This is an experiment: I see these blog “linkups” and am rather clueless as to how they work. I do use them to explore and often find good stuff. So here’s a go at joining in.


The very fun and informative blog Oui in France has set this off. Oui in France is the place to read about quirks of French language and culture, with lots of helpful advice, like this post about making your French sound more natural.

Have Some Decorum gives a hilarious, if sometimes prickly take on things. The writer, Ellie O’Connell, just moved back to the U.S., and I’m wondering what she will be up to next. She has ceaseless ideas and energy, all the more amazing because of her fight with ALS. One of my favorite posts from her is about how she pretends, when she visits chateaux, that she’s being shown the place not by a tour guide but by a real estate agent and that she intends to buy.

At the other end of the spectrum is Lost in Arles, which isn’t prickly at all but lyrical and magical, accompanied by equally dreamy photography, like this one.

Chocolate and Zucchini is an excellent French food blog, written in English by a Parisian chef. If you would like to learn to cook French food, this is a great place to start. Maybe with this feta and herb quick bread?

David Lebovitz is another Parisian chef, though he’s an American and includes, between recipes, the same kind of wry observations about French life that I enjoy so much. This post about the Marché d’Aligre in Paris is pure poetry.

Being a newbie, I don’t know the protocol here, so I copied the rules:

And here are some “rules”:

This is a link-up or linky – however you want to call it – so please SHARE THE LOVE. View, comment on and share fellow bloggers links, at least two but ideally as many as possible, don’t just link-dump (persistent offenders will be removed). Remember to come back a few days later to see who linked up after you.

Old and new posts welcome. Please limit your posts to 2 per link-up. Save the rest for future months!

Please add the All About France badge to the side bar of your blog and/or the post itself and a link back to either this page or the link-up. This helps to promote everyone’s hard work. Posts without these will be removed.

I feel like I’m turning in homework and waiting to be graded. Let’s hope I pass! Any great blogs you want to share?

5 thoughts on “All About France

  1. I’ll add a couple. I’ve no particular claim or connection, just that I enjoy reading what they write about life in their corners of France:

    Days on the Claise, an Australian-Anglo couple who run a small business in the Loire Valley, day-touring in their vintage 1952 Renault Traction, Celestine. She is also a botanist and knows more about the natural world there than I could ever hope to absorb. Wonderful photos.

    Our French Oasis, an English family, raising children in the Charente-Maritime. Again, wonderful photos, this time of small towns, markets, local activities. Gives a nice sense of day-to-day.

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  2. Yes. I’ve never managed to work out what to do with these link-ups, but, knowing that there are others like me who don’t do this naturally, I am going to give it another go. Have enjoyed looking at your suggested blogs. The more you look, the more you find. Continue to be amazed at the number of people who are blogging about/loving France.

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