I bought a mini medieval manor here in France. A real doer upper. Come join in the fun.

What’s it like buying a home all your own in France? Well, grab a cup of tea (or wine), have a sit and let me tell you about my mini medieval manor. This past year was spent working hard on a hotel barge on the Burgundy Canal. From March untilContinue Reading

What's it like cruising the Burgundy canal in France. The good, the bad and the ugly. Let's delve here at PumpjackPiddlewick

This year I took the leap back into tourism with a chance to work for European Waterways on their canal barges. I started in March aboard l’Impressionniste, a ‘peniche’ (very specific French word for Dutch style barge made into a floating hotel) which cruises the Burgundy Canal. France has manyContinue Reading

I discover why petanque is so popular here in France. Let's find out here at PumpjackPiddlewick

There is a game in France that is popular throughout the country. I think it may even be the most popular game here. It is called Petanque. Yes, I would argue it is even more popular than football or rugby. This is because those are spectator sports, with only aContinue Reading

What is reverse xenophobia and is it found in France we ask at PumpjackPiddlewick

I have come across something new – reverse xenophopia.If you have never (knowingly) encountered ‘xenophobia’ – it is the fear or dislike of anything perceived as foreign. As someone who has lived in many countries, I have encountered xenophobia here and there. A neighbour in the UK who would onlyContinue Reading

Exploring misconceptions about France with PumpjackPiddlewick

I manage a Facebook group about France and get asked regularly about stereotypes and misconceptions. There are truly a lot of outdated if not completely untrue myths about France and the French people. I have even encountered it myself in travel wise friends. A little while ago, I had peopleContinue Reading