In this blog I’ll be sharing observations about life in France, especially on the French Riviera. I enjoy searching out the history and folklore of the area – and writing about them as well. I hope they will interest you as much as they do me.

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Victor Hugo and the Joker

  When you think of French writer, Victor Hugo, you probably think of his classic works, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Notre Dame de Paris) or Les Miserable. […]

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Berets, Onions, and Stereotypes

  Berets and Onions In the mid 1900s, if you had asked nearly any British person what a Frenchman looked like, you would have gotten this description: He […]

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Crazy Calendar of a Revolutionary Republic

The French Revolutionaries weren’t content with just changing their government. They wanted to change everything – even how they kept track of time. The Calendar Committee The old Gregorian […]

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The Provence Christmas Story

  You may know the traditional Biblical Christmas story, but in Provence, there is a bit more to it. The Provence Christmas story is told in a Nativity […]

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The Mistral of Provence

The Master Wind Provence claims thirty-two different winds, but the mistral, that strong, cold wind that roars down the Rhone Valley from Lyon to Marseille, is master of […]

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Five Riviera Cocteau Treasures

Jean Cocteau was truly a multi-talented artist. He considered himself a poet, but he was also a novelist, playwright, film director, set designer, painter, and ceramicist – a […]

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Bob was a Woman of Many Talents

  In Paris in 1902, young Dr. Marcile was head-over-heels in love. The young lady who was the object of his affection loved him too, but her parents […]

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God Save the Royal Derriere

Queen Elizabeth II is now officially the longest reigning monarch in British history. The 89 year old Queen has broken the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen…

Cat Cafés and Why Cats Purr

Have you heard of cat cafés? No, they are not where cats go to have their morning coffee and read the newspaper. They are for us humans,…

Mistletoe and a Flying Donkey

Mistletoe in French is called gui (rhymes with the first part of geese). This ball of vegetation that grows high in the trees has been considered magical since ancient days […]

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