France

What is “La Canicule”?

What is “La Canicule”?

Anyone traveling to, within or living in France will be well aware that this week we’re in the midst of another canicule – but what is it? In short, a canicule is something along the lines of what English speakers usually refer to ask a “heat wave”, however to be defined as a canicule these…

How to Survive the French Summer Holiday with Small Children
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How to Survive the French Summer Holiday with Small Children

It’s “les grandes vacances”! A time when much of France draws to a standstill, unless you’re in a tourist area, in which case the place will be rammed and, if it’s anything like here, will burst into life. All good if you’re on holiday or retired but if you’re a family of four with zero…

Covid-friendly Locations in the South of France: Swimming Lakes
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Covid-friendly Locations in the South of France: Swimming Lakes

Ah, 2020. Who knew come the holidays we’d still be living our own version of confinement! Obviously lots of people are travelling and there are tourists everywhere. While there is an increase in people locally I would say it’s mostly holiday home owners; the numbers are down, which is good news for those of us…