Traditions - General Info

Driving in France

Driving in France – A few basic tips

General rules for driving in France are similar to those of most western European countries, but we’ve compiled a series of basic reminders and tips about French specific safety rules

The Macarons de Paris differ from the Macarons de Saint-Emilion

Macarons de Saint-Emilion, an Italian recipe

Macarons de Saint-Emilion are biscuits made from crushed almonds, sugar and egg whites, an ancient recipe invented in Italy and improved by the Ursuline sisters of St-Emilion in 1620

Nougat de Montelimar with almonds and pistachios

Nougat de Montelimar, a French confectionery

The nougat de Montelimar is a honey and almond-based confectionery and renowned Provençal specialty that was invented in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) during the 10th century

Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs, a pagan tradition turned Christian

Easter Eggs, a Christian tradition that take its roots in paganism, when ancient people considered eggs as the symbol of renewal, life and fecundity

Violet of Toulouse

Violet of Toulouse, a fragrant flower from Parma

The Violet of Toulouse was imported from the Italian city of Parma in the middle of the 19th century and is today the official emblem of the capital of the Occitanie region

French Fries

French fries versus Belgian fries

You all know what French fries are, but do you know the origin of their name and the country they come from, France and Belgium?

Denim

Denim, invented in Italy and initially made in France

Denim, a heavy duty cotton based fabric initially produced in the Italian port of Genoa and later improved in the city of Nîmes in Southern France

Fleur de Lys - yellow iris

Fleur de Lys – French monarchy’s emblem

The Fleur de Lys, the official emblem of the kings of France from 1150 to 1830, is not a lily but a yellow iris represented in a stylized form

garden gnomes - nains de jardin

Garden gnomes – Nains de jardin – Fun facts

Garden gnomes – nains de jardin are among the most common so-called decorative items found in French gardens, loathed by most people, worshiped by a few

Feathered animals in French colloquialisms - diving duck

Feathered animals in French colloquialisms

Here is a series of the most common and entertaining French colloquialisms related to feathered animals, along with their English translations

French food markets

French food markets – colourful and lively

Our colorful and lively French food markets are highly popular with both locals and tourists, as they are major places of commercial and social exchanges

Weather related expressions - rainbow

Weather related expressions in Colloquial French

We have compiled a series of the most common and entertaining French colloquial expressions related to weather, along with their translations

Driving in France

Driving in France – A few basic tips

General rules for driving in France are similar to those of most western European countries, but we've compiled a series of basic reminders and tips about French specific safety rules
The Macarons de Paris differ from the Macarons de Saint-Emilion

Macarons de Saint-Emilion, an Italian recipe

Macarons de Saint-Emilion are biscuits made from crushed almonds, sugar and egg whites, an ancient recipe invented in Italy and improved by the Ursuline sisters of St-Emilion in 1620
Nougat de Montelimar with almonds and pistachios

Nougat de Montelimar, a French confectionery

The nougat de Montelimar is a honey and almond-based confectionery and renowned Provençal specialty that was invented in Mesopotamia (modern day Iraq) during the 10th century
Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs, a pagan tradition turned Christian

Easter Eggs, a Christian tradition that take its roots in paganism, when ancient people considered eggs as the symbol of renewal, life and fecundity

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