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.

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.

Sexual affairs in France: infidelity and electability

French politics really are riddled with sex scandals – why does no one seem to care in France?

Quelle horreur! Marianne has hairy armpits

Marianne: the national symbol of France or working class harlot? Discover her many personas.

Advancing like an escargot: the representation of French women in politics

The progress of French women in politics in France has been moving at ‘snail’s pace’. Find out why.

Myth or legend? Angelic interventions and sex changes on the Way of St James

The Way of St James inspires many myths and legends, which story do you believe?