Shortened Words in French

Shortened Words in French

It will probably come as no surprise to anyone who's tried to learn a language and then put it into practice in a native-speaking country that the French language spoken in France, by French people, can be quite different from the language you studied at school. As...

Paris-Nice: the Cycle Race to the Sun

Paris-Nice: the Cycle Race to the Sun

It's called the Race to the Sun and 7 years ago under a perfect spring sky the 72nd Paris-Nice cycle race came through Roquefort town. Wind and rain may buffet the riders at the beginning of the course in the north of France but no one can remember a time when it...

What is Pain d’Epices?

What is Pain d’Epices?

Christmas in France is all about food and at this time of year you see supermarket shelves and market stalls groaning with piles of delicious festive specialities. One of these, found at no other time of year, is pain d’épices. This tasty pâtisserie comes in various...

30+ of The “Plus Beaux Villages de France”

30+ of The “Plus Beaux Villages de France”

France is full of enchanting villages and among the approximately 30,000 communes there are undoubtedly thousands of beautiful ones. However, officially there are exactly 159 Plus Beaux Villages de France - 159 most beautiful villages of all. But how can there be such...

Driving to the South of France

Driving to the South of France

Driving to the South of France from the UK or Northern Europe is very doable, even pleasurable, particularly if you make the journey part of the fun and take your time.  Many of the guests at Lou Messugo drive from the UK, Paris, Belgium and Germany and while there...

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