include the All About France badge at the bottom of your post or in the sidebar of your blog, or a hyper-link back to me (the code is below).
• Please comment on the host’s posts and at least two others, the more the merrier. Blog linkys only work if you’re generous with your comments and shares.
• Please use the hashtag #AllAboutFrance when sharing on social media.
• Don’t forget you can join the Pinterest board and pin your post to it for extra exposure.

For more information on All About France you can take a look at the introductory post I wrote here. This linky will stay open until 11.55 pm on Wed 7th Sept and be back again on Thursday 6th October.

Bonne rentrée everyone!

AllAboutFrance with Lou Messugo

Grab the code for the AllAboutFrance badge here:

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