• Record Weather for France in 2011

    publicdomainpictures.net It’s official. 2011 was the hottest year in France since 1900, beating previous record holder 2003. The average temperature of 13.6 degrees C was 1.5 degrees higher than ‘usual’. This resulted from a warm spring and a warm autumn. Summer was actually quite disappointing with July being colder than...


  • Fizzy Drinks Tax – Fuzzy Logic More Like!

    1st January every year sees new taxes appearing on the scene as the ever-ingenious politicians find new ways to wrangle money out of us. Amongst 2012’s offerings in France is the sugary drinks tax. A tax of €7.16 per hectolitre (= 100 litres) of such drinks, boissons sucrées, has been...


  • Pièces Jaunes 2012 – Put Your Loose Change to Work

    January 4th saw the launch of this year’s Pièces Jaunes campaign, which will run until 11th February. The scheme is now in its 23rd year, having begun way back in 1990. So what is it? It’s a way of raising funds for the Fondation Hôpitaux de Paris-Hôpitaux de France. Children...


  • Préveranges, Cher – More Than Meets The Eye

    The day before the kids went back to school, Black Monday as far as they were concerned, we went off to a spot of geocaching in Préveranges, a large village about 20 km away in the département of Cher. Chris, Rors and I went to the pumpkin fair there back...


  • Cheese on Tuesday – Emmental

    Since this is the land of cheese (around 429 varieties I believe), I thought it was time I started to pay attention to fromage. So for the next little while it’ll be ‘Cheese on Tuesday’ on my blog every week, looking at some of the more popular and/or unusual cheeses...