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

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May 6, 2021 21 min

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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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Hear 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 ye...

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My 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 tuc...

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Loulabelle 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 o...

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Want 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" i...

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Embarking 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 differe...

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This 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...

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This 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, ...

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Want ideas for a week in Paris with  your chéri?  Loulabelle and her partner Paul chat about their first trip to  the "city of love".
A visit to Notre Dame and a climb to the spire pre-fire, plus making the most of touristy clichés are both covered in this sweet chat that also includes a visit to artists in Montmartre, lunch at Les Deux Magots, shopping and champagne atop Galeries Lafayette and...

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