Yves Saint Laurent was a genius – a visionary who became a legend at an early age. Today his name graces a variety of products from luxurious cosmetics to high-end handbags. Knowing a bit about his background will enhance your visit to this excellent new museum. Early Yves Saint Laurent Saint Laurent’s career began with […]
My insomnia sparked the whole thing off. I listened to a radio programme in the wee small hours entitled ‘Absinthe Makes the Art Grow Fonder’. It told of madness, creative genius, smuggling, fairies, suicide and debauchery in le demi-monde of Montmartre in la Belle-Époque. Captivated, I set out to discover more. Until that point my […]
Banned for almost 100 years, believed to induce madness in those who drank it, absinthe is making a come back. Invented by a French doctor, the highly alcoholic drink has a colourful history. What is absinthe and where does it come from? A certain Dr. Ordinaire (you couldn’t make that up) fleeing the guillotines of the French […]
The beret – there’s nothing quite like it to define French-ness. The beret is an icon, a fashion accessory and a statement – it’s instantly recognisable as a symbol of France all over the world. You only have to see someone wearing one and you can’t help thinking of France and French flair. Of course […]
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The Can-Can dance was raucous and risqué, reaching its height of popularity in 1900 during the Belle Époque. Parisian cabarets promoted the dance and Jane Avril and La Goulue popularized it in the night clubs of Montmartre. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec depicted it in his famous painting, At the Moulin Rouge: The Dance. And, Jacques […]
We love the gorgeous gift boxes from Le Cadeau Francais. From the pretty oh-so-French packaging to the gorgeous goodies inside. They’re a perfect souvenir gift box of France for friends, family and for yourself! Alfred de Louvencourt is the creator of le Cadeau Francais (The French Gift). He lived in the UK and Brazil […]
Jules Verne is a world famous French author. Although he wrote his books many years ago we are constantly reminded of him in French towns and cities. You may noticed the beautiful hot air balloon, and other travel items from his books that often feature on the beautiful carousels… Jules Verne Most of us have […]