Word of the Week: poisson d’avril

Last Saturday (1st April) was April Fools’ Day, the one day where trickery, mischief and the art of pulling off the most creative prank possible is celebrated.  So in honour of April 1st (and to show my solidarity for any unsuspecting April Fools who put up with any practical jokes at their expense), here’s a…

5 French books you must read!

As it was World Book Day last week, it seems timely to write a post on French literature, so I’ve put together a guide here to French books that you must read.  All of the books mentioned here can be found on US and UK Amazon (and of course French Amazon) and in good bookshops. …

Monthly French finds: February 2017 

Welcome to my new series of posts, where each month I’ll be sharing my favourite French discoveries, from films and books to musicians and (of course) anything and everything food-related.  Hope you enjoy reading! 🙂 1. Institut Français  My cousin bought me membership last Christmas for the Institut Français in London, which is a French…

5 reasons to join the Institut Français! 

I recently visited the Institut Français for a screening of the French political thriller Spin and a Q&A with the main actor Grégory Fitoussi, which you can read all about here.  I didn’t actually know about the Institut Français until a few months ago, but got the chance to make the most out of it when…

4 reasons to watch French political thriller Spin 

Last night, I went to the Institut Français in London to a screening of the first episode of series 3 of Spin, a French political thriller (and a Q&A with one of the main actors, Grégory Fitoussi!!)    Known as Les Hommes de l’Ombre (‘the shadow men’) in France, the show focuses on the murky world…

6 reasons to visit the France Show 

I went along to the France Show, an annual exhibition all about French culture, food, property and language, this weekend. Here are six reasons why it’s a fantastic day out, and why if you’ve been been before, you must visit next year! 1. Food and wine  Definitely one of the most important reasons, for me!…

7 fantastic covers of classic French songs that you must listen to

Yes, classic French songs are still hugely popular. So popular, in fact, that they’re still being covered by current artists in France and abroad.  But the question is: do you have a favourite cover version? Or is the original still the best? Here are a few of my favourite cover versions…. 🎵 1. Dis, quand…

Perfect Paris playlist

Two and a half years after last being in Paris for my year abroad at university, I’ve come back for a few days to the ‘City of Light’ or, as Parisians call it, ‘Paname’. During my year abroad, which you can read more about here, I found out about the singer Jacques Brel, and duly raided…

Christmas presents for Francophiles

As the calendar edges ever closer to Christmas, have you experienced any of the following: 1. hope that the NHS will soon add mince pies and Christmas pudding to its ‘five a day’ list 2. eternal respect for anyone who knows how to cook the perfect turkey/sprouts/bread sauce 3. queasiness at the thought of starting…

Bookworms’ Corner: En Attendant Bojangles review

When I was in London a couple of months ago, I couldn’t resist popping into Foyles on Charing Cross Road to while away some time browsing their books. Along with Selfridges, Foyles is a place that I could quite happily set up home in. Whenever I watch Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Audrey Hepburn’s character Holly…

A La Télé: Disparue review (episodes 7 & 8)

In the time that’s passed between my last review of Disparue and this one, to say that quite a lot has happened would be a bit of an understatement. Just in the world of sport, it’s been a fairly packed couple of weeks. To give you a brief round-up … The England football squad have…

Best current French-language musicians

You could say that French music has had a bad press over the years. It doesn’t help that a huge chunk of the world now listens to British and American music, or to musicians who sing only in English. Quel dommage.  So perhaps there isn’t much of an appetite for songs sung in French …. or…