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French but with Eastern European origins, I am married to a Greek and live in the UK. After 15 years in advertising I felt like putting my own creativity to the test via The Continental Touch www.continentaltouch.com

  • La Bise…

    Or one about kissing in France! One of my cousins sent me this video by Paul Taylor, a British comedian. It is ALL true. And I must admit we had a good laugh at home, while watching it. In France,… Read More ›

  • The Galette des Rois

    On or around the 6th of January, to celebrate the 12th day of Christmas also known as the Epiphany, and to mark the end of the Christmas celebrations, we share La galette des Rois (the Kings’ pie), a puff pastry… Read More ›

  • The Bredele contest is on!

    Tonight, a couple of cousins turned up with presents for the kids and a plate of their very own Christmas bredele, nicely wrapped, on a beautiful plate. We are tucking in as I type. The Spritz Bredele contest continues. And… Read More ›

  • Christmas and Boxing Day

    Christmas and Boxing Day were truly about sharing: 1. Best wishes via cards, text messages, e-mails or Facebook. For obvious reasons, one extremely kind message from Muslim friends in Iran particularly touched me this year. 2. Time with elderly people… Read More ›

  • Christmas Eve

    In a little village far far away, close to the German border, Christmas Eve is one of the most anticipated events of the year. This time around, we brought with us a great British tradition. Our girls would not let… Read More ›

  • Christmas lights

    Or when the Continental Touch goes wild… Christmas lights originated in 19th century Germany, in christian homes. Back then, a tree was lit with candles in upper middle classes homes. The illuminated Christmas tree started appearing in the United Kingdom… Read More ›

  • Christmas food shopping 

    ‘French supermarkets are crazy’, declared my husband after a short trip to one of the most popular shops in ‘my’ area. Its size, the range of products available, having to queue for twenty minutes in front of the fish monger section… Read More ›