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22 minutes | 2 days ago
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Ep 36 - One family's journey from Bondi to Paris!
www.loulabellesfrancofiles.comI love looking through Instagram, dreaming of long days and beautiful holidays in France! Sometimes I end up following particular accounts more than others and the way they portray their version of France just "clicks" with me. This was the case with Emily Lawrence Gazal. I messaged her and asked if I could chat to her about her French life and got much more than I bargained for! Emily is a warm and generous Aussie originally from Bondi who has moved her family with her three children to Paris. I was fascinated by her story and loved our beautiful chat.With important notes for any FrancoFilers considering moving with children to France, chats about French street food, music from brilliant young French artist Angèle and gorgeous mental images of a French life, this episode will satisfy any francophile who is pining for a French getaway!
22 minutes | 11 days ago
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Ep 35 - Très beaux rewarding memories, Paris avec my bubbas!
www.loulabellesfrancofiles.comFrance through the eyes of a teenager is a multi-layered and amazing experience! The food, the sights, the shopping... all with a different perspective.I have travelled with my children in France a number of times. Each visit has been so wonderfully rewarding and the ability to look back together on our experiences has bonded us closer together as they grow older.I chatted to my youngest son Fraser in this podcast episode about his recollections of our travels. He is such a keen traveler. He and I are always planning our next trip somewhere!We first travelled to France as part of a big European tour for our family back when he was still in primary school! We met up with 20 of our family in Paris and spent a week together there. We saw all the big touristy things but even though he was only in Grade 5, Fras remembers many more intricate details of our time there. Interestingly other children from our family who attended with us on this trip who were a little younger don't have the same clarity of memory. They also didn't have the stamina to power through the day as Fraser did at about age 10 or 11. That is an important consideration if FrancoFilers are planning to travel with younger children.After a week together, we left Paris by train and travelled with the huge family group to Chinon in the Loire Valley where the little kids all had much more freedom than in Paris.We attended the Motocross of Nations which would never have been considered without a young boy pulling his "one choice of the holiday" card. A brilliant and unforgettable day!We then drove across to Villers-Bretonneux which is a very special place for Australians visiting France.My Fraser had another very unique and significant experience in Paris as a young teenager with the opportunity to explore Paris for a day with some other teens sans parents! How many kids get to hang out in Paris with their mates for the day!?!? Hear some French rap music and get the lowdown on the best food for teens in Paris!
23 minutes | 22 days ago
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Ep 34 - Take a trip to the Dordogne avec Loulabelle!
www.loulabellesfrancofiles.comIn 2017 I was fortunate enough to take part in a most amazing and life changing trip on an immersion to France.In this episode of the podcast, you will be guided through the winding roads and petit villages, bringing alive the local rustic-ness I discovered in the Dordogne. This episode will have the most impact listening on one device and accessing Google Earth on another. Or if you’re wonderfully tech-savvy you may be able to access them both at the same time on the same device! Once in each village, pause the podcast chat to get down on the Google Earth ground and have a virtual walking tour around the town, then re-start the podcast to move on!We will visit:MonpazierLa Roque-GageacDommeRouffignacCadouinVézac - Les Jardins de MarqueyssacCome and enjoy a lazy afternoon meandering the Dordogne with Loulabelle - a most picturesque, historic and welcoming part of our favourite destination, France! With French music and chats about the regions food, you will feel like you've had a lovely vacances en France!
16 minutes | a month ago
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Ep 33 - Films de français to keep FrancoFilers' Frenchy vibes fluttering!
www.loulabellesfrancofiles.comI have travelled to France numerous times with ma belle amie Karen Grooby. At home in Australia we try to keep our FrancoFile hearts satisfied with activities like French yoga, French themed festivals and restaurants, as well as cooking French food for our friends. Annually we also attend the Melbourne Alliance Français French Film Festival! We have been to opening night a few times before at the Astor, which always has a wonderful party atmosphere and a chance to see one of the best French Films showing during the festival. I love to eaves drop on all the conversations at the after party as there are so many native French speakers there. I can get my fix and pretend I’m at a party in Paris for the evening! The Astor is such a beautiful grand old theatre it makes it even easier to daydream about France when we’re there!This year although we didn’t attend the opening Karen went to see three French movies that she recommends ands we chat about in this episode:Eiffel - Délicieux - Antoinette dans les Cévennes
27 minutes | a month ago
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Ep 32 - Ice cream profiteroles and other treasured souvenirs de France!
www.loulabellesfrancofiles.comNathalie Foos has encouraged my love of France for the last decade or so at her French immersion school "A French Journey" in Melbourne, Australia.Nathalie was born in Marseille in the south of France, and spent some of her childhood in Saumur in the Loire Valley as well.I loved chatting with Nathalie about her memories of France, about taking her own children back there to live for a time and also reminiscing about our own travels together there.Nathalie spoke about the villages she adores, what a perfect day would look like for her in France and her favourite memories. Her description of the stages of a French lunch is lovely, enabling me to picture it so clearly I felt I was back there momentarily! Just what I needed right now when I can't be there myself!
21 minutes | 2 months ago
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Ep 31 - Pâques, printemps & celebrating a 600 year old festival!
www.loulabellesfrancofiles.comFrance has many wonderful traditions. I am joined in this episode by our favourite French correspondent Sarah Zwick from Be My Guest Immersions in the Pays-Basque region of South West France. Sarah spends her time talking about France and connecting with francophiles every day through her online French classes. I can personally recommend her as a current French speaking teacher who is amazingly dedicated to her students! Including me!Back to the traditions...Easter in France is called Pâques. The French word Pâques comes from the Latin word “pascha”, meaning “Passover”, which comes from the Hebrew “Pesah” which is the Jewish name for the Passover celebration, that is celebrated on Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday, the Thursday before Easter Sunday. So Easter en français is Pâques!France has a strong Catholic history and Easter is celebrated avec grand enthusiasm! Hear about the traditions that are particular to France and even to various regions including a festival that is almost 600 years old in Bayonne in South West France. 1462 was the first year of the Foire au Jambon held near Bayonne in the Pay-Basque region near the Spanish border. Malheureusement it was cancelled in 2020 and in 2021 it has been postponed to later in the year due to COVID, the first time it has ever not been held in spring since it commenced. During the Pâques period, the festival would showcase local producers and they would offer their ham to be sampled and a vote would take place. Easter occurs in the spring in France and the spring holidays - vacances des printemps - are synonymous with Pâques. Take a quick trip to France with this immersion into one of the culture's oldest traditions.
31 minutes | 2 months ago
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Ep 30 - Honeymoon en France! Paris for love & Provence for romance!❤️
www.loulabellesfrancofiles.comIn the pre-COVID world when we took the freedom of travel for granted, my partner Paul and I meandered around Provence and met some amazing like minded people who have remained firm friends. Tammy and Mike Melo were among nos nouveaux amis we are now so thankful to have had the opportunity to meet.Tammy and Mike from Vancouver Canada were on their Honeymoon which turned into a French odyssey!I met Tammy at the Provence cooking day, a life altering experience and a beacon amongst my memories during this period of history when travel is so problematic if trying to get to Europe from Australia.Tammy chatted with me about her love of French food, she reminded me of the highlights of our cooking day and she shared more tidbits of her holiday with Mike such as their dinner at amazing restaurant Chevre D'Or on the French Riviera. From that gorgeous opulence to the rustic loveliness of L'Isle-Sur-La-Sorgue where we shared aperitifs overlooking the canals of the French "little Venice", the chat with Tammy took me right back to France momentarily. Hear about Tammy's love of French food, ideas for keeping Frenchy ideas going with home décor, as well as book and music recommendations. Merci ma belle amie Tammy xx
28 minutes | 2 months ago
Paris memories, Mont St Michel & more of my Papa's French faves xx
www.loulabellesfrancofiles.comMy fascination with France has been inherited from my darling Dad. I have been so very fortunate to travel to Paris and regional France with Papa, and still learn French with him now, home in Australia. An afternoon in the garden together at his house, with French music in the background and lovely chats en français is my idea of a weekend well spent. Our shared love of France has been a wonderful way for us to remain close as we grow through life.On one holiday in Paris, I was thrilled to share an evening with Papa at a jazz club in which my beautiful childhood friend Wendy Lee Taylor was performing. Wendy invited Papa up on stage as he is quite a gifted musician. Being in a jazz club in Paris and seeing my dad and my lovely friend on stage together is a lifetime memory I will always cherish!Papa has travelled to France many times and in this podcast episode he chats to me about a couple of places that are still on my wish list for future visits, the Canal Saint Martin and Mont Saint Michel. We also talk about his favourite region of France, his fave foods and his love of French music which is how his Francophile passion started.
32 minutes | 3 months ago
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Ep 28 - Finding harmony in Paris - the simple joie de vivre ♥️
www.loulabellesfrancofiles.comI loved connecting with Ruby Boukabou again in this podcast episode! She has such an amazing energy! I always leave a chat with Ruby feeling like I can take on the world and simultaneously that I've had a beautiful Parisian experience. In this chat Ruby talked about how she has stayed busy during COVID, from writing her book The Architecture Lover's Guide to Paris to her tap shack in Sydney and memories of tap dancing on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim! Something I hadn't thought of before, Ruby mentioned to me that Paris is a future focused city and Parisians are very conscious of their environmental situation in the world. I have often noticed in Paris how they implement a staggered planting program where young trees are planted in between older trees, so there is a plan of succession.I was enthralled with Ruby's new book, The Architecture Lover's Guide to Paris. With chapters on Paris history, train stations, museums, walking tours, itineraries, a variety of architecture styles or as Ruby puts it "a mixed palette",I was reminded when talking with Ruby about concerts in churches (the acoustics are out of this world!) about the significance of Haussmann Paris, about stopping to really connect with our surroundings whether in a large city or in regional France. While I can't travel to France, I'm going to do a walking tour of some of my fave parts of Paris - the two islands in the Seine and the Marais. Using Google Maps or Google Earth to explore at my own pace and focus on the places that feed my soul is something I'm excited about. Join us on a little sojourn to Paris and hear some terrific French musique as well.
33 minutes | 3 months ago
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Ep 27 - Paris, true love & secret tips for every FrancoFiler to live our dream!
www.loulabellesfrancofiles.com I found Krystal Kenney to be beautifully warm . Krystal is an author, a photographer and artist. She has her own podcast and also to provides us all with some wonderful online live Paris tours. Now Krystal is based in Paris full-time, living in the 18th arr of Montmartre and loving it! Krystal's memoir, Paris, A Life Less Ordinary describes her journey to the life she now leads in Paris. I've often imagined what that would be really like... to take off and live in Paris with no idea of when I would return, if at all. I wonder if it might be freeing, or terrifying, or a little bit of both! For Krystal it wasn't all smooth sailing. The memoir mentions dating blunders and some crazy things that occurred. She started out nannying for four children, and at one point ended up homeless and alone. It takes some bravery to continue on, but I got the feeling that she is glad she did.
23 minutes | 3 months ago
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Ep 26 - Some musical healing après un COVID Paris.
www.loulabellesfrancofiles.comWay way back in LFF episode 2 we were all introduced to some terrific music by an unknown musician Romain Dupré who is also an old school friend of our favourite French correspondent Sarah Zwick.Romain Dupré chatted to me in this episode about his life in France, about how Paris is changing through this COVID period, and about his hopes for helping his community to heal after this strange stage of history is over. Romain was concerned about his English, but I found listening to his strong French accent strangely comforting. To me it was as though there is something that this virus can't take away, and that is the strength and spirit of the French people, their stoicness, their Frenchness. There is a rawness in this chat that I don't normally find. Romain was clearly wanting me to hear about the REAL Paris. About how the world actually is for them all right now. I loved hearing about his first experience with rock and roll when his mother put on an album "The Best of The Doors" and how with a broken amplifier it was incredibly loud with the music actually shaking his little child body to its core. He loved it and was sold.Romain is a man who loves to visit his family in Bayonne even tough he's not a fan of travel. He adores and plays with his children, gives extra time to his students he teaches at high school and follows his heart with his music. It takes a lot of courage to do an interview in your second language, as well as a hefty amount of trust. I'm thrilled that Romain agreed to chat to me.This is a glimpse into a real French life, which is rare. Not an ex-Pat, not a tourist, not a francophile. I find talks with all those categories of people to be wonderfully fulfilling and terribly important to our continued knowledge and understanding of France. However, this chat enabled me to see a different Paris, not the history or the excitement we all crave from France, but the daily challenges and conversely the triumphs. The ordinary and simultaneously fabulous.I now more than ever can't wait to return...
36 minutes | 3 months ago
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Ep 25 - Paris secrets & stories avec a Hemingway!
www.loulabellesfrancofiles.comClaudine Hemingway knows Paris. Like she REALLY knows Paris! Part of the Hemingway family, Claudine chats with Lou about her Parisian stories and shares some fascinating history of the French capital as well as painting a picture so real that we feel like we've been on vacation to our fave destination! In this episode amongst other treats, we hear the real life and the long forgotten secrets of some notable French women. We also hear music from former First Lady of France Carla Bruni.As Gertrude Stein said "America is my country but Paris is my home".Come and take a visit home to Paris with Loulabelle and Claudine.
23 minutes | 4 months ago
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Ep 24 - Paris dreaming - rooftops, petit déjeuner & true lifetime friends!
www.loulabellesfrancofiles.comExplore the fascinating world of Paris rooftop photography and dream of future ramblings in France.Jeremy Pritchard is a Parisian photographer, taking shots of the real Paris world from a rooftop perspective. This lovely authentic chat with Jeremy uncovers a side of Paris most of us never see. He also talks of his go-to petit déjeuner and shares one of his favourite musical artists Alain Bashung.Loulabelle also chats with her oldest and dearest friends from school days about their dreams of travelling to Paris and France together in the future after COVID.
28 minutes | 4 months ago
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Ep 23 - Escape to the mysterious & fairytale-like Loire Valley avec toute ma famille!
www.loulabellesfrancofiles.comHear a warm , sweet chat with Loulabelle's darling cousin and dear friend Anne Lock about a "grandes vacances" our family took in 2015 to France. Twenty of us met for a week in Paris and then most of us travelled for an extra week to the quaint village of Chinon in the Loire Valley.Chinon is a place steeped in history and for the most part seems fairly unchanged over the past few hundred years. It has petit ruelles (little laneways) and divine little boutiques which look like magical fairytale shops! There is an amazing farmers market and loads of touristy things to occupy all the generations we travelled with. But the best thing for all of us was the way it slowed down our daily life. The village has a way of enveloping you, and it cushioned all of us in that embrace with a warmth that has permeated the wonderful memories of our "vacances en France". ❣️
27 minutes | 4 months ago
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Ep 22 - The delicious hidden nooks & crannies of Paris avec ma belle amie xx
www.loulabellesfrancofiles.comMy gorgeous friend Karen Grooby has travelled with me in France a number of times. In LFF episode 4 we chatted about one weekend we shared where we worked through a list Karen made of all the places to drink champagne in Paris! Karen is quite brilliant with her research and I have benefitted from it a bunch of times. She also has some general tips for travelers to Paris, about how to find some more tucked away nooks and crannies to excite us FrancoFilers.In this ep hear our different perspectives on hotels vs Airbnb and the low down on good Parisian brekkies! Hear our other tips for quirky museums, the best time of day for visiting touristy sites, accommodation considerations & also our favourite café spots!Come and dream about your next Paris sojourn with us.Loulabelle xx
30 minutes | 4 months ago
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Ep 21 - Keeping our French vibes going! Debi Lilly is bringing the best of France to enjoy at home.
www.loulabellesfrancofiles.comLoulabelle chats to the remarkable Debi Lilly who is an amazing award winning event planner, florist and major francophile living in Chicago about how she keeps France beating in her heart when she's not there! Debi has French inspired businesses in Chicago and Nantucket in the US, but also paints a beautiful dream like escape for us to a vacation of France we can dream about to stay connected to our fave destination!. With her recommendation for a little French chill music towards the end and recipe recommendations from her fave corner Paris bistros, join in the daydream for a half hour of Parisian serenity.
29 minutes | 4 months ago
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Ep 20 - The low down on the real French life for Emily in Paris!
www.loulabellesfrancofiles.comWant the low down on the real French life for Emily in Paris? Then join us for this wonderful warm chat with Emily and the world of the 6th arrondissement!When the TV series Emily in Paris started, Lou's guest in this podcast started getting texts first in a trickle and then in a tidal wave! The show was about her life! Or is it? This insightful conversation with "The Real Emily in Paris" is authentic and lovely. Hear all about life next to the Jardin du Luxembourg and aperitifs in Paris! Emily shares her perfect Parisian day for us all to dream away of un jour de Paris!
21 minutes | 4 months ago
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Ep 19 - A wish come true! A teenage Christmas in France!
www.loulabellesfrancofiles.comEmbarking on an exchange to France had always been a dream for Australian teenager Grace McMahon. She travelled to France for the Aussie Christmas/summer break and stayed in a small town, Melun a half hour drive south of Paris. French was spoken the whole time with only a tiny bit of English which gave her French language skills a huge workout!Grace loved school in France, although it was very different to what she was used to in Australia. We hear about her experiences with French food, teenage life in a French town and some surprises such as how many teenagers smoke! I have always dreamed of being in France at Christmas and was thrilled to hear of Grace travelling with her host family to Reims for the Christmas markets and all the festivities there. Being 17 and away from family for Christmas is tough, but experiencing Paris and France at a time when everything was decorated for Christmas added an extra layer of excitement for Grace. With French music and a canelé recipe to make your mouth water this is a sweet chat to leave us all dreaming of life in Paris and France again.
26 minutes | 4 months ago
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Ep 18 - The ultimate dreamlike escape... Versailles.
www.loulabellesfrancofiles.comThis is a wonderfully engaging podcast episode that will transport FrancoFilers through space and time to feel you have had a sneak peek at Versailles without the crowds!For as long as I can remember, I have been in awe of the legend and the stories surrounding Versailles. It was wonderful to hear about this magical place from a French local perspective with ma belle amie Sarah Swick who is just as big a fan as I am. Versailles has been listed as a World Heritage Site for the past 30 years, and is arguably one of the greatest achievements in French 17th century art and architecture. What started out as a hunting pavilion for King Louis XIII, was extended and transformed by his son King Louis XIV when he installed the Royal Court and French Government there in 1682.We chat about how Versailles is viewed from a French perspective including the Italian influenced renovations during the Renaissance, the French revolution, and the Treaty of Versailles. Find out about some of the more bizarre customs surrounding the "Sun King", quirky facts that have been written by those who lived there, as well as the crazy layers of complexity of the royal and social hierarchy. My favourite part of Versailles is actually quite separate from the palace, down the back of the huge jardins in the Grand Trianon and Petite Trianon, the summer houses for the King and Queen. Separate summer houses of course, as it would not have been appropriate for the King’s mistress and the Queen to have a face off at the petit déjeuner table!With tips not found elsewhere for a smooth Versailles visit and a wonderful musical piece capturing the sound heritage of Versailles, FrancoFilers will enjoy all the genuine and engaging snippets in this episode.
29 minutes | 5 months ago
Loulabelle's FrancoFiles Ep 17 - Want some magic de français? Come find it in Provence!
www.loulabellesfrancofiles.comThis is the second episode in a double with Loulabelle's guest being her partner Paul. (The first is episode 16 re: Paris). Travelling to France in 2018 in pre-COVID times hear about Lou & Paul's vacances in Provence with a week of road-tripping around Avignon. FrancoFilers may choose to follow the conversation whilst viewing on Google Earth. This episode will take in chats about Avignon, Maubec, Gordes, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue and Chateauneuf-du-Pape. A week full of life changing memories of an exceptional part of the world.
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