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.

In search of Rousseau's 'noble savage'

Did Jean-Jacques Rousseau and his idea of the noble savage boost French exploration in the 1700s?

World War II: French doctors, English nurses and three grumpy old men

A very grumpy French leader & the historical victory of World War II: VE Day
 Paris, France

Jean Moulin: France's hero? Unravelling fact from fiction

Who was Jean Moulin? And was he really one of the great heroes of the French Resistance?

They left their blood in France: Tasmania's fallen soldiers of the Great War

Nearly 3000 Tasmanian soldiers died in the Great War. They are remembered at Soldiers' Memorial Ave.

Portrait of a hero: the story of French war prisoner Jacques Chantre

From corn fields to concentration camps, Jacques Chantre’s nightmare began at the age of 23.

Travels in the Cevennes: le chemin de Stevenson (without the donkey)

Join me to trace the steps of the legendary writer on le chemin de Stevenson and discover his story

Les Crottes, Gorges de l’Ardèche: sublime scenery – horrifying history

A visit to Les Crottes prompts thought on the nature of reconciliation after the horrors of war

Advice from a Melbourne pub: visit the fabulous flower show in Fourcès

The best travel advice comes in unexpected places, in this case, overheard in a pub!

Advice from a Melbourne pub: France for Christmas – leave the stockings at home

Don't be the turkey this year! I overheard some great advice on spending Christmas in France
 Melbourne, France

What on earth is a 'pigeonnier'? All you need to know from the Revolution to today

‘Pigeonniers’: what are these intriguing architectural structures? Find out all you need to know.