Category: Lifestyle

French fancies: Lacaton & Vassal

This week’s post isn’t about a company, it’s a partnership.  A French partnership recognised as Champions of the  ‘transform and reuse’ movement who have won architecture’s Nobel prize. Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal have been awarded the Pritzker Prize 2021 for their ‘restorative architecture.’… Continue Reading “French fancies: Lacaton & Vassal”

Here we go again………

Parts of northern France but also the south-east whete I live will go back into full lockdown from midnight today to battle spiralling Covid-19 infection rates. The départements are mainly in northern France and the Paris region where Covid-19 infections have been surging in… Continue Reading “Here we go again………”

French fancies: Longchamp

Today I turn my attention to family-run Longchamp, best known for its iconic Le Pliage bag, of which I have far too many to mention! The company’s origins It’s a curious fact that the renowned French luxury leather goods company Longchamp began as a… Continue Reading “French fancies: Longchamp”

French Fancies: La Chambre aux Confitures

This is a brand I discovered some time ago when we were staying in Le Marais in Paris. My beloved wanted some jam to go on his breakfast croissants and the shop was just around the corner. There’s also a shop in Aix-en-Provence –… Continue Reading “French Fancies: La Chambre aux Confitures”

French Fancies: Typology

This is where I tell you all about some of my and my beloved’s favourite French brands. This week I’m looking at a relative newcomer. Indeed, the company only recently celebrated its second birthday. Established by Ning Li, co-founder of Made.com, Typology is a… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Typology”

Further Lockdown Measures

While my beloved and I have been playing by the rules, evidently some of the local residents have not and, thanks to them, the lockdown measures have been increased! Nice and the surrounding area along the Riviera from Menton to Théole-sur-Mer (see map below)… Continue Reading “Further Lockdown Measures”

French Fancies: Picard

If you’ve spent any time in France, you’ve most likely seen a Picard frozen food store. Officially called Picard Surgelés, it’s France’s leading frozen foods specialist (1,000+ products) and one that I’ve wholly embraced. I particularly love their frozen organic prawns and Canadian lobster.… Continue Reading “French Fancies: Picard”

The House where Pierre lived

Today I’m looking at a French Riviera icon. Nothing else quite compares to the Palais Bulles. The “Bubble Palace,” as it’s known, is quite probably the most extravagant, eccentric and eclectic home down here. Set in Théoule-sur-Mer near Cannes, it was built in 1975… Continue Reading “The House where Pierre lived”

A Year of Covid in France

How time flies! It’s now just over a year since an 80-year-old Chinese tourist died in a hospital in Paris, and achieved the grim distinction of being the first Covid-19 fatality in Europe. Here’s what happened over the following 12 months. The man had… Continue Reading “A Year of Covid in France”

French fancies: Vilebrequin

My beloved husband loves this brand of French swimwear, it’s his go to for swim shorts and has been buying them since the late 90s. I have lost count of how many pairs he possesses but he’ll typically buy at least one new pair… Continue Reading “French fancies: Vilebrequin”