French Findings

Life in France is more than foie gras, pinot noir and smelly cheeses. There is French paperwork to speak of one of the evils. In our French Findings we talk of cultural differences, the funny and the sad, what we love about France and some of the weird and wonderful things we have discovered being here.

Come and discover our French Findings…

International Travel Minimalist Packing with Pumpjack Piddlewick

Minimalist packing is all about planning not about how long you are going. I am off on a little adventure to the UsofA, leaving poor Pumpjack behind to take care of our animals. I have booked WOW airlines (a first), Paris to Boston via Iceland. Personally, if I can’t goRead More →

Buying a new home in France with Pumpjack Piddlewick

Pumpjack & Piddlewick have moved! Nope, not the website sort of move, but the physical, moving house, new home sort of move. Our Dream in coming to France has been focused on wine making (underway), setting up our own businesses (*details at bottom), improving our French (could be better, butRead More →

When in France you must do an Apero Featured Blog Posts at PumpjackPiddlewick

Half the fun of learning about living in a different country is learning ‘the ways’ of it, e.g. ‘what do the French do?’ Well the French do an Apero. Qu’est-ce que c’est? An Apero is a little like Spanish tapas. That is, it’s a drink and a nibble in theRead More →

Stereotypes and Misconceptions about France and French People | Pumpjack & Piddlewick

We recently had people visit, visitors who generally travelled a lot but hadn’t been to France in years, and when they had been it was always Paris. This was their first trip to the countryside of France. And they couldn’t get over the difference. The French were actually friendly, andRead More →