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Nostradamus...
Nostradamus

  Nostradamus Michel de Nostredame (1503 – 1566), usually Latinised as Nostradamus, was a French astrologer, physician and reputed seer,...  ...read more
Marie Antoinettes...
Marie Antoinettes children

  Marie Antoinette’s children. Marie-Therese of France (1778-1851) was the only one of Marie Antoinette’s four children to survive in to adulthood. She was born a few...  ...read more
The island of Oleron...
The island of Oleron

  The island of Oleron The bridge over to this island is just a few kilometres from our property and the more hardy cyclists among us may wish to do the trip by bike.  The bridge...  ...read more
The French in Egypt...
The French in Egypt

  The French in Egypt  I was recently in Cairo, and was surprised by what a large French influence there was.  Shops, hotels and restaurants had French names almost as regularly as...  ...read more
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

 

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