Loulabelle’s FrancoFiles

Loulabelle’s FrancoFiles

In Loulabelle’s FrancoFiles we chat about all things “français” to get your Frenchy vibes happening here at home in Australia! We will hear tips and ideas that aren’t in the tourist brochures from various podcast guests living both in Aus and France. Join us on a journey to be immersed in a variety of French experiences to brighten and enrich the dullest of days and daydream of fun in France! À bientôt, loulabellesfrancofiles.com

Episodes

July 17, 2021 41 min

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Lindy  Viandier chatted to me about her journey from being a nurse in Wales to renovating a 300 year old maison with her French husband in Burgundy.

Lindy recalls her mother wearing ‘Evening in Paris’ perfume when she was a child. It came in a tiny midnight blue flacon. The label had the French translation, ‘soir de Paris’ and the name ‘Bourjois’. Lindy said, "To me this was the height of glamour an...

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J'adore chatting to my favourite French chick Sarah Zwick (from Be My Guest Immersions in the Basque region of south-west France).

Having Sarah's unique perspective of Le Tour as she recalls details from her childhood as well as well-known particular culturally significant rituals that accompany Le Tour from the French perspective, is a wonderful insight.

Hear our lovely chat about the "ca...

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This was such a beautifully honest chat, quite raw in places. I felt an instant warm connection to Christine Betts. 

I have loved following Christine on social media for some time. Her posts connect me to Paris in a variety of ways. She is an author who has written a number of books set in Paris and has a particular style of writing that I find fascinating, with the meshing of historical fact and fictio...

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Spring cleaning is a time of uncovering many new things and fabulous old memories!

Recently our regular French correspondent from south-west France, Sarah and I talked about her finds when she was renovating her home in the Basque region.

The story of how she came across the book of a particular child from over a century ago in her attic and learned of his involvement in the Great War is fascinating. The...

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Author Catherine Berry fascinated me with her story of her journey to live a French life with her family.

Catherine made the decision to only speak French to her infant son which prompted her and  her husband to pull up stumps and head to France to live. 

When her children were aged 6, 9 and 12 they moved to France with no work planned and no support network. They had a house arranged and found a l'é...

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Thomas Pesquet would never have dreamed as a small child in Dieppe Normandy, that he would become a household name in France as their most well known astronaut and probably the most famous astronaut in Europe.

I loved chatting to my wonderful friend Sarah Zwick from Be My Guest Immersion about Pesquet, hearing about him from the perspective he's known in France. 

Pesquet graduated as an Air France pi...

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I am always looking for ways to keep my connection with France alive whilst I'm not on French soil.

Beeta Hashempour is the creator of Mon Petit Four, which has been voted as one of the #1 French food blogs in the world and one of the top Parisian lifestyle blogs of 2019!

Everyday receiving the très fabuleux emails with recipes and tips from Mon Petit Four brings a sparkle to my day! 

In my wonderf...

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I 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 war...

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France 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 ...

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In 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 tec...

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I 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...

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Nathalie 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 ...

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France 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 dedicat...

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In 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 Tamm...

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My 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 ...

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I 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...

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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 ...

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Way 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 hist...

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Claudine 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 so...

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Explore 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.

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