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26 things that happen every summer in France

1. Everything closes in August. As a newbie you might ask, “Pourquoi?” and have the reply, “Because it’s August.” Try countering this with the observation that August happens literally everywhere without closing an entire nation and then you will be ...

10 ways I got France completely wrong

Before moving to France, my attitude towards the country that is now my home was that – like ballroom dancing or candle-making – I didn’t have anything against it in theory, it just wasn’t something I was in a hurry ...

5 times the French were deeply unromantic

The French have a reputation for being great romantics, and tourists flock to France to experience this romance first hand. But alongside the hearts and flowers runs something darker, a certain cynicism about romance that’s absent in Anglo-Saxon countries. Their ...

10 things not to do in Paris on Valentine’s Day

Paris is one the world’s great romantic destinations which is why many people choose to spend Valentine’s Day here. But February isn’t necessarily the best time of year to visit a northern European city. To ensure that you make the ...