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.

Tour de France: Bums bare but masks on

Tour de France, Cap d'Adge and nudists impacted by COVID-19

William the Conqueror: going out with a bang

Most know about 'The Big Bang Theory' What about William's?

Grâce à Bordeaux: Cocaine, Canalé & Lamprey

How much do you know about these foodstuffs sourced from Bordeaux? You may be surprised

Bags of problems for Vuitton & Pétain

By 2012, LV was named the world's most valuable luxury brand, but it's been through troubled times

The French kiss!

As the coronavirus spreads across Europe, French citizens are ordered to stop kissing!

La France profonde: 4 must visit places - exploring rural France

Planning your next trip to France? Discover some of the best picks in places to visit off the beaten track

Sigmaringen: two lessons from a dark past

Except for the darker side Sigmaringen could almost have been designed by Walt Disney for one of his early movies.

Domestic Violence in France: Quel Scandale ! ( Not only France!)

The United Nations General Assembly has designated November 25 as the “International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women”


Heroes of WWII in France - Females all of them! - Part 1 - Violette Szabo

Violette was born in Paris in 1921. Her father was a publican, taxi-driver and car salesman from London. When her parents went back to Stockwell in England, Violette stayed on in Picardy with her aunt for financial reasons.