The Guillotine… some fascinating and gruesome facts

The Guillotine… it gives most people the shivers just thinking about it. Countless victims, young and old, had their heads chopped off during the years of the French Revolution, mainly because they had a title, wealth or were against social change. No one knows the number of deaths across France during that time, not just…

It’s July… that means Bastille Day in France

July 14th is Bastille Day in France, and the most famous French national holiday. It celebrates the storming of the Bastille—a military fortress and prison in Paris — on July 14, 1789, in a violent uprising that people generally consider to be the flashpoint which heralded the start of the French Revolution. At the time,…

Christmas nibbles…

Did you know… that traditional Christmas nibble we love to have with our tea, coffee, or glass of sherry or two… in other words: mince pies… were originally filled with meat, such as lamb, rather than the dried fruit and spices (and brandy!) mix we’re more familiar with today? They were also first made in…