Nimes’ amphitheatre is still as sturdy as the day it was built: Built at the end of the first century AD, Nîmes’ amphitheatre, Les Arènes, was built from stone and designed mainly to cater for the battles of gladiators. Les Arènes may not be the largest amphitheatre of the Roman Empire but it is one […]
Maison Carrée is neither Square nor a House: Right in the center of Nîmes is a magnificent little Roman temple, believed to be one of the most famous and best-preserved temples of the Roman world. Its name Maison Carrée suggests a Square House, but this building is neither square nor a house. Maison Carrée is […]
Saint-Valentin named after the Patron Saint of Lovers: Deep in the heart of Champagne Berrichonne, in the Indre department, is the little village of Saint-Valentin which happens to be the only village in France carrying the name of the Patron Saint of Lovers. With their village sharing the name of the Patron Saint of Lovers, […]
Learn Pastry and Dessert making from a French master chef: Paris’ patisseries are world famous and some like Ladurée, La Maison Stohrer and Angelina’s are Parisian institutions. Life’s Sweet in Paris – walk around the city and you’ll see patisseries overflowing with the most tempting sweet treats. Dessert connoisseurs don’t seem to mind waiting in […]
From Rotterdam to Paris Champs-Élysées: The 97th Tour de France will start from Rotterdam on Saturday July 3rd and finish on the Champs-Élysées in Paris on Sunday, July 25th, 2010. This year’s race will be made up of 1 prologue and 20 stages covering a distance of 3,600 kilometres. Race Stage Profiles 1 prologue 9 […]
Metric Weights and Measures and Conversions Units legally used in business in France How to convert the metric system of weights and measures into their Imperial equivalents and vice versa In general, weights & measures in France and the Continent are metric. Credit for originating the metric system is usually given to Gabriel Mouton, a […]
A property in France can be a good investment Whether your dream is a farm or cottage in the Dordogne, a South of France villa or a beachfront property in Provence, the question of buying or renting is always the first question to be considered. Taking down the “For Sale” sign is easy, but buying […]
House, Business or Mobile (Cell) Phone Numbers in France Finding a French phone number (or "Numéro Téléphone France"), whether for someone’s house or business, is easy if you read French or have the Google tool bar to do the translation, as the major French telephone directories don’t use English. All French phone numbers are ten […]
One of the best ways to see Paris’ bridges is on a Seine River Cruise. Not only do you get to sail under the bridges, but you also get close enough to look at any interesting features, some of which can only be seen from the water.
The town of Aix-en-Provence has an interesting Christmas festival. Each year in December, the Festival of New Oil takes place to celebrate the season’s new olive oil and fresh truffles.