Only in France…

It is no secret as to how much I love an aperitif! It’s such a lovely precursor to a delicious meal. For me, sitting outside a café, in the sunshine, enjoying a Kir Royal is bliss!

Several of my blog posts have already focused on this quintessentially French tradition.

However, I was surprised to discover recently that there is a ‘Fédération Française de l’apéritif ‘.


It is situated in Paris and has its own Facebook page. Here’s a link if you want to find out more:

I must admit I ‘liked’ their page and their recent post concerning the Paris marathon bought a smile to my face. Europe 1 interviewed Christine, a seventy-eight year old marathon runner, who enjoys an aperitif, every evening! If you speak French and want to hear her interview, here’s the link (although I’m not sure about the smoking…)

What about you? Do you enjoy an aperitif? If yes, I’d love to know which one!









Midnight in Paris

Are you a fan of Woody Allen films? I loved Annie Hall, Blue Jasmine and Midnight in Paris but there are others that I haven’t enjoyed so much.

Woody Allen won a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for Midnight in Paris but for me it’s all about the location as it’s a wonderful homage to Paris.

This clip says it all… And the accompanying music is beautiful.

Have you seen this film? What did you think? I’d love to know!

Bonne Année !

Some of my happiest New Year celebrations have taken place in Paris.

This traditional song, by Joe Dassin, brings back many marvellous memories.

I was always surprised by how much my students – of all ages – used to love this song!

It is an ‘ear worm’, after all.

Happy New Year xx

Champagne is good for you!


This headline has been appearing all over the place and as someone who is partial to the odd glass or three; I thought this would be worth investigating! Talking about champagne after the terrible attacks in Paris, might seem inappropriate perhaps, but if you read on to the end of the post, you will find that there is a link.

Apparently, a recent study suggests that drinking three glasses of champagne every day can help to prevent the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers at Reading University discovered that a compound in red grapes is the important factor. However, it appears that the research was carried out on rats…

Drinking champagne can also improve your memory, it is claimed. I’m not convinced of this one! I would suggest that if you drink too much, it would have the opposite effect. Well, in my case, anyway! Much has been made of red wine’s benefits for the heart, but champagne also contains high levels of polyphenols – antioxidants – that can lower blood pressure and prevent heart problems.

However, I don’t see champagne being prescribed by the NHS, any time soon. If you want to find out their take on this research, follow this link:

The events in Paris are still very much in my thoughts and I found this very moving: Joann Sfar, a cartoonist for Charlie Hebdo, has shared a touching drawing on Instagram.image

I hope you can make the link, too. Thanks for reading and comments welcomed!



There are no words – shock, sadness, horror, disbelief.

My boys are of an age when they go to concerts and bars on a Friday evening; innocent pleasures. I cannot begin to imagine how the families of the Paris victims must be feeling.

My heart bleeds for Paris and France.