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The Pyrenean Village With A Rich Language That’s Whistled Rather Than Spoken

The Pyrenean Village With A Rich Language That’s Whistled Rather Than Spoken

For centuries, the inhabitants of Aas, a tiny Pyrenean village in the Ossau valley spoke to each other by whistling and in the process evolved a rich language now being revived at nearby Pau University, and in some local primary schools and colleges. Located on the flanks of the Green Mountain and near the GR […]

When the French Skytrain Was the Epitome of Highspeed Commuter Travel

When the French Skytrain Was the Epitome of Highspeed Commuter Travel

As hyperloops or vacuum tube travel – currently highspeed travel geek buzzwords – move to usurp TGVs and similar trains, a certain nostalgia haunts a…

A Scrappy End to Pledges of Love? See Where the Love Locked to Paris Bridges Went

A Scrappy End to Pledges of Love? See Where the Love Locked to Paris Bridges Went

Does this photo portray the final ignoble end — an ironmongers scrapyard — of the Parisian love locks fad that saw millions locking undying love to…

Parking Fines Set to Soar Across France – Try a Bike (or an App)

Parking Fines Set to Soar Across France – Try a Bike (or an App)

Bad news for city motorists who turn a blind eye rather than feed the ubiquitous French horodateur or parking meter … from next Autumn fines…

November 11: A Moving Search for A Great Uncle Lost Ahead of the Battle of the Somme

November 11: A Moving Search for A Great Uncle Lost Ahead of the Battle of the Somme

“At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.” Toronto writer Philippa Campsie sets out to find how her…

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US Activist Spurs on Threatened Tourism Boycott of France over Bullfighting Traditions

US Activist Spurs on Threatened Tourism Boycott of France over Bullfighting Traditions

A small group of anti bull fighting activists who invaded the arena and attempted to sabotage the last bull…

Telling Your Stories or Walking Through History: A New Way to Capture and Experience France

Telling Your Stories or Walking Through History: A New Way to Capture and Experience France

Summer is ablaze in France bringing out thousands of travellers keen to tap into its remarkable history and culture. Might their travels be enriched by a little…

The Canadian Artist and her Parrot Who Wanted “Every Moment of Paris for Art…”

The Canadian Artist and her Parrot Who Wanted “Every Moment of Paris for Art…”

Emily Carr arrived in Paris in the autumn of 1910 from Canada’s West Coast not to learn French, for which…

Daring Raid Sees ‘Kidnapped’ Brittany Ferry Freed By Chairman and his Farming Friends

Daring Raid Sees ‘Kidnapped’ Brittany Ferry Freed By Chairman and his Farming Friends

A Brittany Ferries vessel blocked since Wednesday in Ouistreham harbour (Calvados) by striking ferry-company-employed dockers has been “liberated”…

Walking a Lot? Dally a While in Some of those Design Classics  – the Public Chairs of Paris

Walking a Lot? Dally a While in Some of those Design Classics – the Public Chairs of Paris

Parisian chairs — those in the public space especially — come in myriad shapes and sizes. Some indeed are even design…

Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake, Baker man, Bake that Grasse Boulangerie Cake With Care

Pat-a-cake, Pat-a-cake, Baker man, Bake that Grasse Boulangerie Cake With Care

Grasse baker Yannick Tavolaro is enjoying an unexpected sales boom –plus waves of social media and customer support —…

Epicurean Dining as — Escoffier-style — 1000 Chefs Serve Up French Menus World-Wide

Epicurean Dining as — Escoffier-style — 1000 Chefs Serve Up French Menus World-Wide

In the style of Auguste Escoffier and his “Diners d’Epicure” — Epicurean Dinners — showcasing prestigious French cuisine…

Plea to Valentine Visitors: Respect Paris Heritage Bridges and Stop Love Locking Them

Plea to Valentine Visitors: Respect Paris Heritage Bridges and Stop Love Locking Them

Paying Paris a visit for St Valentine’s Day this year? Thousands do of course thanks to the eternal…

Parisian Pigeons May Be a Plague to Some but They Once Saved the Capital from Prussians

Parisian Pigeons May Be a Plague to Some but They Once Saved the Capital from Prussians

Parisian bird-life has a long and multifaceted history embracing such intriguing aspects as the street celebrities — known as Charmeurs d’oiseaux in the Tuileries — to the ballooning pigeons which helped…

Les Petits Métiers: Yesterday There Were Shoelace Sellers, Today There are Food Truck Traders

Les Petits Métiers: Yesterday There Were Shoelace Sellers, Today There are Food Truck Traders

Life on the margins in the Paris of a 100 years ago was, for many, a daily street-lived challenge: shoelace…

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…

The Good Life? Maybe But the Tresor Public Doesn’t Take Eggs As a Tax Payment

The Good Life? Maybe But the Tresor Public Doesn’t Take Eggs As a Tax Payment

Becoming self-sufficient in these troubled times is a laudable aspiration – and a dream for many burying themselves…

Wine Lover Without Means? Tipple Romanée-Conti At This Serious About Sipping Boutique

Wine Lover Without Means? Tipple Romanée-Conti At This Serious About Sipping Boutique

If you’re a wine buff — and who isn’t when it comes to Romanée-Conti the world’s most exclusive…

Is Bordeaux Bottling Trouble? China, Taiwan and Hong Kong Investors Under Spotlight

Is Bordeaux Bottling Trouble? China, Taiwan and Hong Kong Investors Under Spotlight

Since 2011 several high net worth Chinese investors have invested lavishly in acquiring top Bordeaux wine chateaux. But now that China’s…

French Prosecutor Opens Inquiry Into Alleged ‘Abuses’ Involving Scientology

French Prosecutor Opens Inquiry Into Alleged ‘Abuses’ Involving Scientology

A French prosecutor in Versailles has launched an investigation into the Church of Scientology over allegations of “bullying” and…

El Desperados, French Flocking to the Last Chance Saloon in Barcelona

El Desperados, French Flocking to the Last Chance Saloon in Barcelona

 El Desperados is what a young Barcelona entrepreneur calls his clients, the dozens of desperate French job seekers…

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…

Catering to Connoisseurs: The Paris Louvre has a Rival … the Louvre of the Vine at Marseillan

Catering to Connoisseurs: The Paris Louvre has a Rival … the Louvre of the Vine at Marseillan

While the Louvre in Paris houses many of the most famous artworks in the world an equally important…

Paris Craftsman Swops the Logo for Bespoke Customised Millinery

Paris Craftsman Swops the Logo for Bespoke Customised Millinery

Bags with logos too last century for Paris craftsman (via AFP) There’s something missing from the handbags that…

Prize Normandy Cattle Enjoy Classical Music, Massage and Apple Cider Tipple

Prize Normandy Cattle Enjoy Classical Music, Massage and Apple Cider Tipple

Villequier (France) (AFP) 4/2/2014 4:48:11 AM Prize Normandy cattle enjoy cider tipple (via AFP) A bottle of cider…

Well-Known It May Be But This Song is Not So Gentille For The Alouette

Well-Known It May Be But This Song is Not So Gentille For The Alouette

Among non-French speakers Alouette gentille alouette is probably one of the best known of all French songs and…

French Gender Theory Row – Real or Rumour?

French Gender Theory Row – Real or Rumour?

Much heat and anger has emerged in France over reports, some say rumours, that a controversial 1980s U.S. academic…

Crisis What Crisis Try A €1200 Curnonsky Menu

Crisis What Crisis Try A €1200 Curnonsky Menu

Until his death in 1956 Curnonsky known as the ‘Prince of Gastronomes,’ was hailed with reverence and awe by…

Dumps Mistress before France Dumps Him?

Dumps Mistress before France Dumps Him?

The French president has finally dumped his widely-disliked partner Valerie Trierweiler just hours ahead of a nationwide “Day…

Dairy Farmer and the 1000-Cow Nightmare

Dairy Farmer and the 1000-Cow Nightmare

France’s 349th richest man, Michel Ramery is determined to turn his planned 11 million euro, 1000-cow dairy farm…

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