The Adventures of a Travelling Francophile

A new dawn, and with it new adventures… Girl Gone Gallic records the tales of my travels throughout France while working and travelling abroad. I love exploring the differences between cultures and everyday life. What better reward then to share these experiences with my family, friends, and fellow travelers? So join me in my travels, a little company is always welcome…

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Friday Fun Facts - C'est Les Soldes

Friday Fun Facts – C’est Les Soldes!

Did you know??? For a period of six weeks in the winter and again in spring, France’s retailers put their lingering unsold stock on sale for the savvy to pick up at serious discounts. From Wednesday January 11th through Tuesday February 21st, 2017.

Clearance sales began with the advent of the first department stores in Paris, the earliest dating back to 1784. Retailers needed a way to dispose of surplus inventory to clear the way for new merchandise. An idea dreamed up by François Mannoury to spur buying, the first official clearance sales were held at the “Petit Saint Thomas” in the mid 1800’s. He was also the creator and first to offer sales by correspondence.

Friday Fun Facts – The Guillotine

The last execution by Guillotine in France happened not so long ago… The Guillotine was designed by the surgeon Antoine Louis inspired by devices found in Italy. Dr. Louis perfected his new toy by practicing on the corpses left behind by his botched surgeries and a few sheep (dinner?). It was first presented to the French in 1789 by his friend the Doctor Joseph Guillotin from where it gets its name.

French Beauty Secrets Revealed - Cult Favorites

French Beauty Secrets Revealed

The Secrets behind French Beauty Skin Care.

French women are known not only for the amazing sense of style, but also for their beautiful skin. How do they manage to have such glowing healthy skin throughout their lives? What French beauty secrets are they hiding??? To begin with, French Women know that being beautiful is not only about looking beautiful, but more importantly about FEELING beautiful and confident.

Friday Fun Facts - Rue du Chat qui Peche

Friday Fun Facts – Parisian Street Names

Street name use began in Paris in the 14th century. At first written on canvas and hung off buildings, then followed much later in 1761 by the now famous blue enamel plates. Before the numbering system came along, the only way to locate a home or business was exclusively by its street name. The “Rue du Chat-qui-Pêche” (“Street of the Cat that Fishes”) is the narrowest street in Paris (1,80 meters – about 6’ft), and one of the oldest.

French Saffron – Facts, Fun, History and Legends

French Saffron was first cultivated in Southern France by the Romans. After the decline of the Roman Empire, its use all but disappeared until the Moors brought it back again during the Black Death Era as a potential cure. In fact, demand became so strong that Pirates would target Saffron import ships instead of those loaded with gold bars or coins. The disappearance of a Saffron Ship even sparked the 14 week long “Saffron War”.

The Saffron Fields of Provence

The Saffron Fields of Provence… When you think of Saffron, you probably think of golden hues, exotic scents, and warm climates in faraway places. But Provence? Olives and Lavender, yes… But never once did I consider it as a viable Saffron growing territory. The Crocus bulbs that are responsible for Saffron (Crocus sativus (Iridaceae) have one very important soil requirement – excellent drainage. Crocus bulbs hate wet feet… So, after all, what better place than Provence with its rocky terrain and hot dry climate!

Parisian Fall Fashion Faux Pas

Dressing for Paris Tourist Tips

No one wants to be dressed poorly when visiting Paris. It’s the fashion capital of the world after all…

Trying to determine the best outfit to wear in Paris, while keeping warm and comfortable, and still blending in and looking your best in no easy feat. Especially as a tourist.There always seem to be so many questions on how to properly dress for Paris, and few answers especially when it comes to the Autumn season. My most often asked question is definitely about dressing for Paris, and in particular -what kind of shoes to wear and whether Parisiens really wear athletic shoes or not. Follow along, and you can see for yourself exactly how to dress!

Orange Crêpes Provencal - Orange crepes

Delightful Sweet Orange Crêpes Provençal

Looking for a fresh new dessert idea for a dinner party? Then try these delightful Orange Crepes Provencal, subtly flavored with Saffron – a delicious departure from regular crêpes. Why the Saffron? Although unknown to many, Saffron was first brought to France by the Romans and is still being produced in Provence. Harvest occurs in October, more on than it my next post…