A dedicated Francophile’s perspective on all things French from an expat Aussie living in France. Ray's perspective is beyond the clichés, viewing the fascinating and often never-before-heard-of angles helping the reader gain a deeper understanding of the 'real' France. 'Perspectives' shares refreshing and sometimes shocking views of places, people, history, culture, gastronomy, and much, much more —you’ll never be underwhelmed.

The darker side to Bordeaux: France and the slave trade – from past to present

Discover the dark history of Bordeaux and its historical links to the notorious slave trade.
 Bordeaux, France

Napoleon: a tale of life and death – the unkindest cut

Myth or reality? Propaganda or truth? Join us as we explore the story behind Napoleon's dismembered body part.

International relations: Anglo-French alliance WWII to Brexit — the end of the affaire?

Explore international relations between France and the UK, and discover the Anglo-French alliance from WWII until the present.

Cultural differences debate: France, the UK, and the bidet - top 4

Join us as we explore 4 key cultural differences between France and the UK, with a focus on the bidet.

Simone de Beauvoir: women of the world – only 217 years to go

With gender inequality making headlines worldwide, we take a look back at Simone de Beauvoir's 'The Second Sex'.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry: The life and art of ‘The Little Prince’

Join us as we explore his best-selling literary masterpiece 'Le petit prince'.

Mézin: exploring a medieval metropolis in rural France

Mézin is a historical and cultural oasis — join us as we explore the beauty and intrigue of this medieval village.

André Guitat: Burgundy – good & bad years

Read of the courageous life of André Guitat during WW2. Prisoner, hero, saviour and survivor! Lest we forget.

World War I: the war to end all wars?

At 11am, 11 November we observe 2 mins silence in remembrance of The Glorious Dead from the Great War: Armistice Day

Joan of Arc: burnt at the stake for wearing the trousers

Who was Joan of Arc? Brush up on key life events and explore her role as a medieval feminist in fifteenth century France.