• Spring in France – le printemps en France

    Blooming apple trees, new green leaves covering the trees, spring flowers in full bloom in the gardens, fields and forests… this explosion of new life tells us that spring is in the air! Featured image: © French Moments

  • Monuments and Sites of France

    Where is Mont-Saint-Michel located? In which region is the fantastic site of Rocamadour situated? What is the name of this grand palace near Paris re-designed by Louis XIV which also houses the fantastic Hall of Mirrors (Galerie des Glaces). These are some of the questions you will be challenged with! Let’s see how well you know the monuments and [...]

  • Top 10 France’s tallest cathedrals and churches

    Here is the Top 10 of France’s tallest cathedrals and churches. Nine out of ten sanctuaries are found in the North of France, except for one in Bordeaux. All churches and cathedrals reach a height of more than 100 metres. The list is followed by more than 30 other buildings. In the top 45, only [...]

  • May Day in France – la Fête du Travail

    Lily of the valley is commonly known as ‘muguet’ in French. It is a woodland plant found in the cool temperate parts of France. The flowering stems are easily recognisable with its two leaves. The sweetly scented white flowers are bell-shaped and grow in late spring, around the end of April and beginning of May [...]

  • Dordogne Valley in Périgord Noir

    From Souillac to Trémolat, the Dordogne Valley flows through the region of Périgord Noir. Along the peaceful, scenic roads set along the shores of the Dordogne River are charming old Périgordian villages, peaceful gardens and remarkable views to discover. The stars of the region are definitely the looming castles which witnessed conflicts and battles such as the [...]

  • Chartres Cathedral

    Located 80 kilometres south west of Paris, Chartres Cathedral is considered as the most representative, complete and best preserved of all Gothic cathedrals of France. The cathedral builders have indeed built in Chartres a unique building in the world, entirely designed according to the architectural style of its time, yet distinguished by its originality: Chartres [...]

  • Top 10 Most Visited Sites and Monuments in France

    The Top 10 of the most visited attractions in France in 2011 puts Paris at the top end of the scale. The list includes the number of paid admissions entrances to French sites, museums and monuments. It does not include free admission sites such as Notre-Dame in Paris and the Gothic cathedrals of France, the [...]

  • The formidable story behind the French croissant

    France is known for its “croissants”. It is up there with the Eiffel Tower and beret as a French icon. Here in Sydney, most people know that the croissant is a true French delicacy and it is loved in all its forms: plain croissant, chocolate croissant (“pain au chocolat” in France), almond croissant, ham and [...]

  • Easter traditions in France – Pâques en France

    Easter in France is considered as the most important Christian celebration of the year. It commemorates the resurrection of Jesus Christ on the third day after his crucifixion on Good Friday and marks the end of the fasting period of Lent. Find out more about spring in France here. Featured image: The Easter Bell © French [...]

  • It’s time to learn French!

    A honorable New Year resolution could be to learn French. For those of you who live in Sydney, Australia, this is your opportunity to do so with our partner “French in Sydney“. Their classes dates for Term 1 2014 have been released and are open to enrolment which you can do online. French in Sydney [...]

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