How long do you keep paperwork for ?

How long do you keep paperwork for ?

As you might have found out in France, we love paperwork! Well, French people do not like it, but it would seem that our government and civil servants do…. And maybe insurance companies, banks, etc do as well! But fear no more! If you are fed up with filing, you can...
La chandeleur

La chandeleur

After the “galette des rois” in January, we have the “crêpes” (pancakes) of February!! Needless to say that if you have taken a New year resolution such as losing weight, January and February in France are not helping!! The Chandeleur which means the candle feast is...
La Galette des rois

La Galette des rois

In January, you will see a lot of pastry cakes called “galette des rois” in bakeries and supermarket. It is a pastry dessert eaten on the 6th of Jnauary to celebrate the visit of the 3 wise men (3 kings in French) to the divine enfant “Jesus” (Epithany). But as French...
La Toussaint

La Toussaint

The 1st November is All Saints day, and it’s a bank holiday. The 2nd of November is the day of the dead. To celebrate all Saints day, French people put Chrysanthéme flowers (Chrysanthemum flower) on the tomb of their loved ones that have passed away. This tradition...
French regions

French regions

It might not come to you as a surprise but this was first set up in 1789 after the Revolution by the parliament created by revolutionists. There are 101 departements in France grouped inside 18 regions in France and abroad. Funny enough, they pretty much have kept the...
Wild rubbishes

Wild rubbishes

In 2018, it is estimated that 520 000 tons of rubbish have been deposited in the wild, the equivalent to 52 Eiffel towers!! And this is on the increase!! It represents 21kg of rubbishes per inhabitant per year. This is highly uncivilised when you consider all the...
Road traffic Accident: What to do!

Road traffic Accident: What to do!

Although it is not the funniest thing to talk about, you must know what to do in case of a car accident. It is better to look at it when you are calm and composed instead than finding out what to do after an accident when you stressed out and shocked. If you have an...
Bank holidays

Bank holidays

The Month of May in France is famous for bank holidays!! So what a good oportunity for me to enumerate them all and how they work compare to Great Britain. First of all, we have more than you BUT if it falls on a Sunday, tough luck!! We don’t have “in lieu”. And in...
January 2022 newsletter

January 2022 newsletter

In this issue: ♦ Isabelle Want ‘s article of the Month ♦ Product of the Month ♦ Covid 19 Information & Agenda for January ♦ This month’s recipe & Living in France ♦ Professional of the Month ♦ What happened in France in December ♦ Some French vocabulary...