Taking a look at the best France bloggers counts as one of the most entertaining ways to get real insight into the country. Our blog readers obviously think so too because our top 10 blogs about France 2016 published last year is one of our most popular posts. So popular in fact that we’ve decided to revisit the listing for 2017.
In this year’s round-up, you’ll find some old favourites along with some new kids on the blogosphere. In fact, we had to extend the list to 12 French blogs because we couldn’t whittle our favourites down to 10!
As usual, we cover destination-specific blogs, travel sites, foodie ideas and language-learning corners as well as blogs offering expat information. Whatever your interest in France we think our 2017 best blogs about France will give you some great inspiration as well as an irresistible urge to visit. Amusez-vous!
À votre santé France bloggers!
French wine obviously has to put in an appearance on a list of the best France bloggers and our chosen entry ranks among the best. We featured Wine Terroirs, run by freelance photographer and wine aficionado Bertrand Celce, last year. 12 months later, his blog comes just as packed full to the brim of interesting facts and tips about French wine.
Bertrand is also listed as one of the top seven best wine bloggers for Food & Wine magazine so we’re obviously all on the same page with this one! We love his wine reviews in the Wine News section plus the long list of anecdotes. Bertrand recently discovered that until 1956, wine was served at French school lunches – diluted with water for primary and neat for secondary. Cheers!
(Definitely not) Lost in Cheeseland
Travel writer Lindsey’s Lost in Cheeseland blog centres on Paris with occasional sojourns to other parts of France. There’s a good sprinkling of travel posts – great tips for must-dos with kids in Paris and a good rise to the challenge of 24 hours in the city – plus the Franco File Fridays series featuring interviews with expats who share a love of France.
But it’s food where Lindsey, who hails (appropriately) from Philadelphia, excels. Every foodie post comes accompanied by mouth-watering photos (no wonder she has nearly 70k followers on Instagram) and we wanted to go on her Paris Pastry Crawl right away. There are great tips for the best coffee in Paris and a listing of Lindsey’s favourite restaurants, including some without those often unfriendly-on-your-wallet Paris prices.
From Languedoc to Paris via 200+ cheeses
Chez Loulou began life in 2006 when American Loulou (aka Jennifer) moved to Languedoc-Roussillon before ending up in Paris via Calvados in Normandy. In Paris, this blog has taken on a mostly reflective stance – we loved the photos. But previous entries go practical with a long look at becoming a French citizen and some useful posts on the cost of living in France (although these could do with a bit of an update).
But where Loulou comes into her own is cheese tasting. She originally set out to try every single French fromage, no mean feat in probably the world’s biggest cheese producing country. She’s now well down the list on number 223. Each cheese tasting blog entry comes with a lip-smacking photo and some good tips for pairing the cheese with a glass of wine or deux.
France Comme Ci
Marcus Smith’s blog was one of our top 10 blogs about France last year and it’s so useful we just had to include it again. France This Way is obviously growing up because it includes advice on how to learn to drive in France for teens and a great fun post called ‘Why are the French so skinny?’.
As well as lots of advice on life in France, we also love the guides to the regions. They’re all there – Burgundy, Provence, Loire Valley, Cote d’Azur – and come with all the essential information you need to plan a proper visit. If you haven’t planned and need some inspiration, the ‘Holiday Ideas’ section offers a long list of places to get your travel bug going. And if you fancy practising your French before you visit, just click on the Version Française.
Keeping up with Provence
American Julie Mautner’s The Provence Post featured on our list of best France bloggers last year and she’s back for 2017 simply because her ‘what’s on in Provence’ information is second to none. When you’re planning a holiday it’s super useful to know what’s on while you’re there and The Provence Post does just that. Starting at the Major Events and Festivals in Provence in 2017 listing, you can check what’s on, where and when.
Julie goes the extra mile with additional information plus dedicated blog posts for these events too. How’s that for planning ahead? And if you aren’t lucky enough to be going on holiday in Provence, take a tour round the blog. Each post comes jam packed with photos that transport you away from your PC or tablet into the sights, sounds and most of all, scents of Provence.
Literally everything en France
It isn’t often a blog covers quite as much and as well as this one, but The Good Life France takes the whole country well into its stride. Whether you’re looking for the best parks in Paris, serving a dinner French-style, chateau hopping in the Loire or simply interested in new attractions anywhere in France, this is your go-to blog. All the main tourist regions feature on the website with lots of ideas for holiday activities.
You also find out about French culture, gastronomy and the language. If you want to keep bang up-to-date with what’s new in France, you can subscribe to the weekly newsletter or get the latest The Good Life France magazine, published quarterly in pdf format and downloadable free. Now, surely that’s the good life?
Or probably not so invisible now since Tim Pike’s blog featured on our listing last year! Tim, a photographer and yellow bike rider from England, provides a unique take on the city of Bordeaux and its attractions – all those things not on the postcards. He provides great alternative information on one of the most visited cities in France.
Via Invisible Bordeaux he doesn’t just take you off the beaten track but includes the essential things to see too so you can combine the Wallace fountains with the Miroir d’Eau, say. Tim has ventured beyond Bordeaux since last year and now covers Invisible Gironde where he also lists interesting must-see spots. The blog comes with useful interactive maps and self-guided walks, available as downloadable pdfs.
Bonjour Paris and hello history
As one of the first blogs passionately sharing travel and tourism know-how on France, Bonjour Paris hits the list this year for its commitment and detail to Paris and a penchant for a backstory or two. Sue Aran’s monthly post delves into the history of French icons like the Marquis de Lafayette and Madame de Pompadour. Daily posts on a Parisian theme work for locals and tourists alike.
From Paris apartments for sale, to restaurants you can book for brunch rather than queue down the street waiting for a table, you’ll want this blog bookmarked for your next trip to France’s first city. The currency of the content is perhaps the most exciting – there aren’t just Paris restaurant recommendations listed here, there are restaurants to visit this month before your friends all ask “have you eaten at … yet? You really must…” The information is as fresh as fresh can be, just like the croissants Sue might have had for breakfast this morning.
Slow travel en France
Sue Aran’s own slow travel blog French Country Adventures is well worth a read too, preferably over a crisp glass of sauvignon. From her deep joy at living in southwestern France and sharing it with readers and visitors alike, to her philosophical ponderings, you’re left with a warmth for France and an eagerness to see it at a gentle pace.
The slow travel philosophy is in parallel to the slow food movement that encourages one to stop, savour, absorb and hold on to that moment and what it has to offer. If ever you needed reassuring that travel creates life experiences, read the blog on French Country Adventures. Tales from the French countryside will have you grounded and back in touch with perspective in no time. Now all you have to do is act on it…
One word at a time
As one of the words from March would have it, rebelote! Here we go again, because this is another blog about France from our 2016 listing. But this is such a gem for learning French beyond the run-of-the-mill language classes we couldn’t possibly not include it. Blog owner Kristi posts a new word or expression daily, teaches you how to pronounce it via the handy audio download (her husband Jean Marc provides the perfect French) and then puts the word of the day into context in a short article.
From French Word A Day You can also download audios on mastering French vocabulary and while you’re there, catch up with Kristi’s two children who, although they spoke French after she did, have the advantage of being bilingual.
Shhh, don’t tell anyone else
Written for tourists and residents, Secrets of Paris reveals much, much more about the City of Light than your average tourist guide. This is a blog that takes you right off the beaten trail and to places known only to Parisians, who incidentally don’t take their visitors to the Eiffel Tower. But if you do want to marvel at La Tour Eiffel on your trip, American and long-time expat Heather has some great tips on how to save money on tickets and get in first.
Since Secrets in Paris appeared in our listing of France bloggers last year, she has been joined by Scott Dominic Carpenter who takes a fun look at things to do in Paris and a tongue-in-cheek view of French current affairs. We chuckled all the way through his take on the May 2017 presidential candidate line-up. And LOLs apart, another great feature of this France blogger is the monthly calendar packed with things to do and see in Paris.
You too can cook French food
French food tastes nothing short of delicious so it’s great to find a blog showing you how to cook it. And to do it “the easy way”. The words “this is a cinch” that appear when opening the roast guinea hen with fresh sage recipe were certainly music to our ears. Everyday French Chef owner Meg Bortin definitely made it sound doable even for amateur chefs.
Meg aims to make French cuisine cookable for everyone – we loved the useful list of kitchen equipment (all reassuringly familiar) and the even longer list of recipes complete the menu suggestions. If you’re going the whole hog (and there’s probably a recipe for one on the site), take a look at the Gala Dinner menus and seriously impress your guests. Bon appétit!
And that’s a wrap of France bloggers for 2017 – we hope you enjoy reading their regular posts about life and their passions in France.