Please send me an email to aussieinfrance @ gmail.com
I’m still figuring out how to put up a nifty form. I hope you won’t have to wait too long.
You can also join me on facebook: Aussie in France!
Hi Rosemarie, like your blog, john w
Hi John glad you like it! But you’re supposed to call me Fraussie!
Hi Fraussie. Just enjoyed an hour reading your latest blogs. Haven’t been on since well before xmas. Loved the TomTom experience. BP’s father gets very agitated with the fact that the instructions are always a few seconds too late – normally we’ve just overshot the street when she so sweetly requests ‘make a right hand turn at the intersection’ . Needless to say I always check the now ‘out of date’ (as we don’t need an up to date version because we have a tomtom) street directory just so I know exactly where we are heading before we set off. It helps with the ‘frustration’ which is sure to occur with every new adventure. As for the washing machine, my sisters and I used to fight over who was going to turn the wringer (or press the button I should say. From memory it was both manual and electric.) I would have been all of 4 as by the time I was six we had really gone up market and invested in a twin tub! How sad is that – although it was fun watching the clothes go round and round and get stuck in the wringer – it must have taken mum a whole lot longer to get the washing done with our help than without. She had far more patience than I! Also a sign of the times I think.
Hi Katherine. I’d forgotten about the twin tub. We must have had one along the way too. I remember the copper and the blue bags but we were kept well out the way.
I can see that the Tom Tom poses problems everywhere! I feel reassured.
Hi Fraussie, I am having a wonderful time reading all of your blogs. They lead to such wonderful places. I can’t believe how much travel you have done, thank you so much for sharing. Lyn
I adore travelling and I love sharing my experiences. So glad you enjoy them.
Hi Fraussie, we will arrive in Paris 16/17 March next year, will it be early spring or still very cold? I am really keen to see Giverny. I am so looking forward to the galleries, everyone tells me that their favourite is Musee d’Orsay. Lyn
Hi Lyn, this year, March was the most amazing month and quite warm, then it got cold in April and May and is only just beginning to warm up again at the end of June! This is atypical however. March is usually cold with a lot of “giboulées” which means that the sun comes out, then quite suddenly, it starts raining and often hailing. After that the sun comes out again. Usually, we’re still wearing our winter coats and hats and gloves in mid March, I’m afraid.
Giverny doesn’t open until 1st April, so I hope you’re still in Paris. Yes, most people prefer the Orsay Museum. You should also go to the Marmottan which has many of Monet’s paintings and the Orangerie which has two oval rooms with his water-lilies. There is also an impressionist museum at Giverny (it is now an offshoot of the Orsay but used to be the American Impressionist Museum).
You’ll definitely enjoy them all!
I’ve just arrived back home after attending St. Margaret Mary’s College 50th Anniversary celebrations. I was told about your blog by Lyn Chase. When I’ve recovered from the weekend, I intend to get stuck into reading every detail of your blog.
Hi, I would have loved to be there! It’s so nice of Lyn to recommend my blog. I hope you enjoy it!
I’ll be visiting my brother who has an apartment right next to the fountain of the croix du trahoir on Rue de l’Arbre Sec. I took a French class, so I wouldn’t be hopelessly lost, and we had to do a project on some aspect of French culture. I researched the fountain and put together a youtube video:
about it’s history. If you’re hesitant to click a link from a stranger, you can search youtube for “jack graham project” and it will show up in the list – look for an old map of Paris Rue de l’Arbre Sec about 8 videos down the list.
Hi Jack, thanks for that information! Very interesting video about the origin of the dry tree. I hope you enjoy your stay in Paris.
I know this might be a weird one but I’m getting desperate!
My name’s Georgina and I’m 19 from Australia.
I’m coming to Paris to study Journalism from the 17th of September and am desperately looking for a flat and flat-mate!
I don’t suppose you know of anything? I’m only days away and have been looking for months so I thought I’d give this a shot!
Thanks so much,
Hello Georgina, I can imagine your panic. It’s very difficult for foreign students to get accommodation in Paris as it is already difficult for French students! Also, everything shuts down in August here. I’m going to give you an address by email that might help. Good luck!
That’s cool to read your blog because I’m a french teenager and my dream is to go to Australia at 18 to became a personnal trainer. But I’m not sure I can do that at this age because that’s expensive and my english is absolutely not perfect.
You inspired me because you’ve done what I want to do in the other side.
So thanks for that.
Hello Mathilde. I certainly hope you’ll be able to go to Australia one day. It is expensive, but there are special visas now for young people that allow you to work in Australia though not necessarily as a personal trainer. http://www.border.gov.au/. Good luck!
I really love the great content you’re creating and sharing with the world. I’m sure your website is a great inspiration and resource for all the people out there learning French.
I’m working with a company called Languages Abroad that facilitates language instruction in nearly 90 destinations worldwide in 19 different languages. I can’t help but feel that our present and future students studying French would find your blog to be very useful!
We’re currently compiling a list of 15 language blogs/websites that our students might like to read during their time studying abroad. We would love to feature you on this list!
Is this something you’d be interested in reading and perhaps sharing on your site and/or social media channels?
I look forward to hearing back from you soon!
Hello Neil, you can certainly include my blog on your list but it would be difficult for me to promote something that i have never used.
Hi Fraussie, I am enjoying reading about your travels and looking at your photographs – very inspiring and giving me travel-bug envy!!
Separately, I think you did a segment on the Kneipp get-together around the Glen Innes/Dundee area in NSW. As a Kneipp-cousin – I would love to get in touch?
Hi Sharon, I’m glad you’re enjoying the blog – although I don’t publish much these days. I do, however, post a new photo of the Loire Valley (and my travels!) on my other blog http://www.loiredailyphoto.com.
Are you from the same branch of the Kneipp family?
Hello again Fraussie,
I will check out your other blog – more travel envy!
As to the Kneipps – my cousins are down the John Kneipp and Phoebe (Proctor) line through Cyril. I think perhaps “Matey” was John’s brother???
A friend of mine thought it would be funny to contact you as I am a Frenchie (and you are an Aussie) and I moved to Australia (and you moved to France) and we both started to blog about our life in our new country 😉
I wish you all the best 😉
Hi Virginie. Sorry it’s taken me a while to answer your comment. I hope you enjoy your life in Australia as much as I enjoy France. You are only at the beginning of your adventure.
Je viens de découvrir votre blog et j’en suis déjà tombé amoureux, après quelques minutes de lecture! This is, no doubt, a ‘Love at first sight’ situation!
I’m a French-speaking translator from the province of Québec, Canada, and I just wanted to congratulate you on the work you’ve done here on your blog. It is very informative and so much fun to read. Of course, I will make sure I apply what you teach!
Thanks and keep up your great, very useful work!
Bonjour Alain et bienvenue à Aussie in France. I’m glad you find the blog useful and fun. I would like to write more often but life keeps getting in the way!
Hi I hope you can help me. i have booked a holiday break to a holiday camp in Chambord but would rather not drive. could you advise me the best airport to go to and how to get to Chambord from there. sept 3 to sept 7 inclusive. hope to receive your reply. thank you
Hi, you haven’t said where you are coming from! The closest airport is Tours but it doesn’t have many destinations and it would be too far to take a taxi. I am mystified about a holiday camp in Chambord though. It is not a town only a castle. Their are coaches from Blois train station to Chambord. If you could give me a bit more information I might be able to help you.
Bonjour, we are coming to the Loire in the first weeks of November on the scout for a new home/gite/cooking school location. I do fabulous food tours of Burgundy and the Cote D’Azur and am looking for something more permanent to house future guests. Would love to meet a fellow Aussie living in the Loire so if you would be in town please do get in touch. Merci Andrew
Bonjour Andrew, I would be very happy to meet up. We should be in town. Just send me an email at email@example.com.
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