Jul 282020
Rick Stein's Secret France – A Journey To The Home Of Cuisine

In the popular BBC series Rick Stein’s Secret France, the Padstow-based celebrity chef takes a personal road trip around France, from Dieppe to Cassis, meeting restaurateurs and specialist producers, hoping to find that France is still the home of fine food, particularly if you look off the beaten track. The series is a glorious road […]

Jun 112020
French Cycling Holidays – Where To Go?

If you enjoy cycling and love to visit France, it’s easy to combine both passions at the same time. Home of the greatest professional tour of them all, the Tour de France, which usually takes place in July, cycling is so revered in France that it is considered the national sport. For those who’d prefer […]

Jun 012020
A Guide To Verlan – France's Popular Slang

If you are in the process of learning French and are keen to impress your friends and neighbours with some zarbi new words, why not try out some of the French slang Verlan on them? Zarbi, you ask? Just switch the syllables, and you’ll find the word Bizarre. As puzzling to the untrained ear as […]

May 082020

Think of French celebrities and certain names will probably come to mind: Brigitte Bardot, Catherine Deneuve, Jean Reno, Vanessa Paradis and Gerard Depardieu among them. While these are most certainly iconic, there are numerous television personalities, singers and actors who are hugely famous in France today, but little known outside. If you are seriously considering […]

Jan 092020
Escape To The Château  – Why Not?

For six seasons now, viewers have been charmed by the Channel 4 programme Escape to the Château, which follows the adventures of Dick Strawbridge and Angel Adoree as they restore a fairytale 19th century château in Martigne-sur-Mayenne, in the Pays-de-la-Loire region of north-western France. Formerly a Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army, Dick Strawbridge is […]