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Why there are Gargoyles on French gothic churches

On my recent trip through northern France, I was intrigued by all the gargoyles on the gothic churches and wondered why they were there. Then I came across this story which seems like a pretty reasonable explanation. A saint, a convict, and a gargoyle go into a swamp… This story takes place in the seventh century. It has been retold many times over the last 1400 years resulting in several adaptations. This is my version.…

Mimosa Mougins Ball 2017 in aid of cancer

Community Karen Hockney
When a group of expat residents decided to establish Mimosa Matters to help fight cancer on the Cote d’Azur, little did…

Today, the ultra-hard Tory Brexit will be in motion

Expat Issues Orjan Pettersen
It is better to be slapped with the truth than kissed with a lie. If you support a Tory agenda of privatisation of the…

Today is Article 50 day. What now for expat healthcare?

Expat Issues Mike Meade
It’ll be a 2 year wait to know for sure what the consequences of the March 29 Article 50 letter will mean in reality for…

Secret language of cypress trees in Provence

Slender, conical cypress trees are everywhere in Provence: they line roads, outline fields, decorate cemeteries, and…

The Virgin project of Nice: the statue that never came to be

Did you know that the city of Nice almost had a 49 foot (15 metre) tall statue of the Virgin Mary standing atop the…

5 Jean Cocteau treasures on the Riviera

Culture and Arts Margo Lestz
Jean Cocteau was truly a multi-talented artist. He considered himself a poet but he was also a novelist, playwright,…

A step-by-step guide to becoming a freelancer

Despite the French government embracing digital technology to reduce the form-filling burden, paperwork is a way of life…

Wine: Thoughts on 2015 Bordeaux En Primeur

Table Talk Alex Ignatieff
Fantastic! Finally, a year in Bordeaux to really get excited about. This may not be the biggest news of the day as the…

Tracing the 1,000-mile odyssey of D.H. Lawrence’s phoenix headstone

History and Traditions Robert Bullock
Soon after D. H.Lawrence’s burial in Vence Cemetery on March 4th, 1930, his widow Frieda commissioned a simple headstone…

On y va! Hiking though the Alpes-Maritimes by train

Visiting the Riviera Portia Griffey
I have lived in Nice for the past few years, learning French as I go, as I didn’t speak a word when I arrived. Through…

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