There’s something about France and French culture that makes people from all over the world fall in love. Maybe it’s the food, the wine, the music or the countryside that has us turning all googly-eyed, or perhaps it’s simply the way of life in this beautiful part of the world.
Whatever it was that made you fall in love with French culture, chances are that you spend a lot of your days wishing you were back in France. You’re stuck at work or in traffic and you’d much rather be strolling the banks of the Seine, savouring a delicious red in a boutique Bordeaux vineyard, enjoying some fine dining in a Parisian bistro, marvelling at Mont St-Michel, soaking up sun and glamour in Nice or indulging in one of thousands of other quintessentially French experiences.
But until someone invents cheap teleportation as a form of transport, popping over to France whenever you feel like it will be beyond the reach of most Australians. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a little bit of France down under and infuse French culture into your everyday life. Here’s how.
1. Meals the French way. Food, glorious food — the French know how to enjoy their cuisine properly at every meal. While many of us in the western world seem to view eating as little more than a race to the finish line, meals in France are an experience to be savoured. It’s about slow food rather than fast food, as well as relaxed conversation, a nice bottle of wine and an intimate social gathering. Meals should be events that last hours, regardless of whether you’re planning a dinner for your extended family or just a couple’s evening at home. Get your best china out, set the table and cook up some delicious French food — it’s a whole lot better than heating up a frozen dinner to eat in front of the TV.
2. Show your passion. Perhaps it’s our history as a British colony that explains why we can be so polite and reserved in certain situations, but the French aren’t afraid to wear hearts on sleeves and show their passion. Think public displays of affection, spirited mealtime debates and a willingness to embrace the sensual side of life. If you want to French-ify your days, start letting your feelings show.
3. Speak the language. What better way to French up your life than to learn the language of love? There are literally hundreds of phrases that just sound so much better when uttered in French rather than English, so try wrapping your tongue around the basics of the native language. Drop ‘bonjours’ and ‘mercis’ into your everyday conversation, study French books and listen to French podcasts. You’ll feel a little more French on the inside with every passing day.
4. Watch French movies. France has a thriving film industry and a long list of titles worth watching, so switch on those English subtitles and settle down for a dose of French culture. If you prefer to watch movies rather than read them, track down an American or English movie set in France. Then you can drool over everything from Paris streetscapes to the vineyards of Provence or the beautiful beaches of the French Riviera. However, perhaps the best scenic tour of France can be had by watching Le Tour De France. Whether you’re interested in cycling or not, the beautiful landscapes the Tour traverses will have you gazing at your TV screen in wonder late into chilly July nights.
5. Eat French cheese, eat French bread, drink French wine. French food is adored all around the world, with everything from the humble baguette to the country’s several hundred varieties of cheese garnering worldwide fame. Seek out a French patisserie or specialty cheese shop to find the best of French food. Eat some smelly cheese, indulge in a buttery croissant, treat your senses to the simple delight of a fresh baguette, and wash it all down with a glass or two of exquisite French red wine.
6. Accessorise. From the kitchen to the bedroom, the living room and even the garden, we can help you bring a little bit of French flair into your home. From kitchenware to stylish home décor, we bring an eclectic selection of the freshest and hottest French products to Australia. So let TENDANCE etc help you add a touch of France to your everyday life.