Category: Things about France that surprised me

Things about France that surprised me: Speedos!

In many part of the world Speedos are now regarded as a bit of a joke or at least out dated – in France they are compulsory. The skimpy male swimwear item – also known as a budgie-smuggler or a banana-hammock – has been… Continue Reading “Things about France that surprised me: Speedos!”

Napoleon Bonaparte on the French Riviera

Napoleon was forced to abdicate in 1814 and exiled to the Mediterranean island of Elba. He’d been living there for a year when he found out he was to be banished to an island in the Atlantic Ocean and so decided to escape. Only… Continue Reading “Napoleon Bonaparte on the French Riviera”

Things about France that surprised me: not necessarily a fan of Napoleon

He’s one of the world’s most famous Frenchmen, but France is divided over whether the 200th anniversary of the death of Napoleon Bonaparte tomorrow should be marked in any way. Here’s why. Tomorrow 5 May 2021 marks the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death on… Continue Reading “Things about France that surprised me: not necessarily a fan of Napoleon”

France’s Pantie Protest

You may be surprised to learn that the French prime minister is receiving ladies’ underwear in the post. This might be all in a day’s work for rock musicians and movie stars, but why is France’s prime minister also getting them? French prime minister… Continue Reading “France’s Pantie Protest”

Things about France that surprised me: French Tacos!

You may recall that I’m a big fan of Mexican food. So imagine my delight when I found a Taco restaurant in Nice. Then, imagine my disappointment when I discovered French Tacos have as much to do with the taco as fish fingers have… Continue Reading “Things about France that surprised me: French Tacos!”

Things about France that surprised me: love of Nutella

I’ve already discussed the surpising French love of le hamburger and pizza. This week I’m sticking with the (Easter) chocolate theme and (frankly) milking it for all it’s worth! Surprisingly there’s nothing France loves more than Nutella – at least according to a 2020… Continue Reading “Things about France that surprised me: love of Nutella”