Why book through us?
  • No extra costs
  • Bonuses available only to our clients
  • Personalised advice and assistance
  • Personally vetted accommodation
  • Free driving in France guide
  • We love France and hope you will too !!

les-fleurons-amboise-from-royal-chateau-2Les Fleurons  is a delightful 17th century townhouse in the centre of the historic part of Amboise in the heart of the Loire region. It’s located with the Loire river on one side and the Royal Château just across the narrow street. There are views from all the rooms, either across the river or to the Château ramparts. Les Fleurons is ideally situated within just a few moments stroll to excellent restaurants, shops and the market. Both the Royal Château and Leonardo da Vinci’s small château – Clos Lucé – are also an easy walk.  Amboise offers the perfect base for visiting the châteaux of the Loire (e.g. Chenonceau, Chambord) and local vineyards. The town is only just over 2 hours drive from Paris, and fast trains take you  to nearby Tours.

Testimonials - French Lessons
French Collection
“Ms Bird’s enthusiasm for French is infectious! She inspires her students with her passion.  She is flexible with lesson timing; will run late to finish off a topic rather than stop sharp at the end of the lesson time; and is in frequent email contact between lessons, providing continuous support. Apart from her excellent language and teaching skills, Ms Bird is a genuinely caring and warm person.  Studying with her was an eagerly anticipated weekly delight.  She gave me a great sense of confidence in my HSC French exam.”
Testimonials - Accommodation
French Collection
Paris - Left Bank: The staff at Minerve were very friendly and helped us with all our bookings and plans during our stay. I have recommended the hotel to friends since!

Accommodation/Barges in France
& French Classes

The French Collection is your entrée to Accommodation and Barging in France plus French Classes.

French Classes & Lessons

We provide French Classes in Sydney (Epping) and the Central Coast, NSW.  In addition, we can facilitate French immersion classes in Paris.  The classes are led by Gay Bird – an experienced teacher who is fluent in French and loves everything to do with France and the French. The many testimonials from her students demonstrate just how well her French lessons are received.   These French Classes operate for absolute beginners, for those wishing to brush-up on their French and for those wishing to have basic French in place prior to travelling to France.  As well, Gay teaches French for HSC students and she takes advanced French for those who are studying at university levels. For more information, please contact us.

Accommodation in France

We spend time every year in France, adding new accommodation options across France, and checking that our existing accommodation partners in France are maintaining their standards. Thus, our Accommodation in France partners have been personally vetted by us for quality and service. The accommodation caters for most budgets and includes B&B’s, châteaux and hotels. We particularly focus on accommodation in Provence, Dordogne, Burgundy, Loire, Pyrénées and the World War 1 region of Picardie/Somme. Many of our Accommodation in France partners offer complimentary bonuses for French Collection clients only.

Barging in France (& Europe)

With our partner who has over 20 years experience as a barge operator and tour organiser, we can assist in finding the right canal or river cruise to suit your interest, budget and style. Please see our Barging page.

Tips and Tricks for Enjoying France

We also offer insights into how to best enjoy your French travel experience and avoid the pitfalls that others have made.  These cover driving in France, understanding French wines, money matters, mobiles, advice on restaurants, weather and many other aspects.

Please enjoy our site and  we’d be delighted to have any feedback you might offer.
Regards Gay & Chris Bird

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What’s new:

Cruise the French Canals

Savoir-VivreWe are delighted to announce a new partnership with CanalBargeCruises.  They specialise in cruises and barging across Europe. From our personal experience on Savoir Vivre, we highly recommend them – for us, it was a week we’ll always treasure cruising the canals of Burgundy. See our Barging page …


French classes for Term 1, 2018 will commence in February. On offer are classes for Beginners, Intermediate and Continuers. Classes are held in the day and evening at Killcare, on the Central Coast.   Please contact us  as soon as possible to reserve your place for future classes. Classes are no longer held in Sydney.


French Win Cricket Silver Medal at Olympics

No it’s not a mistake, but it is old news !!  France did indeed win an Olympic silver medal in cricket at the 1900 Games held in Paris. But they have never even been close to qualifying for the Cricket World Cup and are currently the 10th ranked European nation in World Cup style 50-over cricket.  For more info go here.


ANZAC Day – Villers Bretonneux Accommodation

With 2018 being the 100th year after the end of WW1, ANZAC Day commemorations in France and especially Villers Bretonneux will have heightened interest. We have an ideal place for you to stay near Villers at Château d’Omiecourt.


Upcoming Events

Major events include:

  • Vaison La Romaine (Provence): Georges Brassers Festival (May)
  • Sarlat (Dordogne): Journée du Terroir – 2 day local produce market (May)
  • Paris:  French Open, Tennis (June)
  • Strasbourg: International Music Festival (June)
  • Montpellier: International Dance Festival (June)
  • Dinan (Brittany): Fête des Remparts (medieval)  (July)

See our Festivals site for more information, plus see our Posts under News for great tips and tricks.





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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) / Doctors Without Borders Australia