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Lilly of the Valley

May is traditionally a month connected with flowers – in France it is no different. The first of May is devoted to the sweet smelling Lily of the Valley blossom. It brings good luck and traditionally family members , close friends and lovers present each other with a ‘ brin de nuguet’ or single stem […]

Wine and cheese in the vinyard

Epiphany Traditions in France

Today in France is Epiphany, the very last day of Xmas, when the wise Kings finally reached their destination to find Baby Jesus … well, so goes the story. During today, many French people will eat the famous galette des rois, a crusty round cake filled with delicious almond paste called frangipane. In the middle […]

La-Flotte French Market épicier vert

French Markets on the Ile De Re

Last summer, I went on a short trip to France with some friends. Situated near La Rochelle, the Isle of Re attracts an array of people looking for that typical French feeling. Wealthy Parisians mingle with British holidaymakers in St Martin, the main town, which boasts all manner of boutiques, quirky bars and restaurants where […]

Beef and Pears

Carbonade de boeuf et Poires belle Helene Bonjour et bienvenus a mon blog. Hi and welcome to my blog where I will be writing about why it is so good to be French and sharing my culture, my life as a  French tutor and what makes all things French so interesting to so many people. […]