Lucy Wadham's first work of non-fiction is a candid and funny account of her long and tumultuous love affair with France, her adoptive land. The Secret Life of France ePub (Adobe DRM) can be read on any device that can open ePub (Adobe DRM) files. Anyone who loves books and bookshops and who visits France will not be able to miss the section on “art therapie” in every librarie (bookshop). On Amazon the book had received 556 5star reviews when I last looked and that’s no surprise.
At what age did you start to draw? My parents say I’ve been drawing since I was a toddler and could grasp a crayon or pencil.
I think your natural curiosity and inclination towards certain themes do lead you down certain paths, for example I love botanicals and will often flick through vintage seed catalogues, my Grandfather’s horticultural encyclopaedias or wander through a beautiful botanical garden.
My editor happened to come across a drawing of some owls in a tree that I’d created as a free to download desktop wallpaper. Initially my publishers wanted a traditional children’s colouring book but I was keen to make a more detailed book with intricate imagery aimed at adults. Do you have any idea why the French have fallen so deeply for your books? Believe me when I say no one is more surprised at how well received the books have been than I! I think perhaps the opportunity to loose yourself for an hour or so in a creative, analogue activity appeals to many people. Did you create the books as “art therapy” knowing that this activity can be soothing, relaxing? No not intentionally. What do YOU do to relax? I love the outdoors so pottering about in our garden, taking the dog for a walk, feeling the sun on my face and smelling the flowers in bloom are all blissful to me! What do you have planned for the future? My new book ‘Enchanted Forest’ was released spring 2015 so we are busy with the launch.
This is the story of the courage and sacrifice of the men and women who fought in the French Resistance (the Maquis) primarily in Southern France during WWII, by Pamela Eglinski.
Fontainebleau was the home to royalty for several centuries and as such, was shaped by many of them. The book cover reads “An elegant collection of over 100 recipes inspired by the City of Light” and I couldn’t agree more with the word elegant – from the content, the pictures and the lovely hard cover with a cut out cocktail glass, it’s a sumptuous book of cocktails. This is the story of how a mother and daughter discovered the world and a whole lot more via Paris… We’ll Always Have Paris by Jennifer Coburn is a brilliant read. Subscribe to our weekly newsletterPacked with great features, stories, expat interviews, information, upcoming events and ideas.
There are more than 1000 professional photographers in Paris so finding the right one to capture your special moment, whether that’s your wedding or your dream trip – it can be hard. Expats in Bordeaux: Justin and Vanessa Parr left Sydney, Australia for work in London and New York but it was France that captured their hearts. I’ve loved Champagne since I was 18 years old when a boyfriend whose middle name was Rutherford gave me a bottle of Moet et Chandon for my birthday.
Just a few short decades ago, those who moved to France tended to be older people taking retirement. Taking place in a Manhattan apartment building, Max's life as a favorite pet is turned upside down, when his owner brings home a sloppy mongrel named Duke.
Register so you can check out ratings by your friends, family members, and like-minded members of the FA community of users. Last week I decided to go for a drive on one of my favourite routes in France, the D940 coastal road from Calais to Boulogne-sur-Mer.
The D940 runs parallel with the auto route A16 (also known as L’Europeenne) which runs from Dunkerque to Paris.
In some ways this is good because it means the beautiful old road of the D940 is never crowded and keeps its good looks – think Cornwall with a French slant. The route goes up and down steep hills that give cyclists a real challenge and a thrill; the road winds round and round and takes in dramatic cliff top views across the English Channel, tiny little towns that boast a single shop (a boulangerie of course) and seaside resorts that are real gems.
Everybody who takes this route will find their own favourite place to walk, stop, eat and drink in the view. Will it be Audressselles, the pretty little fishing village with its quaint restaurants serving the freshest sea food available that tempts you to stop and soak in the ambience? Or will you fall in love with Wimereux with its Belle Epoque villas and its air of seaside grandeur?  A place to take in the sunset with an aperitif on a terrace on the beach – simply unforgettable. The D940 carries on the otherside of Boulogne, right round the coast to Berck-sur-Mer taking in more lovely  places like Le Touquet and Hardelot, the very swanky little seaside town much loved by Charles Dickens who lived here from 1860 to 1864.

The D940 Opal Coast road offers a diverse range of stunning views and quintessentially French experiences, an astonishingly rich rue to roam. Lille is like a miniature Paris, it has the same air of grandeur, there’s masses to see and do but it’s easier to get around and discover. Lens is a former mining town that over the last few decades has been busy reinventing itself.  Some of the most defining characteristics of the city are the enormous slag heaps that are a legacy of its mining days.
Every year the little hill top town of Montreuil-sur-Mer in the northern French department of Pas de Calais, holds an annual Painter’s Day and the whole town buzzes with colour as artists arrive to capture its lovely looks on paper for a day! DAILY NEWS New York News Politics Sports Entertainment Opinion Living Autos Search U.S. French President Francois Hollande cheated on his long-term girlfriend for at least two years, according to a new report. French gossip magazine Closer a€” which first broke news of the affair last week a€” sensationally alleged Friday that Hollande had been romancing actress Julie Gayet since his presidential run.
Hollande reportedly first met Gayet in 2011 when she was one of many celebrities who endorsed his Socialist campaign.
Gayet, according to the mag, was a€?impresseda€? by the a€?humble mana€? and enjoyed discussing films with him.
Gradually, Hollandea€™s girlfriend, Valerie Trierweiler, was left in the dust a€” though the end of their relationship was never ackowleged publicly.
A spokesman for Trierweiler told the Associated Press her condition was improving, and that her son had been her only visitor prior to Hollande. Hollande used a second apartment in the west of Paris to meet the 41-year-old actress, according to the magazine. It also stated the couple spent weekends away in the south of France and that Hollande swapped a vacation to Greece with Trierweiler, 48, for a secret getaway with his lover. Hollande, 59, has remained tight-lipped over the alleged affair and said Tuesday he needed time to decide who was France's First Lady. Trierweiler remains in hospital where she was admitted after details of the alleged affair emerged. At the age of eighteen Wadham ran away from English boys - who she found emotionally immature and sexually unconfident - and into the arms of a Frenchman. It’s the bit where you’ll find people discussing which book to buy with smiles on their faces and it’s a sure bet that many of them will plump for a piece of paper paradise by Johanna Basford, a young artist from Scotland.
Johanna Basford is an illustrator and ink evangelist who creates incredibly intricate and hand-drawn illustrations rooted in the flora and fauna that surrounds her home in rural Scotland. I think most creative people will agree that you tend to not seek out inspiration in specific places, more that you come across dozens of little snap shots of ideas every day which you file away in your subconscious to be called upon at a later date.
But likewise sometimes the best ideas come from a leaf I found stuck to the dog’s collar after his morning walk!
She liked it and dropped me an email to see if I’d be interested in making a colouring book. I’ve always worked in black and white and people have been telling me for years that they see my monochrome illustrations and want to colour them in.
When I started out on these projects my aim was only to make books that I myself would like to own and colour. I’m one of those people that always a list of exciting projects that I’m on the cusp of beginning! Perhaps yours readers can tweet me some suggestions of places I should visit that could inspire my next book?! I thought I was sophisticated, elegant and oh so posh with my heavy green bottle and its iconic label. These days it is connected to the mainland by a bridge but back in 1979 you got there by catching a ferry from La Pallice. It’s, perched on a hill so high that when a King and a Prince visited in 1828, they had to get out of their carriage and help push it to the top! They have to put their quarrels behind when they find out that an adorable white bunny named Snowball is building an army of abandoned pets determined to take revenge on all happy-owned pets and their owners. The millions of Brits who arrive each year in France via ferries and trains drive straight onto this main road that leads to the south. It starts at Calais and as soon as you get out of the town you notice an immediate difference as you reach the quiet and rather pretty little town of Sangatte.
All along its meandering course you’ll find local fishermen selling fresh mussels, shrimp, oysters, lobster, crab and all manner of seafood from pop up shops in their garages, gardens and front rooms.

Stand here on a clear day amongst the meadow flowers (and poppies at certain times of the year) and you’ll see the White Cliffs of Dover shimmering in the distance just 21 miles away. Places where you can picnic in absolute peace and watch the waves gently curl up on the beach and where the locals collect the water to make sea salt to sprinkle on their moules mariniere. There are genteel restaurants, lovely hotels, a fabulous equestrian centre, dunes, a chateau and gorgeous countryside that make this a little gem.
Lille is a really friendly and fun place that has a great cultural vibe and enormous gastronomic footprint plus more than a dozen renowned art venues.
We took a sharp detour west and for two delightful weeks we visited the Pays Basque, tucked in the southwest corner of France.
French President Hollandea€™s affair with actress lasted two years French gossip magazine Closer reported the affair began in 2011 when actress Julie Gayet endorsed Hollandea€™s presidential campaign. She soon discovered that romantic relationships in France were fraught with their own set of problems: not only do the French put women on a pedestal, but both sexes are required to act out the sort of seduction games that disappeared from English society centuries ago. It’s this imaginary filing cabinet of images, lyrics, ideas, sounds and even sometimes tastes that mingle together to form inspiration. We weren’t allowed to stay indoors staring at a screen and instead were encouraged to get outdoors and play. I think this is an excellent example of how personal projects and self initiated work that you put out into the world for free, can often lead to amazing new opportunities! At the time Colouring Books for Adults wasn’t the growing trend that it is now, so I’m delighted we went for it, took a risk and made something new!
I thought if I made something I loved, then hopefully a few other people would feel the same and buy it.
I think for some people sitting down with a blank sheet of paper and a pencil can be a little daunting, but a colouring book offers a gentle buffer. I’ve spent some time in Paris and loved all the beautiful architecture but the countryside with its flora and fauna will always be my preferred habitat! Back in the studio I’m getting to grips with becoming a mother (my daughter is 8 months old and doesn’t like to nap!) whilst working on my 3rd colouring book. A Day at Chateau de Fontainbleau is a beautifully illustrated book about the exceptionally well-preserved Chateau near Paris. There’s a long golden sandy beach and I’ve never seen anyone on it except once, there was a man with a fishing rod angling to catch his lunch! If you stop and chat and buy, they may tell you the history of their family and show you photographs and reveal their favourite ways to cook the fish. You might also see people chucking themselves off the cliff with coloured, nylon wings billowing out – this place is very popular with para gliders! Little white fishing cottages with blue shutters proudly define the origins of this place where to this day families keep the fishing tradition going fishing from Flobards, a type of wooden boat used here for many years which you’ll see pulling up on the beach filled with fishy bounty. The latest sordid details came as Hollande visited his longtime girlfriend Valerie Trierweiler for the first time since she was admitted to a Paris hospital shortly before news of the affair broke. This kind of ‘free range’ childhood; building dens, inventing monsters to slay and castles to conquer all helped to cultivate a wild sense of imagination and narrative that I think play a big part in my work.
I think of the colouring books as collaboration between myself and the people that buy the books.
I know that when I’m creating the artwork I feel completely absorbed in what I’m doing, it’s like being in a bubble. Or perhaps you’ll enjoy the sight of riders from the ancient equestrian centre over the road, letting their horses enjoy the fresh air and the views. That wonderful sense of being engrossed in a task, of being ‘in flow’ is so fulfilling and how I imagine people feel when colouring the drawings.
Trierweiler reportedly took a€?one pill too manya€? when she learned news of her husbanda€™s affair was about to break.
Twenty-five years later, having married in a French Catholic church, put her children through the French education system and divorced in a French court of law, Wadham examines the profound and varied differences between the Anglo-Saxon and French worldviews.
Using her own experience, as a wife and mother, and later as an investigative journalist for the BBC, Wadham explores French attitudes towards sex, marriage, adultery, money, work, happiness, war and race, and in so doing reveals much about our own priorities and the nature of our identity. The Secret Life of France challenges our preconceptions and debunks many of the myths - bleak and rosy - on which our view of France rests.

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