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How a Gritty Co-op has Revived Quality Woollen Goods Deep in the Ardèche

How a Gritty Co-op has Revived Quality Woollen Goods Deep in the Ardèche

For nearly a century the wool industry flourished in the Ardèche, south-west France, but by the 1950s it had collapsed and except for visionary architect and his wife it may have been lost forever. Here Jerry Lanson visits the Ardelaine Co-op to learn out more about a stunning revival. In A French Village, Innovation & Grit Revive A Lost Industry by Slowlanefrance […]

How Baudry’s Nantes Bathhouse inspired the French Omnibus and the Paris Tramway

How Baudry’s Nantes Bathhouse inspired the French Omnibus and the Paris Tramway

When Stanislas Baudry built a steam bathhouse a long walk out of Nantes few came, so he set up a shuttle that turned into the world’s first public omnibus service. Toronto writer…

Play it Again Sam … at French Train Stations

Play it Again Sam … at French Train Stations

French railways aims to make your wait for a mainline train as pleasurable as possible judging from its recent roll-out of “a vous de jouer”…

Pastis in the Sun? Just a Matter of Time

Pastis in the Sun? Just a Matter of Time

The winter solstice over the residents of Florac in the Cevennes look forward to mid-February with particular passion, even though an early evening pastis in the sun still…

Want to Spend Bitcoin in France? (Caveat Emptor)

Want to Spend Bitcoin in France? (Caveat Emptor)

Over the past year Bitcoin has become hot speculative stuff among trendy online currency investors but how easy is it to spend the coins? UPDATE: Scroll down to…

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On the Road in the Gorges du Tarn

On the Road in the Gorges du Tarn

For 500 years scattered settlements in Gorges du Tarn, southern France, punted downstream in flat-bottomed boats for supplies but then came the…

‘Crimes Odieux’ – How Paris Fared in WWl

‘Crimes Odieux’ – How Paris Fared in WWl

Through the ages, Paris has been a battleground in many conflicts, from the Siege and the Commune to the…

A Photo Shoot at Café de Flore

A Photo Shoot at Café de Flore

What might Vanity Fair, Mademoiselle, Rolling Stone, Marie Claire, Glamour, ELLE and the famous Parisian Café de Flore…

War and Peace on Corniche des Cévennes

War and Peace on Corniche des Cévennes

In “Travels with a Donkey” Robert Louis Stevenson put the hardy Cévennes on the trail map of a region that…

The Discreet Charm of Elegant Art Deco Paris

The Discreet Charm of Elegant Art Deco Paris

A stunning exhibition of the work of George Barbier at the University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, inspired Norman…

Pile of EuroCoin Trouble for Chinese Tourists

Pile of EuroCoin Trouble for Chinese Tourists

Next time you trade in your old car without checking it, spare a thought for two innocent Chinese…

French Politics Puts its Boots on the Ground

French Politics Puts its Boots on the Ground

Fifty years on since the 50-Mile Kennedy Walk inspired extreme hikes in the US, Britain, South Africa, Australia…

Bucolic Canal du Midi Must Do Some Work

Bucolic Canal du Midi Must Do Some Work

Moves afoot to boost commercial use of major waterways in France and across Europe — reducing pollution by…

Paris: Where “Chinese” Now Means Money

Paris: Where “Chinese” Now Means Money

As Paris sales staff, deploying their best Mandarin, push overpriced luxury goods — some even made in China…

Bourré’s Gourmet Mushroom Secrets

Bourré’s Gourmet Mushroom Secrets

Where once there were hundreds of mushroom caves in France, today only 30 remain and the most successful…

Real Food Restaurants  – The Fightback Begins

Real Food Restaurants – The Fightback Begins

With two out of three French restaurants reported to be no more than food assembly lines — microwaving…

Map Shows Traffic Radars in South West France

Map Shows Traffic Radars in South West France

Summer is here and French highways and byways beckon but, as the Sudouest website warns, motorists should beware.…

Australian Army’s Single Bloodiest Day of War

Australian Army’s Single Bloodiest Day of War

What is described as “the single bloodiest day in the history of the Australian Army” and one of…

Paris: A Maze of Mushroom Caves

Paris: A Maze of Mushroom Caves

Behind the ubiquitous champignon de Paris found in street markets and greengrocers country-wide, lies a fascinating, cavernous and  capital tale, as Norman Ball…

French Hot-air balloon Festival sets New Records

French Hot-air balloon Festival sets New Records

A massive gathering of hot-air balloon enthusiasts in northeastern France has set two world records, filling the sky…

Tour the Eiffel with Google Museum View

Tour the Eiffel with Google Museum View

Google and its 360-degree Street View cameras have headed off to the Eiffel tower in Paris to capture…

Gite Owner in France? Tax Changes For You

Gite Owner in France? Tax Changes For You

Owners of Gites rented to thousands of national and foreign tourists across rural France each season could be…

California Challenges Cahors on 4th July

California Challenges Cahors on 4th July

Paul Bush, a Californian winery owner is preparing a cheeky challenge this 4th of July with a special celebratory tasting…

Poulenc, the Nuns and Place de la Nation

Poulenc, the Nuns and Place de la Nation

Francis Poulenc’s opera, Dialogues des Carmélites, written in 1956, depicts the death by guillotine of 16 Carmelite nuns during…

A WWII Photo Mystery – Dachau to Chicago

A WWII Photo Mystery – Dachau to Chicago

Bruce Sadler is a man on a mission — similar in some ways to that of his late…

French Pilots Union Concern Over Maintenance

French Pilots Union Concern Over Maintenance

The pan-European, Toulouse-based Airbus Industrie has an excellent safety record, but following a recent air safety incident, an Air France pilots’ union has expressed…

Les Halles and The Little Shards of Paris

Les Halles and The Little Shards of Paris

Les Halles in Paris, knocked down in the torpor of summer 41 years ago, was the foodies paradise…

Toulouse Conference Celebrates Canal du Midi

Toulouse Conference Celebrates Canal du Midi

Toulouse this summer hosts the 26th World Canals Conference in celebration of the 240km-long Canal du Midi, an…

Rocamadour Holds a 1000-Year Celebration

Rocamadour Holds a 1000-Year Celebration

Rocamadour, the second most visited tourist attraction in France, is celebrating a millennial in 2013 amid signs that…

A Paris Bridge That Might Have Been X-Rated

A Paris Bridge That Might Have Been X-Rated

This curiosity might have become the first X-rated bridge in Paris much to the chagrin of modern tourists…

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