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MACARONS IN MELBOURNE

Did you know that Ladurée sells over 4 million macarons? That’s just short of the population in Melbourne! History The Macaron first originated in 8th-century Venice where it was popular in monasteries. It was brought to France during the Renaissance by Catherine de Medici when she married Henry II of France; the pastry chefs she […]

REDISCOVER MONET AND THE FRENCH IMPRESSIONISTS AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA THIS WINTER

There was palpable excitement amongst viewers as I entered the first room of the French Impressionism exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV).  Yet, you may wonder what this current Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition might offer the viewer that hasn’t been seen before. I can assure you the NGV’s exhibition will help you rediscover […]

THE HISTORY OF THE FRENCH STRIPED SHIRT CALLED THE MARINIERE

When we think of French iconic objects, the blue and white stripes of a Breton shirt or marinière, immediately come to mind. From the French Navy’s uniform to the humble holiday shirt, and Jean-Paul Gaultier’s collections, the striped jersey seems to be in the wardrobe of every French person or Francophile! It is true that, […]