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Sydney Harbour bridge and palm tree viewed from the Hyatt Hotel

#JeSuisCharlie: When 3 Cities You Love Face Terror

Hi Frugalistas.  This is a different post for me.  As I start to write I’m not actually sure where I’m even heading with it.  Most readers would be familiar with events over the past few weeks, with Sydney, Istanbul and Paris being rocked by separate terrorist attacks.  Adding to that, I was in Athens with […]

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santons of the three wise men and Jesus in a manger

The travel souvenir that’s a part of our family Christmas tradition

Hi Frugalistas!  We put up our Christmas decorations yesterday.  One thing I love putting out every year is our crèche.  Crèche is the French word for a Nativity Scene, and ours is a very special one.  It is French, and is made of santons, traditional Provencal clay figurines.  Purchasing our santons, adding to our collection, and […]

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wooden waterwheel

The backlanes of Provence in photos

Hi Frugalistas!  I recently posted some very old photos from a trip to Provence on Istagram.  Despite their age they were a great hit, so I’m sharing more today with blog readers.  Forget about the beach and fields of lavender – instead I’m focussing on the little details that make Provence special.  Think quiet backlanes, […]

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Punnet of french strawberries

Paris in the spring

Hi Frugalistas!  You know I love Paris.  I regard it as my spiritual home in fact. Spring is probably my favourite time to visit Paris.  Sunny days, not too warm, not too crowded, the gardens in bloom.  What’s not to love?  Here are some of my favourite things in Paris in the spring…

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view of the Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe with Paris traffic

How and where to take the best photographs of Paris

Hi Frugalistas!  In my recent post, I talked about the best places to photograph the Eiffel Tower.  This week, the Friday fotos considers where to take the best shots of other well known, and well loved Paris sites.  While these sorts of things are always highly subjective, here are my top choices for photographing your […]

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Air France A320 on the ground

Air France Euro business class: the frugalfirstclasstravel review

Hi Frugalistas!  Those of us who are fortunate to be able fly Business Class know that not all Business Classes are created equal.  In particular, I notice a distinct difference between the amenity of Business on European routes compared to my long haul flight to Europe from Australia.  On my recent trip, I was able […]

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view of Eiffel Tower from the Pont Alexandre III with cherubs in foreground

Where to take the best photos of the Eiffel Tower

Hi Frugalistas!  If you’re on your first trip to Paris (or even if you’re not!) chances are you will want to go up the Eiffel Tower, and also takes photos of it.  But where are the best places to photograph this iconic tower?  You can see it from almost everywhere, but not all shots are […]

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A taste of Champagne

Hi Frugalistas! The second of this week’s guest posts is courtesy of Andrea Powis, the Chief Diva of the wonderful Australian tour company Travelling Divas.  Here, Andrea takes us on a decadently divalicious journey to Champagne…… The word ʻChampagneʼ always evokes a sense of excitement and celebration to those who are lovers of this divine drop. Mention […]

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Five reasons to visit the French city of Lyon

Hi Frugalistas! My latest post on Ma Vie Francaise sees me visit the French city of Lyon for the first time.  It was a visit full of surprises.  Why?  Find out here….. A bientot!

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Eating and drinking in Alsace

Hi Frugalistas! Friday fotos is a little late this week – but I’m sure it’s still Friday somewhere!  This week I’m off to Alsace, to finish my series on Colmar and the Route de Vins.  Alsace has a very specific traditional cuisine, and of course white wine (typically riesling) rules!  So join me on a […]

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