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Degas and the art of ballet

As the French painter Edgar Degas understood, at the heart of classical ballet is a curious paradox. By its nature, ballet is technically challenging and …

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What to look for when choosing a campsite in France

Before I came to France I’d never been camping. I came to it relatively late in life but I’ve had about five years of experience …

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Île-de-France, more than just Paris

Undoubtedly the most famous and visited place in the Île-de-France region is the city of Paris. This romantic city is the centre of the region …

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Dressing for Paris – style rules in the city of cool

You’ve secured your visa and rented your apartment. You’re ready to live in Paris. The big question: what to wear? It would be easy to …

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Reasons to love a holiday on the Ile de Ré

To paraphrase that famous 19th British fairy tale “Goldilocks and the Three Bears”, one of the things vacationers and seasonal residents on the Ile de …

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What to see on a day trip from Paris to Amboise

It’s hard to imagine that anyone could become tired of Paris: the mysterious ambience, the iconic monuments, the romantic bridges, the fabulous boutiques, the mouth-watering …

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4 Ways to Shop More Sustainably in France

Small actions soon add up and while the world is starting to take note of the importance of adopting a more ethical and environmentally-conscious mindset, …

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Memories of a visit to Bordeaux

As I look back on my time teaching English during the summer months in Bordeaux, the Proustian effect is in full swing. As an American …

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Manet’s painting Le Dejeuner sur l’Herbe

“I’ve been taken out of context!” It’s a desperate excuse we often hear when someone has been caught doing or saying something shocking at the …

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20 reasons to fall head over heels for France

Everyone has a different reason to fall head over heels for France. The great food, the wine, the long history, culture, museums, chateaux and gateaux, …

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