I receive quite a few questions about French toilets. So let's see if I can answer yours here at PumpjackPiddlewick

I have been thinking about French toilets. Don’t we all? Okay, maybe not most of you. But I have discovered as a guide, that it turns out many visitors to France have questions about them. So let’s see if I can answer some… A Little History Toilets started life asContinue Reading

Is it always quiet in France or is it in fact a noisy country. We look at the rules and etiquette of France noise levels here at PumpjackPiddlewick

Something I’ve noticed and started to get used to is that it’s really quite quiet in France. That’s not to say there is not any noise. But the noise level here is certainly reduced. On many fronts. And maybe that is what lends itself to the ‘French lifestyle’? Cities vsContinue Reading

Why is Vintage special? I give 7 reasons why to go vintage at PumpjackPiddlewick

I am very into old stuff. I simply love vintage and antiques. Always have done. But why, what’s so special about them, you may ask? I have heard, or overheard, sometimes that some people don’t like the idea of buying what others have owned, worn or used. Now if thatContinue Reading

If you are learning French then cognates can make learning much easier. I look at how here at PumpjackPiddlewick

When I began learning French I quickly discovered that there were many words I already knew. Result! In fact there are many many words that are actually the same. Same spelling, same meaning, just different pronunciation. Yes, this is where you get to put on your best French accent andContinue Reading

I am forcing my French to improve by immersing myself with no other option but to learn faster here at PumpjackPiddlewick

That’s right, I am forcing my French. This is not for the feint hearted. Don’t try this at home. At least if you aren’t visiting or don’t live in France. I am in need of, as well as desirous of, improving my French. Fast. And I have taken a certainContinue Reading