Bastille Day, July 14, is the French National Day. Formally called La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration), it commemorates the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789. For Ruth and I, it is an easy date to remember, as it is our wedding anniversary, and it is primarily a […]
Etcetera is about all those other things, the bits and pieces that don't fit easily into our main categories, but are still a vital part of our experience in France. They are the quirky, humorous, unusual and not too serious stories that often go untold. They are the extras that we find interesting about people, animals, sport, cars, travel, shopping, nature, industry, politics, etc. etc.etc.
Getting sick while holidaying in France is not something you would wish on anyone. But, if you do happen to get sick, then La Passerelle des Corton is a good place for it to occur. La Passerelle des Corton is an idyllic bed and breakfast nestled among Premier Cru vineyards, […]
The year 2015 will always be etched in our minds as the year terror came to Paris. Between the Charlie Hebdo shootings in January and the horrific murders of last Friday, Ruth and I managed our annual pilgrimage to France, fortuitously escaping the terror of both events. As a Psychologist, […]
I used to think that Australia had its fair share of militant unions until I read about French taxi drivers. Australian taxi drivers pale in comparison, except perhaps for four Melbourne taxi drivers who recently assaulted a politician for proposing changes to the Victorian taxi licensing system. Over the years, […]
In Australia, we traditionally celebrate the New Year with fireworks. The French, however, celebrate the New Year with a different kind of fireworks: car torching. French Interior Minister, Manuel Valls, indicated that on New Years Eve 2014, only 1,067 cars were torched across France. 10% down on the previous year. […]
Preparations are pretty much under control when it comes to departing Australia for France each year. They have become second nature. After all, we have done the same thing now for many years. However, one thing that we never get used to is saying goodbye to our two golden retrievers. [...]