Come dine with me? Finding friends in France

A French phenomenon, COlunching started as a way for French freelancers to escape their home offices. Now it has become a popular way of people meeting when they arrive in a new city for work, or for travellers seeking to combine a foodie experience with a chance to meet with the locals.

The Other Life

Sitting in a classroom in Sydney’s northern suburbs, learning the basics of French, it never crossed my mind that I would make a life for myself in this beautiful country so far from home.

Francophiles & Cinephiles – You’re in for a Treat!

Australia’s French Film Festival, organised by the Alliance Française (Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney), is about to burst forth on to the cinematic scene in March with a sensational line up of films. Read about the Festival and the Competition we’re running that will help to get you there!

Pétanque in Australia

About 17 million French people play pétanque casually. Numbers continue to grow gobally, including in Australia where there 1 200 registered pétanque players. We interviewed three players: Andrew Mack, Gary Hosie and Pierre Bommarito.

Interview: Steve Wells – 2

Episode 2 of 2: Steve Wells, the photographer, “…what I really love making are photos of ‘normal’ things, but slightly twisted or turned a little, to try to make people look at life in a different way. I’m a bit cheeky and love to play with the moment, the person or the object I am shooting.”

Interview: Steve Wells – 1

‘Moments and experiences are all we have. They make us who we are… It is with experience that you can put together ideas, mix concepts and energies, which then influence what you produce creatively. I have never been content to settle, work the 9 – 5… and I guess as a result I have made choices that have taken me to different places, thrown me into various situations (some hard, some just amazing).

1920s postcards

The ones I thought might interest you, dear MyFrenchLife™ visitor, are the six postcards sent from France between 1921 and 1922 to the Williams family, who lived in Sydney. I wish I could ask Nanna Forte how she came by these cards or whether she knew the Williams family, but she passed away many years ago.

Pining for France

Visiting Les Invalides, where a guard ordered me to take my hat off before approaching Napoleon’s tomb (‘Votre chapeau, monsieur!’); visiting Notre Dame during a wedding, where a trumpeter and organist duetted in the Prelude from Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Te Deum in D; travelling along the Seine in a fly-boat as the rain drizzled soothingly on the glass roof.