Notes from the Auvergne: women, work and parenting

Notes from the Auvergne: women, work and parenting

After recently reading Carolyn Lazarus’ article in The Daily Mail, it made me reflect about various things surrounding women, work and parenting. When I got married back in 1998 we both had, what I would call, decent jobs. I didn’t have the same high flying career as Carolyn, but whilst mine was office-based, my husbands’ required frequent […]

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Notes from the Auvergne: Christmas in France

Notes from the Auvergne: Christmas in France

Christmas in France, like any country, is (excuse the pun) wrapped up in traditions. Some French people, especially in the east and northern parts of the country, celebrate St Nicolas on 6 December (like Holland and Nordic countries). In Alsace children put boots out overnight to find them filled the next morning with fresh clementines, […]

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Chaîne des Puys: France’s UNESCO bid

Chaîne des Puys: France’s UNESCO bid

Claire Robinson on France’s upcoming UNESCO gem The Chaîne des Puys is a group of 80 volcanoes aligned to the Limagne border fault in the Auvergne Volcanic Park in France. They run north to south on a strip 3,5km wide and 45km long and are unique in Europe. A dossier is being submitted to UNESCO […]

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Notes from the Auvergne: part 2

Notes from the Auvergne: part 2

There’s nothing like supporting the home team to make you feel like a local The professional rugby union team for Clermont Ferrand, ASM, began life in 1911 when Marcel Michelin gave workers at Michelin the chance to get a taste for physical activity, and its continuing popularity has ended up creating a team which plays […]

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A move across the Channel: Sold!

A move across the Channel: Sold!

Many of us travel abroad but not all of us are brave enough to live there! Read about starting a life in Northern France Chapter 3 We got home two days later and immediately phoned France with our offer. It was now the first week of November and we knew that, if the offer was […]

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