Did you know that church bells ring out everyday throughout France – apart from Maundy Thursday, the day before Good Friday?
Although its origins are a little hazy, many believe that the tradition of April Fool’s Day was actually born in France in the 16th century.
When Pélage II was carried off by the plague on February 8, 590, Grégoire was elected Pope. Rome was ravaged by the plague and threatened by famine and flood, so Grégoire organised prayers and processions to boost morale.
International Women’s Day 2019 will be held on Friday 8th March, with activities taking place throughout the whole week #BalanceforBetter in attaining gender equality.
Traditional Chinese Medicinal practitioners have long revered the bark, leaves and flowers for its health benefits and yet there is little modern research on this tree which was also used by the ancient Mayans for trauma injuries and burns.
Superstition? Yes, maybe….but they’re not quite as silly as they seem! As we know, the history of France is jam-packed with intrigue, suspicion, passion, poison, and mysterious death.
The small town of Toulouges was chosen by the church in 1027 for the signing of the ‘Truce of God’ (Treuga Dei), an attempt to limit violence in a feudal society where the smallest disputes between lords and knights, and even whole counties were regularly settled by war and violence.
We all know a chauvinist pig or two don’t we ladies – a gentleman who has a ‘prejudiced belief in the superiority of his own gender’?
As Saint Valentine’s Day approaches, did you know that there is a little village called Saint Valentin in Indre, in the Val de Loire?
The entire population of the former village of Vallsera, (Balcera) near les Angles, was wiped out by the Black Death at the beginning of the XIV century…..