Welcome to my blog about my life in France. My pseudonym is Fraussie Grouet and my real name is Rosemary Kneipp. I’m an Australian-born translator from Townsville, North Queensland, living in France since 1975. I love sharing my experiences of living in France and get a kick out of showing friends and family the things I like best in my neighbourhood in Paris – the 1st arrondissement, right next to the Louvre and the Palais Royal.
I hope my information on the places I visit will give a new perspective to your travels. I blog from Monday to Friday, with travel photos on Monday and a bloggers’ round-up on Wednesdays.
I have a French husband called Jean Michel (Relationnel). All our kids are grown up. My son and daughter are called Leonardo (IT expert now living in Sydney) and Black Cat (communications & marketing manager living in Paris) and my twin stepsons are called Forge Ahead (5th year medical student) and Thoughtful currently deciding on his future. We had an Aussie exchange student from Sydney in 2011-2012 called Brainy Pianist.
We have bought a house in the Loire Valley built in 1584 and will be moving there in September 2014. In the meantime, we are renting out the ground floor as holiday accommodation (3 day minimum stay) or using it for home exchanges with Australia and cities anywhere in Europe.
Apart from reading, writing and travelling, my main occupations are cycling, wine, mushroom picking, gardening and architecture.
Don’t hesitate to leave comments (in French or English) and I’d love you to join me on Facebook and Twitter. You can also subscribe to be notified of new posts by email or use RSS feed. I often use pseudonyms, but feel free to use your real name or a pseudonym yourself.
Facebook in particular is a wonderful way to interact with other people with the same interests and learn about other blogs you might like to read. You’ll also find more details about places to visit, eat and stay.
The blog is called Aussie in France (pronounced Ozy) because that is the name Australians give themselves. Fraussie = FRench Aussie and Grouet is the area of Blois where our new house is located.