Cafe de la Rotonde, Paris, All Things French

Enjoy a Night Out Like a Local in Paris – The 14th Arrondissement.

Deep into the left bank of the River Seine, discover the meeting grounds of the unforgettable ‘Lost Generation’.   Many writers, painters, sculptors, and actors, such as Hemingway, Picasso, Fitzgerald and Chagall, found solace and inspiration in the Bohemian lifestyle of Paris during the 1920’s. In Montparnasse, amongst the buzz of neon signs, car horns, and the cheerfully noisy crowds …

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Dalida, une Garde-robe de la Ville à la Scène.

Dalida, her Wardrobe On and Off-Stage   When I was in Paris, I had the considerable pleasure of seeing an exhibition of the extensive wardrobe of renowned singer Dalida, showing the Palais Galliera. The Palais is a stunning example of 19th century architecture, and is devoted to the exhibition of fine fashion, clothing and textile design. It houses its own …

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Chateau de Chantilly, Domaine de Chantilly | All Things French

Discover the Beautiful Château de Chantilly.

Experience a fairy-tale moment from your childhood dreaming. For travellers like myself, seeing any Châteaux in France is like stepping through the looking glass into an unreal world. Château de Chantilly is no exception. In pristine condition and nestled serenely into it’s flawless landscape, this beautiful castle must be seen to be believed. The building and gardens themselves are stunning, to say nothing …

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Villa et Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild | All Things French

Fall in Love with Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild.

Villa et Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat One of the spectacular highlights of staying in Villefranche sur Mer is undoubtedly the experience of visiting the breathtaking Villa et Jardins Ephrussi de Rothschild. The deliciously feminine home of Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild is located on Cap Ferrat, the eastern flank of Villefranche harbour.  The Villa has magnificent views across the fabulous …

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Visit Villefranche, the Jewel of the Riviera.

Villefranche sur Mer… my home away from home. My first experience of actually staying in France was when I studied French at the Institut de Français in Villefranche in October, 2013. My birthday treat to myself. An absolutely marvellous, month-long immersion French language experience, high on the hillside above the Villefranche harbour. Before that, I had visited France only twice, …

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French Women Don't Sleep Alone | Jamie Cat Callan

Reading: French Women Don’t Sleep Alone.

My latest foray into ‘French women’ land is the book ‘French Women Don’t Sleep Alone’ by Jamie Cat Callan. It’s an interesting title which speaks more to crafting the opportunity for partnering than simply being randomly available – and preferring company. ‘Je ne sais quoi’ Although written in a way that suggests all French women fall unhesitatingly into the category of…well…all …

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I’m a Hopeless Francophile in Love with France.

As I sit here to write shortly after my return from France, I am compelled to ask myself, ”What is a Francophile?’. ‘Why am I so drawn to this country?’. I am ecstatic when I arrive … in tears when I go. What is it that draws me back here again, and again, that causes my heart to swell and tears to …

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Experience Absolute Luxury at the Palais Garnier.

Few places, in my experience, can match the extravagance of the Palais Garnier, 10 Place de l’Opéra, in Paris’ IV arrondissement. The 1979-seat Opera House is the most lavish building I have ever seen, perhaps ever built, in the modern age. The Palais Garnier has incredible detailing, opulence and majesty. This impressive masterpiece, built over a mere 15-year period between 1861 …

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Travel Around the World with a Carry-on Bag.

Want to travel with an onboard bag, but not sure how to manage it? Download my free Onboard Bag Travel Checklist here. I can hear you. Why would anyone want to organise a 6-week holiday to la belle France and travel with an airline-approved, international carry-on bag as their only luggage?   Is it even possible? Why would I want it to …

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The Strategy of Getting Organised with Storage.

Are you heading off for a while? Travelling? Taking the plunge? Packing your life into boxes and stashing it into storage can be an organised, methodical process. Or, it can be a nightmare – depending upon how you handle it. I like organised. It’s in my DNA. You can learn to be organised. My first stop in dealing with being …

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