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.

Collaboration versus resistance—alive, well and living in France

This week we celebrate the anniversary of the Liberation of Paris in August 1944. What have we learned in the 75 years since the Nazis were driven out of France?

Colette: “What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realised it sooner”

Scandals and sexual exploits: discover the secret life of the incredible Colette.

D-Day: Tiger to Trump

The 75th anniversary of D-Day: The beautiful coastline of Devon is packed with tourists every summer holiday season. In the spring of 1944 it was invaded by 30,000 American soldiers.

Crossing the Channel: in ways you might not expect

There are many ways to cross the Channel...but what about without transport?

Alsace: an unmissable French region

Alsace is a ravishingly beautiful region, with secrets to uncover...

Taking holy waters at Lourdes: faith or fiction?

Ray explores whether the holy waters of Lourdes offer a religious experience...or just exploitation.

Armistice day 2018: 100 years of forgetting

Forgetting to remember? Join us as we reflect on the 100 year anniversary of Armistice Day.

Down and out in Paris: Sebastian Melmoth

An insight into the controversial life and death of Sebastian Melmoth. A world-renowned author. Do you know him?...
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4 great one-day walks in France: top tips and short-cuts

France has some beautiful walking routes. Discover our top tips for completing them in just one day.

Paris dark days

The beast was impressed.‘It was the dream of my life to be permitted to see Paris,’ he said, after a tour of the city’s highlights. But who was the beast?