France is much bigger than England, yet the coast is just 20 miles away, if you live in Kent. Our Gallic friends have a culture that’s far more focused on walking and good food (although it also produces some of the most cruel foods on earth (pate de foie gras, for instance which is still legal to sell in England, although illegal to produce). But overall, there’s lots to love including the beautiful language. Here are inspirational resources to check out:
Putumayo is a world music label, and offers lovely downloadable albums from the best compilations of artists. Check out their vintage French songs (once you discover this label, you’ll likely not listen to much else!)
Balade en Provence is a lovely company that makes beautiful bars and solid night creams, sold with cheap fast chipping. Everything is vegan and free from palm oil, in zero waste packaging. Avoid essential oils for pregnancy/nursing and keep away from pets/children – avoid shea butter for latex allergies.
Le Vegan Boulangerie!
One point to note is that in France, good bread is so integral to daily life, that bakers are not allowed to take holidays at the same time! Fougasse (Lands & Flavors) is a nice French-inspired bread with Provence herbs. Keep fresh bread dough and other toxic ingredients (garlic, dried fruits etc) away from pets.