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Cleo de Merode...
Cleo de Merode

  Cleo de Merode Cleo de Merode (1875 – 1966) was a famous French-Austrian actress, model and glamour icon and was hailed as one of the most beautiful women of her...  ...read more
The Ivory Coast...
The Ivory Coast

  Côte d’Ivoire In the Chateau there is an old trunk with an equally old Côte d’Ivoire shipping tag glued to it.  It made me want to look up about the...  ...read more
Madame Tussaud...
Madame Tussaud

  Madame Tussaud Philippe Curtuis The woman we know as Madame Tussaud was born in 1761 in Strasbourg, eastern France, as Marie Grosholtz.  Her father had been killed in battle...  ...read more
French heroines of WWI...
French heroines of WWI

  French heroines of WWI As we approached the centenary of the First World War, I thought it would be interesting to have a look at the roles of some of the French women during that...  ...read more
So you speak French...
So you speak French

  So, you speak French ? In any language the local expressions and idioms can be a nightmare.  In fact, I’d go so far as to say that it is only when you can understand them...  ...read more
The Beauty and the Beast...
The Beauty and the Beast

The Beauty and the Beast: written by a French woman. Did you know that the fairy tale “The Beauty and the Beast” was written by a French woman ?  In fact she was living and...  ...read more
A Guest Post a short...
A Guest Post a short story

  A Guest Post - a short story Violets. by Henry Last.   So, the thing is that I have to write it. Apparently it is therapy. Therapeutic.  I don’t see why it should...  ...read more
The Highwayman...
The Highwayman

  The Highwayman. The Highwayman. The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees. The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed among cloudy seas. The road was a ribbon of...  ...read more
Honore de Balzac...
Honore de Balzac

  Honore de Balzac Balzac 1799 – 1850 Honore de Balzac was born in the lovely town of Tours, on the Loire Valley.  There had been one son before him, also named Honore,...  ...read more
Great writers Gustave...
Great writers Gustave Flaubert

  Great writers: Gustave Flaubert. Gustave Flaubert  1821-1880 Unlike most of his contemporaries, Flaubert did not write much.  Other French writers of the time, some of...  ...read more
Le loo de la longue...
Le loo de la longue droppe and French snippets

  The French bistro  A bistro in France was – traditionally – a simple small restaurant where you can get a basic no-frills meal fairly cheaply in...  ...read more
Jean de la Fontaine...
Jean de la Fontaine

  Jean de la Fontaine: great French writers Jean de la Fontaine 1621-1695 When I was a girl, attending a French school on the island of New Caledonia in the South Pacific (as one...  ...read more
Albert Camus...
Albert Camus

  Famous French writers. Albert Camus.  Camus 1913- 1960 Albert Camus was born to a pied-noir family in Algeria, which was then French.  The term pied-noir,...  ...read more
Continuing with French...
Continuing with French History General Leclerc

  Continuing with French History General Leclerc.   Leclerc (above) talking to his men during WWII As you drive around France you will notice that many roads are named...  ...read more
The French language...
The French language

  The French Language.   Did you know that French has 100 000 words in its language, and English has over a million? Almost 40% of our English words, however, originated...  ...read more

 

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