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Property buying tours

Property buying tours

Bringing home a souvenir from France can now take on a whole new meaning with the launch of French property buying tours by a company run by Australians. Everything French Real Estate, the brainchild of Alex and Karen Petrovic, has announced it will be conducting small, personalised property tours throughout southwest France, with a particular [...]

Oui change: The sweet smell of success

Oui change: The sweet smell of success

Until recently, we hadn’t given an awful lot of thought to the infrastructure required to live in the country. Like most city dwellers we took the bits you can’t see for granted. But the sewerage system, or fosse septique, is an important and heavily regulated item in rural France. So when our electronically controlled station [...]

Of barges and Burgundy

Of barges and Burgundy

For former Sydney-sider Emma Hellowell, moving to France for love has resulted in a life spent between summertime barging and winter renovations in Burgundy. She shares her story with French Living How and why did you end up living in France? My love for the arts first brought me to France and the reason I [...]

Village to village

Village to village

For Susan Cutsforth, owning a farmhouse in France the stuff dreams are made of … most of the time Not many people in Australia can say they live in a village. Nor are many fortunate enough to own une petite maison on the other side of the world. We are lucky enough to lay claim [...]

Travel & Lifestyle

There’s no trumping Tahiti

There’s no trumping Tahiti

Michelle Hespe visits Tahiti and realises that nowhere else on earth comes close to creating as many magical moments as this French Polynesian island. Since visiting Tahiti, I’ve had to stop myself from becoming one of those people who travels somewhere new only to spend the whole time comparing it to a place they know [...]

24 hours in … Aix-en-Provence

24 hours in … Aix-en-Provence

Soaking up the sun and the sublime sounds of medieval Aix-en-Provence in festival season, Melissa Lesnie discovers a blend of rustic and refined that captivated two legendary painters. Aix-en-Provence has a serious noise pollution problem. From my fourth-floor window one balmy evening, the reverberating force of the incessantly pealing church bells mingles with delicate strains [...]

Riding high

Riding high

With helmet, lycra and cleats at the ready, Claire Chaffey finds a cycling paradise with a little something for everyone My lungs are about to explode. All I can hear is my own ragged breath and my heart thumping louder than a Dimitri from Paris baseline. I lift my head and see the steep curve [...]

French Living loves … Villa St Simon B&B, Blaye, Bordeaux

French Living loves … Villa St Simon B&B, Blaye, Bordeaux

By Alys Martin Like many Australian tourists wanting to experience the Bordeaux region, I found myself overwhelmed about where to begin. With over 10,000 chateaux, regions within regions, the complex wine vernacular and the ever-present fear of my language skills not being up to scratch, it was a delightfully pleasant relief to find the Villa [...]

French Language

La moitié d’une vie au Pays Basque

La moitié d’une vie au Pays Basque

Le Pays Basque, ou Euskadi, est un terroir de bois, de métal et de terre ainsi que la patrie d’une civilisation de 200,000 ans de “peuples premiers” Impregné d’humus et de vert, un ami australien lui donna le sobriquet de Dorrigo en France. Pierre Loti, homme de lettres et de voyages, le décrit comme son [...]

Les souvenirs du cinema/Silver screen memories

Les souvenirs du cinema/Silver screen memories

By Sophie Masson Version Francaise: De 1929 à 1933, mon grand-père paternel, Robert René Masson, surnommé ‘Bob’ par ses amis et ‘Papette’ par ses petits-enfants, a été cameraman pour la grande societé de cinéma française, Pathé Natan, à Paris. Le voilà, cameraman moustachu de 28 ans, dans une photo prise en 1932 sur le plateau [...]

Diary of a monolinguist

Diary of a monolinguist

Blessed with the ability to speak English like the native Australian she is, Amanda Watson thought she’d expand her repertoire and add some Gallic flare to her glaringly unilingual vocabulary It was one of those mortifying scenes: I was strolling around the Place du Pompidou trying unsuccessfully to find that fabulous crêperie I’d stumbled across [...]

Un Noël sous le soleil

Un Noël sous le soleil

Despite having spent almost a decade down under, Flore Gregorini still finds wonder and bemusement in an Aussie Christmas. Le Noël downunder est un produit exotique pour les français. En Australie, les fêtes de fin d’année ne se vivent pas emmitoufler au coin du feu mais plutôt à lézarder sur la plage … et on [...]

Food & Wine

Coming up rose

Coming up rose

French wine importer Craig Underhill puts on his rose-coloured glasses and examines the rise and rise of France’s pastel-hued wonder If you’ve been lucky enough to travel to France in recent years, and you like your food and wine, you’ll have noticed rosé. It’s everywhere. It seems that, especially over lunch—or anytime the mercury hits [...]

15 things you didn’t know about champagne

15 things you didn’t know about champagne

1. Australia recently edged out the Swiss to move to 7th largest export destination for champagne 2. 195 champagne producers export to Australia, but the five biggest producers supply more than two-thirds of our market 3. Le champagne is the wine that comes only from la Champagne (the rest is “sparkling wine”) 4. The average [...]

The Vin de Champagne Award: have you got what it takes?

The Vin de Champagne Award: have you got what it takes?

Lawyer and champagne connoisseur Matthew Stutsel was last year awarded the laureat amateur in the coveted Vin de Champagne Awards. He tells French Living about his experience and just what it takes to earn the title Australia and Champagne have a long and strong affinity. We’ve always ranked in the “top 10″ export destinations for [...]

The richest aroma

The richest aroma

Agnès Samour learns a thing or two about how the world’s most famous eau-de-vie is brought to life The smell of freshly baked bread, brioche and apricot is so irresistible that I could close my eyes and imagine myself in a bakery. Luckily, for my waistline, I am actually surrounded by oak barrels at Rémy [...]

News & Events

A bientot …

A bientot …

It is with great sadness that we have to tell the world that the print edition of French Living Magazine is no longer in production. After two fantastic years and many Francophile adventures, we are hanging up our berets and turning off the printing press. This was not a decision taken lightly but one which [...]

Aussie tucker charms Paris

Aussie tucker charms Paris

Situated between Canal St Martin and Boulevard de Magenta in Paris’ 10th arrondissement, Tuck Shop is one of the latest Aussie-influenced cafes to pop up in the French capital. The vegetarian café serves up specialty coffee, herbal teas, hearty lunches and sweet treats fresh every day. And, with a delectable menu boasting items like sponge [...]

100 years of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées puts its stamp on Paris

100 years of the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées puts its stamp on Paris

The Théâtre des Champs-Élysées had its first succès de scandale 100 years ago, just weeks after its 2 April inauguration, when the world premiere of Stravinsky’s ballet The Rite of Spring incited the most infamous punch-drunk riot in the history of classical music. In 2013, concert halls and theatres the world over are recreating that seismic moment, but the [...]

L’amour (in the colour of your choice)

L’amour (in the colour of your choice)

It’s the iconic symbol of l’amour in the most romantic city in the world. And lovers come from far and wide to pop the question atop this monumental phallus. Now, you can take a satisfying piece of Paris home with you, to do with it what you will … La Tour est Folle has released [...]

People & Culture

How To Dress Like A Parisian

How To Dress Like A Parisian

They’re the most stylish women in the world, so how can we emulate the grace of les belles Parisiennes? We all know who she is. That gorgeous creature, invariably French, who oozes style and charm and sass, as well as a certain je ne sais quoi that leaves both men and women in awe. She’s [...]

A long way for Longwy

A long way for Longwy

A rare artistic gem has found its way down under, with French artisan ceramics house Emaux de Longwy exhibiting and selling a limited collection in Australia next year. For those who haven’t heard of Emaux de Longwy, think stunning and unique works of art sought after for two centuries by everyone from French Emperors to [...]

Un verre avec … Marilhea Peillard

Un verre avec … Marilhea Peillard

After a chance meeting in a Parisian airport, Claire Chaffey spends a few days getting to know France’s next big thing in fashion. There’s no two ways about it: Marilhéa Peillard is absolutely stunning. D’une beauté éblouissante, éclatante, one would say. Standing at 180cm tall with olive skin, hazel eyes, long dark hair and a [...]

La présidence dans le boudoir

La présidence dans le boudoir

Les Français ne sont pas prêt d’avoir une femme président, mais ils aiment la force, le mordant et le glamour de leur première dame. Officiellement, la première dame n’a pas de rôle politique en France. Mais, elle ne laisse pas ce détail l’empêcher d’être un personnage central au caractère bien trempé, contrairement aux plus discrètes [...]

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Mythical, magical, maligned Marseille

Mythical, magical, maligned Marseille

| September 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Determined to push past its less-than-favourable reputation, Claire Chaffey finds a staggeringly underrated city oozing with charm, culture and natural beauty. Speak to any Frenchman and chances are they’ll have a horror story about Marseille. A stolen handbag, a mugged family member, a hijacked scooter or even a run-in with the mafia. There’s no doubt [...]

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French Living Garden Party

French Living Garden Party

| September 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Tickets for the inaugural French Living Garden Party, to be held in Sydney’s Hyde Park on 28 September 2013, are now on sale! Come along for an afternoon of French music (including the brilliant duo Baby et Lulu), food, wine and petanque. It will be the most Parisian afternoon you can find in Sydney! To [...]

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Trois soirées insolites à Paris

Trois soirées insolites à Paris

| September 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Melissa Lesnie seeks out three out-of-the-ordinary Parisian evenings of good music, good food and good company Quoi faire à Paris? You’ve done the Tour Eiffel and the Louvre to death; you’ve settled on a favourite salon de thé and a preferred crêperie; you’ve planted a kiss on the headstone of Serge Gainsbourg; you’ve reclined on [...]

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Diner en Blanc returns to Brisbane

Diner en Blanc returns to Brisbane

| August 13, 2013 | 0 Comments

The date for this year’s Brisbane Dîner en Blanc has been announced, with more than 2,500 guests expected to attend the elegant ‘pop-up’ white themed picnic imported from Paris on Saturday 31 August in a spectacular secret location. Tickets are on sale this week. Le Dîner en Blanc is returning to Brisbane after enormous success [...]

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Devil’s Advocate: Swiss v French

Devil’s Advocate: Swiss v French

| July 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

With Michael Stahl I am sometimes asked why my wife and I sent our children to a French school, given that none of us is actually French. One can’t honestly say it was the kids’ idea, because they started there at age three, in keeping with the French education system. I remember thinking that seemed [...]

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