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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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 3 – Did you know?

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!

Dressing for Paris in the Autumn

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…

The Fashionable Hiker – French Style

When hiking, first and foremost, you must be well dressed…

I’m sure you have heard the best way to dress for hiking largely depends on the conditions you plan on hiking in … clothing that wicks away moisture with less coverage in the summer and extra insulating layers in the winter – blah blah blah, yawn!

I’m not talking about good hiking boots, and sunscreen here…Nope! I’m talking about STYLE! Make the frenchies proud of you by remembering every outing, no matter the season or the destination, is an opportunity for style. It’s the French way after all!

Rustrel – The Wild West in Provence

Have you heard of the Colorado Provencal? The Wild West in Provence? Imagine the stunning colors of Arizona’s Grand Canyon at dusk, and you will have an idea of the beauty awaiting you. Sands in infinte shades red, orange, yellow, and even white glow under the bright golden sun of Provence against a bright blue sky. A site created through the fantastic joint efforts of Mother Nature and Man.