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.

Occupied territory: France under the jackboot

We take a moment to remember the dark years endured by the country despite the jokes about the French role in the war.

Perspectives: a celebration of France — from a dedicated Francophile

84 refreshing & sometimes shocking views of places, people, history, culture, gastronomy —you’ll never be underwhelmed.

Secrets of the Vercors

A stunningly attractive regional park just to the west of Grenoble. A vast, high plateau of deep ravines, craggy cliffs, and dark forests. Many of the villages are perched on rocky outcrops with amazing views.

When Paris went bananas—Part 2

Josephine Baker - Back in France, everything changed when World War II broke out in 1939.

When Paris went bananas—Part 1

Josephine Baker at only 19 sailed to Paris on a new venture and opened in 'La Revue Nègre' at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées.

A Tale of 3 Pandemics

Looking for the light at the end of the tunnel...a tale of 3 Pandemics

A Brexit Roundup

Even in Shakespeare’s day, the English Channel was considered a moat, protecting England “Against the envy of less happier lands”.

Escoffier and Melba: Chef of Kings meets Queen of Divas

15 years & 16,000+km apart, two stars were born. Chef of Kings and Queen of Divas.

Charles de Gaulle: Part 3 - le Chant du Cygne

Paris in May 1968 exploded! Then, almost a revolution/ civil war... 11 million French workers went on strike.

Charles de Gaulle: Part 2 - The Post War Maze

Restoring France to what he saw as its former glory became an obsession.