Have you ever wondered what house sitting or pet minding in France is like? House sitting is popular among Francophiles who want to live like a local while minding an empty house or taking care of pets. It is a cost effective way of travelling with the main cost of accommodation being free. Lodging, the use of a car and sometimes food is part of the arrangement.
My Good Life In France: Book Review
Janine Marsh’s book ‘My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream’ is a true account of one woman finding her place as “a successful expat in France”.
Janine introduces us to her story in the early pages by setting out the three distinct categories that she feels expats fall into. There are “the Retirees, the Escapees and the Lifestyle Changees”. Of this last group many are just a little bit mad, often leaving a comfortable life at home surrounded by jobs, family and friends to start up new lives often with no jobs, no family and possibly only the hint of a new career. Janine puts herself firmly in this last group and openly admits that she may be a bit mad also.
Too Much Loo Paper: The Funnier Side of French Life
Do you run out of toilet paper at your home? We do. That is, we do at home in Australia but not at home in France. In fact, in France we have way too much loo paper. Why this anomaly you are wondering?
Well, it all started nine years ago. Yep, that’s right we have had too much loo paper for nine years in France!
I’ll fill in the details because this incredible excess stemmed from actually being highly organised people, not weird toilet paper collectors! When we purchased our house in France we thought we would rent it out and offset a few of the expenses so on our first trip to take ownership of the house we also fitted it out ready for short-term rental guests.
Châteaugiron et Châtelaudren: Petite Cité de Caractère de Bretagne
Do you love France and her small towns that overflow with colourful flower boxes, narrow cobblestone streets and quaint half-timbered homes?
Well you are not alone. France welcomed over 89 million visitors in 2017 and many of these tourists head into the countryside to experience the history, architecture and cuisine of her numerous smaller towns and villages. Some rural and urban towns with a strong history and heritage in Brittany are part of the Petite Cité de Caractère de Bretagne Association (Small Towns of Character).
Small Towns of Character in Brittany
In this installment of our series we look at two towns with similar names. In France there are many places with very similar names and it’s often only the difference of a couple of letters that denotes one place from another.
Bringing French Style Into Everyday Life
A wonderful guest post by creator, writer and certified Style Coach, Janelle Gould from the popular blog Distant Francophile. Janelle personifies elegance and style and shares her tips with us today…
Hello busy francophiles! My name is Janelle. I believe that women everywhere can bring French style and inspiration into their life, no matter where they happen to live in the world. And I’m very pleased to meet you all.
The francophile bit was a given. Readers of A French Collection are clearly discerning lovers of all things related to France.
What a very French weekend it has been with Bastille Day (le Fête nationale) celebrations followed by the winning of the FIFA World Cup by Les Bleus (The Blues). I can’t imagine a bigger weekend of French celebrations can you?