Thank you for being interested in this site about France.
About France and me
My name is Sebastien. I am born in France, near Saint-Etienne, close to where ‘La Loire’ sprouts.
My French father and Dutch mother unfortunately divorced soon after my birth. Thus I grew up in between two almost incompatible cultures : the Dutch and the French.
After growing up in Holland, at 24, I left to start life again, in France, my birth country. I had been visiting for holidays, but now I became French citizen. A fascinating social and cultural discovery began.
I learned to be social, work hard and study much. I learned to be open and interested in other people and cultures.
France is very international. I traveled, met many different cultures and learned new ways of seeing and relating to things.
It was difficult though. For years I struggled to come to understand the general mentality. Through my Dutch education, I am naturally closer to the Anglo-American make-up than the French one. French lifestyle is different and not easy to integrate for non-French people.
“L’Art de vivre” (The Art of living) as the French say, is a mystery that they have definitively developed according to their taste and finesse. “Haute culture” (high culture) and base brut behavior are part of the French common scene. Although they’ve always been hospitable and generous, in some core layers of their social connections, the mystery remains covered. L’art de vivre seems to be reserved for the authentic French root. My struggle and fascination to fathom it, is the drive behind this site.
About the site
The site is in its beginning stage. I am working on structure, layouts and articles.
I love artistic expressions and do not want to be a algorithm-driven touristic information database. You won’t get a list of 24,000 results on a search. In France, there is simply too much to do and to discover, to put everything into one website and give it proper attention.
I try to do things the French way, on the feel of it, with a sense of balance and harmony. I make selections, write about places and events. Parallel to that, you will have opportunity to find nearby villas, hopefully to spent a legendary time.
There are 3 Sections
Looking at villas, one by one, going through pictures and descriptions.
Discover places, regions and cities,
along with touristic events.
Or have a look through a list of touristic activities to stimulate ideas for your stay.