Discover the fete de vendange in France with PumpjackPiddlewick

October, or at least some time in October, signals the end of grape harvest (Vendange) here in France. Depending on how early, or late, the harvest began will determine how early or late in autumn it comes to a conclusion. But ultimately, October signals it’s time for the Fete deContinue 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

We review 2 books on wine and war in France, 1 fiction and 1 non-fiction at PumpjackPiddlewick

Interestingly I was given a book recently – The Lost Vintage by Ann Mah. And at the same time Wine and War, by Donald and Petie Kladstrup, was recommended to me. I read them both, and can recommend them both. Wine and War Wine and War is a non-fictional book.Continue 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 There are truly a lot of outdated if not completely untrue myths about France and the French people.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