Is this the only marathon on earth where you get a hangover the very next day?

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 8 October 2015

Not into fitness? Can’t even imagine running a marathon? Love your wine? Then head to France — the town of Pauillac, to be exact — and sign up for the Marathon du Medoc. This is a marathon that encourages you to drink as you make your way along the wine country.

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This artist’s home is covered in art from the inside out

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Monday 28 September 2015

Artist Danielle Jacqui sure knows how to get attention! Her home has become somewhat of a tourist attraction in the town of Roquevaire because its entire facade is covered with colourful art (that has changed in appearance at least four times now).

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France orders supermarkets to give away unsold food to charities under a new law

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Tuesday 16 June 2015

Food wastage is getting out of hand these days, but the French national assembly has just voted unanimously to pass legislation that forces supermarkets to give away unsold food to charities (or for animal feed) to make sure nothing goes to waste.

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French court rules Nutella is not a girl’s name

Rachel Oakley Contributor

By Rachel Oakley in News on Friday 30 January 2015

If you live in France and planning to name your baby girl Nutella, you’re out of luck. A French court recently barred a couple from naming them after the hazelnut chocolate spread, saying that ‘the first name Nutella, given to the child, is that of the commercial brand of a spread’.

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The perfect getaway at Château les Merles, in Southwest France

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By Zac in Cool Travel on Thursday 24 July 2014

The majestic Château les Merles in southwest France has everything you could require in terms of luxury, relaxation and good-eating. Located in the region of Dordogne, so named for the mighty river that runs through its hills, Château les Merles is perfectly situated among the famous vineyards and medieval landscapes that have so entranced European […]

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A skywalk above the French Alps

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Tuesday 24 December 2013

If you plan to conquer your fear of heights in the near future, head on over to the French Alps and do it like the French. Located atop the Aiguille du Midi mountain is a glass structure that peers out over the ledge, letting you walk over and see the kilometre long drop. It’s called […]

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French daily strips its pictures out to highlight need for real photography

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By Low Lai Chow in New Photography on Tuesday 19 November 2013

French newspaper Libération recently replaced all the pictures of its Nov 14 edition with white space to illustrate just how important good photography is at a time when everyone is taking pictures. As the paper explained, ‘To choose Paris Photo’s opening day to ‘install’ these white images highlights our commitment to photography. It’s not a […]

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Old school graffiti by French team Da Mental Vaporz

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By Mareike Muller in New Art on Monday 18 November 2013

Nowadays, everyone calls the paintings and writings done in the streets generically ‘street art’ and no longer ‘graffiti’. But it´s time to go back to the roots and to take a closer look at the original graffiti style. The term was officially established during the 1980s and characterized artworks mostly done illegally and with spray-paint.

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Look what just washed up on the beach: a pop-up library

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 18 September 2013

A mobile library has popped up in the southern French town of Istres on the beach of Romaniquette. Dubbed Bibliotheque de Plage, it’s the creation of industrial designer Matali Crasset, who worked with the Istres municipal library to encourage book reading and borrowing. Nothing beats basking in the sun by the beach with a book […]

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2,000 piece installation with a social message in Nantes

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Art on Friday 13 September 2013

This amazing 2,000-piece installation at Place du Bouffait in Nantes is a stunning’”metaphor for the collapse of capitalism and the side effects of progress’. The installation is especially powerful at night, with the businessmen figures taking on an almost haunting presence. It’s a beautiful artwork with an important social message.

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The annual Menton Citrus Festival

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By Eugenia Viti in New Events on Tuesday 3 September 2013

Menton, a town on the French Riviera, is famous for its beautiful gardens, but it also has a magnificent citrus festival each year.

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Phoenix perform at the Le Chateau de Versailles

Darwin Cosico Contributor

By Darwin Cosico in New Music on Monday 2 September 2013

French outfit Phoenix recently performed a session for the website La Blogothèque’s long-running Take Away Shows series, in which the band perform a stripped-down rendition of their track, Entertainment, off their fifth studio album Bankrupt!. The video was filmed at dawn in the empty gardens of Le Chateau de Versailles. It was filmed with a drone, in one continuous […]

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SPONSORED: France RockCorps highlights

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By Cormack O'Connor in New Music on Saturday 16 March 2013

If you haven’t put up your hand to volunteer four hours of time in exchange for a ticket to the RockCorps gig at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney, you really should. Guy Sebastian, The Script and Tinie Tempah are coming to Sydney on April 11 to play a gig for all of the volunteers that […]

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Renegade Bass Party in the farmlands of France

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By Philthkids in New Events on Wednesday 13 March 2013

My trip to Paris brought me to some incredible realizations. One, Parisians are crazy. Two, they know how to throw illegal parties. This particular event was entitled Zen Guerrilla and it took place in some farmlands 45 minutes outside of Nantes. We arrived in the afternoon; the circus tent had been erected earlier that morning. […]

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Foam party at a chapel

Low Lai Chow Contributor

By Low Lai Chow in New Art on Saturday 23 February 2013

French artist Michel Blazy staged his Bouquet Final installation at a French medieval chapel with foam spewing forth from a metal structure that generates foam non-stop. It’s supposed to convey the message that art cannot be pickled and canned — it has to be experienced. Wonder if anyone skipped past through these skimpy Do-Not-Cross barriers […]

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