Yport Beach in Normandy thanks to Roland Epple

Reading: ‘Finding Gilbert. A Promise Fulfilled’

An inspiring GUEST POST by Diane Covington-Carter, author of ‘Finding Gilbert, a Promise Fulfilled’. Read about her story, her father, and her French adventures. The seeds of my passion for France began in my early childhood, but I didn’t know that then. My father landed in the Normandy Invasion, June 1944, and spent five months at the Navy camp on …

Visit Arles Apmhitheatre, and nearby nearby Théâtre Antique d'Arles

Be Impressed by the Roman Architecture and Amphitheatre in Arles

Some of the most beautiful features of Arles are the Roman architectural buildings that still exist in the town today. It’s truly amazing to be able to walk amongst genuine, beautiful, Roman history, reaching back 2000 years into another age and culture. To touch a hand-carved stone crafted by an artisan two millennia ago brings with it an awe-inspiring wonderment …

Top 10 Things to do in Paris in the Rain

The Top 10 Things to do in Paris When It Rains

So, you find yourself in the City of Love, the home of Le Tour Eiffel, the most romantic place on Earth, and it would all be absolutely perfect except for one small, yet crucial, detail. It’s raining… It’s too wet to stay out and watch the Eiffel Tower light up at night, go on a romantic boat tour, or take …

Institut de Francais, Villefranche-sur-Mer, on the French Riviera

Learn French at the Institut de Français on the French Riviera.

Imagine, one month on the Côte d’Azur! One of my most memorable visits to France was in 2013, when I experienced one whole month of full French-language immersion training at the Institut de Français in one of the most fabulous locations on the French Riviera. I studied at the school in Villefranche-sur-Mer. A true bucket-list dream. I had started a …

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Uzès, Discover One of My Absolute Favourite French Villages.

I was first introduced to the idea of visiting Uzès by Jean-Marie of Our French Impressions. He was born in the area and lived much of his life in the local region, and his family continue to live there. At the time, I remember that I struggled repeatedly to even pronounce the name ‘Uzès’, or to find out much about …

Villa Kerylos, an Authentic & Luxurious Replica Greek Palace

Villa Kerylos, an Authentic & Luxurious Replica Greek Palace.

If you are visiting Villefranche and want to really spoil yourself, allow some time to visit one of the most spectacular villas on Cap Ferrat, Villa Kerylos. I had been visiting Villefranche every year for 4 years before I finally made the effort to walk across to Beaulieu-sur-Mer to see this remarkable Greek villa. I’m not sure why it took …

Discover Arles, Gateway to the Camargue and Luberon

Stay in Arles, Gateway to the Camargue and Luberon.

Arles, centrally located to visit the Camargue region and southern Luberon. Fabulous markets, beautiful architecture, and ancient Roman Ruins. #secret A couple of months ago I began to plan my upcoming visit to France. Arles made it to the top of the list. As is often the case, I asked my Facebook community to recommend some beautiful places for me to …

My Top Tips for International Travel

My Top Tips for International Travel.

As I sit here at Dubai International Airport, waiting for my connecting flight to Nice, I thought (given that I have a 9-hour stopover) it might be a good time to discuss some of my personal tips for long-haul travel. Each time I make the pilgrimage to my beloved France, I come from Australia, so I think I’m probably as skilled as anyone might be in managing the 30+ hour flight from my country town – via Sydney – to Paris or Nice.

Eze, Cote d'Azur, Riviera | All Things French

The Enchanting Village of Eze on the French Riviera.

If you haven’t been to Eze, it’s time it was on your list. One of my absolute favourite places to visit when I stay in Villefranche sur Mer is the perched hilltop village of Eze. This beautiful village dates back to the middle ages and clings impressively to the mountainside above the Mediterranean Sea, between St Jean Cap Ferrat and …