Gallic Rooster France
Explore: Travel in ProvenceMargo Lestz

Discover the Curious History of the Gallic Rooster of France

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz: Many nations are represented by the symbol of an animal. Normally, they choose one whose characteristics reflect those of the country: The United Kingdom chose the brave lion and the United States claims the majestic bald eagle. What animal do you think represents France? … The barnyard rooster. …Continue reading …

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French Trivia @Girlgonegallic
Explore: Travel in ProvenceGirl Gone Gallic

Friday Fun Facts – Random Bits of French Knowledge

Contributor blog post by Girl Gone Gallic: How to become a master of mostly useless French knowledge! Looking to impress your friends? Make your next date think you are smarter than you are? Want to appear more interesting at parties? Dazzle your friends, neighbors, and co-workers with extremely useless random …

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Guillotine in France @GirlgoneGallic
Girl Gone GallicProvencal History & Traditions

Friday Fun Facts 4 – Did you know? The Guillotine in France

Contributor blog post by Girl Gone Gallic: The last execution by Guillotine in France happened not so long ago. Over 200 years ago, the French discovered and adopted the Guillotine. The Guillotine was designed by the surgeon Antoine Louis inspired by devices found in Italy. Dr. Louis perfected his new …

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trio-of-statues @Margo_Lestz
Explore: Travel in ProvenceMargo LestzProvencal History & Traditions

The Virgin Project of Nice, France

Contributor blog post by Margo Lestz: Did you know that the city of Nice, France almost had a 49 foot (15 meter) tall statue of the Virgin Mary standing atop the Colline du Chateau (Castle Hill)? In the 1980s, the idea of the “Virgin on the hill” came to the …

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Luberon windows #Luberon #ExploreProvence @PerfProvence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottExplore: Travel in ProvenceGuided Holiday Tours

Exploring Provence’s Luberon with Bliss Travels

The forecast was for sweltering weather, those blue sky-cicada-filled days that scream for poolside lounging in Provence. As I packed the car, I wondered (again) why I was joining a Bliss Travels trip with founder Wendy Jaeger? I do not consider myself a “tour” person – what would the group …

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Encounters at a French Market @CobblestonesandVineyards
Cheryl ShufflebothamMarkets in Provence and Cote d'AzurTaste: Food & Drink

Encounters at a French Market

Contributor blog post by Cheryl Shufflebotham: There is nothing like wandering through a French market filled with fresh fruits and vegetables, cheese, bread, soap, honey, and so much more. It’s a lively place—the heart of France, the heart of the village. Today, I was meandering a French market in the …

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paperwork @FrenchLessonsBlog
Expat Living and Real EstateJemma - French Lessons

Working for French Unemployment Benefits

Contributor blog post by Jemma @French Lessons Blog: I was 10 years working in my office job – real, salaried employment! Jo says, pausing with me on the terrasse before organizing her day here at Bellevue. She shakes her head. But I was let go on la veille de Noël …

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Dining in France @CobblestonesandVineyards
Cheryl ShufflebothamTaste: Food & Drink

Food Lover? How Not to Go Hungry in France

Contributor blog post by Cheryl Shufflebotham: Hungry in France? Wait a minute! Isn’t France all about the food? Isn’t it known for its boulangeries, pâtisseries, cheese, bread, croissants, steak frites, Michelin-star dining? Don’t people go to France for the food? Yes, yes, and yes. There is wonderful food everywhere, as …

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terrasse non fumeur francesoir @AccessRiviera
Expat Living and Real EstateLiving in ProvenceRebecca Whitlocke

No smoking : Are the tides turning about smoking in France?

Contributor blog post by Access Riviera: I’m a non-smoker and always have been. I’ve lived with smokers, I have family members who smoke, I have friends who smoke. I don’t begrudge anyone’s choice to smoke cigarettes, e-cigarettes, cigars or pipes. What I DON’T like is when smokers think its their …

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French Flag Provence Perfectly Provence
Carolyne Kauser-AbbottLearning FrenchWhat's On Provence & Cote d'Azur

14 Ways to Celebrate Bastille Day

On July 14, 1789, an angry mob stormed the Bastille in Paris, a prison that housed only seven inmates. To incensed crowd, the medieval structure represented a landmark which symbolized all of their frustration with the reigning monarchy, a weak economic environment, high taxes and a lack of personal financial …

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