Category Archives: Australian customs

Celebrating Christmas in France – Great Resources To Help Plan Your Bike Trip to France – Wineries/les vignobles

My Wednesday’s bloggers’ round-up this week starts with fellow Australian Kathy Stanford from Femmes Francophiles who’s been having a holiday from blogging but after a recent trip to France, she’s fortunately back on the job. So I’m starting with her … Continue reading

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What am I really? Australian or French?

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that I recently went on holidays to Australia and it was not always as I expected. In my monthly guest post for My French Life, the global community of French and francophiles … Continue reading

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Pokies and Casinos in France and Australia

One of the things I noticed in Australia were the “Pokies” or poker machines. We ate on several occasions in surf lifesaving clubs and pubs that had whole rooms of one-arm bandits. In France the only place you’ll find a … Continue reading

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Breakfast in Australia

One thing I’ve discovered this time is the Australian breakfast cult. I can’t remember when I lived here before (I left in 1975) that people went out for breakfast. I only remember morning and afternoon tea.The day of the Big … Continue reading

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Wine Tasting in Tassie

Our four days in Sydney were spent catching up with family and friends, some of whom we hadn’t seen for 3 years, which was wonderful but exhausting particularly since we arrived a day later than I had expected which meant … Continue reading

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Feeling like a foreigner in my home country

Each time I go back to Australia, I feel more like a foreigner and less like an Australian. Although I have dual nationality, I don’t really consider myself to be French, despite the fact that I have lived there 37 … Continue reading

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Apple Crumble!!

Hi! You may know about me a bit, I’m the Aussie son who lives in Sydney, nicknamed Leonardo in this blog. You may have read my recent interview with my Mum on what goes on under the streets of Paris! … Continue reading

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Freezing cold is relative!

As I’ve already mentioned, when a Queenslander says they’re freezing cold, it means that it’s 15°C at night and all the windows are open (can’t close the windows! gotta have fresh air, you know). When the French say it’s freezing, … Continue reading

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An Aussie in France on My French Life

I’m delighted to have joined the My French Life team of contributing authors, photographers, interviewers and talented people who live all around the world. My French Life /Ma Vie Française - online magazine & global community of French & francophiles – Connect, Share, Inspire, Aspire, Learn… Local  Events/Réunions monthly … Continue reading

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Washing Machines I Have Known

I grew up in North Queensland with one of those enormous top loading agitator washing machines that could wash huge loads in record time. We had a drip dry cycle which meant that the machine stopped after the last rinse … Continue reading

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