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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...
Christmas markets in France

Christmas markets in France

Christmas markets in France are becoming more and more popular every year and yet when many people think of Christmas markets in Europe, France probably doesn’t even spring to mind. A quick internet search will throw up plenty of suggestions for Germany and Austria,...
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...
9 Favourite French Expressions

9 Favourite French Expressions

The French language is peppered with expressions and being such a gastronomic place it should come as no surprise that it is particulary rife with culinary-inspired idioms.  Here are 9 of my favourite French food expressions.   Tomber dans les pommes photo credit:...
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...
May, the month of bridges

May, the month of bridges

An explanation of the public holidays in France in May May is usually considered a month full of public holidays in France, when little business gets done. There can be up to four:  1st of May Labour Day, 8th of May VE Day, Ascension and Pentecôte (Whit Monday), but...
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...
Bonne Année!

Bonne Année!

My last blog post for 2013 is to wish you all a very Happy New Year!  2013 has been an amazing year for my blog and for my journey as a blogger.  I’ve loved getting to know many fabulous bloggers around the world and building up online friendships while learning...
The Tour de France

The Tour de France

Today I’m sharing a post written by Jacqueline Brown from The French Village Diaries on the day that the 100th Tour de France is in Nice, just half an hour away from us.  Jacqueline explains the Tour clearly and comprehensively, so I thought, why should I do it...
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...
The 2CV, a French icon

The 2CV, a French icon

A recent visit by a friend in her Deux Chevaux and the subsequent popularity of the photo I posted on my Facebook page gave me the idea for this post about a true French icon, the 2CV. I’m talking about the little car that looks like a toy, sounds like a lawn mower...
What not to wear at the pool

What not to wear at the pool

Did you know that men/boys are not allowed to wear board shorts/loose style swimming trunks in public swimming pools in France?  Well now you do!  I’m sure there’ll be some exceptions to the rule as I certainly haven’t visited every public swimming...
Music, music everywhere

Music, music everywhere

This week’s fun is la Fête de la Musique.  On June 21st when many cultures around the world are celebrating summer (or winter) solstice, France makes music.  To enjoy the longest day of the year musicians of every style and ability gather to perform in public...

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