Holidays and Things to do

Sarlat Dordogne In Photos

Sarlat Dordogne In Photos

Written by on August 7, 2016 in Aquitaine, Photo gallery, Places to Go

Sarlat is a town that has retained its ancient good looks to a quite astounding level. Sarlat, or to give it its full name – Sarlat-la-Canéda, is a little bit off the beaten-track and all the better for it. In fact it was very much off the beaten track for almost two centuries from the […]

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Aire-sur-la-Lys Relaxing French Holiday Destination

Aire-sur-la-Lys Relaxing French Holiday Destination

Glass of bubbly in hand, I find myself relaxing by the waterside, soaking up the sun next to the hubby, while our two children play happily together in a field full of daisies. I know what you’re thinking – I must be recounting a dream. Well, you’d be wrong. This was a real, idyllic and picturesque […]

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Lovely holiday home to rent near Beziers

Lovely holiday home to rent near Beziers

In the shadow of the medieval Chateau de Murviel, la Maison Murviel basks in the sunshine of the Languedoc-Roussillon area of France, known to the locals as the real south of France. The 300 years old Maison Murviel was built directly below the Chateau in the mid 1700s though the town of Murviel-les-Beziers in which […]

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Gastronomy

Recipe Chocolate Orange Truffles

Recipe Chocolate Orange Truffles

Written by on July 30, 2016 in Desserts

Mouth-watering, scumptious chocolate orange truffles, this lovely French recipe for chocolate orange truffles is surprisingly easy to make. Perfect for after dinner, when you have guests or if you just feeling plain piggy! Makes 500g Ingredients 150ml double cream 2tbspn liquid glucose 375g dark chocolate 65g honey 50ml cognac/brandy Cocoa powder (to dust) Zest of […]

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Creme Brulee Classic French Dessert

Creme Brulee Classic French Dessert

Written by on July 27, 2016 in Desserts

Crème brûlée, the creamy, soft and delicious French dessert has been pleasing palates for more than 300 years. It apparently originated at the table of the Philippe d’Orleans, brother of Louis XIV. His chef, Francois Massialot, when visiting Perpignan in the south of France tried a sweet dish made with Catalan cream and he made […]

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French Recipe for sorbet Cointreau and Orange flavour

French Recipe for sorbet Cointreau and Orange flavour

Written by on July 19, 2016 in Desserts

It was common to enjoy sorbet and ice cream in Paris in the 17th century after it was introduced to France by Catherine de Medici when she married the future Henry II of France in 1533 and bought her chefs with her and with them came recipes. The delicious iced desserts were so popular they […]

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Culture and Language

How to pronounce French words the French Way

How to pronounce French words the French Way

When it comes to speaking French as a foreigner, it can be very difficult to get those tricky pronunciations right. Many of us don’t have the time to go to lessons or we struggle to understand just how to make our mouths form the sounds in the first place. However French teacher Geri Metz’s online […]

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The history of the Arc de Triomphe Paris

The history of the Arc de Triomphe Paris

Written by on July 27, 2016 in French Icons, Paris

The history of the Arc de Triomphe Paris: The Arch of Triumph, it’s English translation, was commissioned by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is a symbol of Paris, its presence so strong that even Hitler walked round it not through it, and Jackie Kennedy was so inspired by her visit, she recreated an Eternal Flame to commemorate […]

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French Expressions Used in English with Different Meanings!

French Expressions Used in English with Different Meanings!

Written by on June 30, 2016 in French Language, Learn French

Géraldine Lepère, French language and lifestyle guru gives her regular 5 minute French lesson, and as usual it’s full of fascintating facts and fun tips to help you with your French language skills and understand the culture of France… The English language contains lots of French words especially in cooking and art. And just like […]

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Regions of France

Reasons To Visit Mesmerising Menton France

Reasons To Visit Mesmerising Menton France

Written by on August 29, 2016 in Provence-Alpes

Years ago, when I first vacationed in Menton, I was instantly smitten with my new discovery.  I had found a place with luminous light, a shimmering sea, ancient villas and flower-filled terraces, all washed in dreamy pastel watercolors.   Who wouldn’t be enchanted by this magical place? Menton sits in the southeastern corner of the Cote […]

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The Ravishing Little Town of Honfleur Normandy

The Ravishing Little Town of Honfleur Normandy

Written by on August 23, 2016 in Normandy, Photo gallery

Honfleur is a working port in Normandy – it’s also one of the prettiest ports I know of in France. What to see in Honfleur Wandering around the harbour and up and down the wiggly cobble stone streets of Honfleur is one of life’s great pleasures. It’s one of the finest places in France for […]

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Postcard From Brittany France

Postcard From Brittany France

Written by on August 18, 2016 in Brittany, Photo gallery

Brittany has 2,800km of coastline and 800 islands or islets, choosing where to go is the hardest part of the trip! We take a look at Brittany in photos to show you just how lovely it is… Postcard from Brittany This is Ile de Groix, great discovered by bike… You have to have a crepe […]

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Live in france

Residence Qualification for Expats in France

Residence Qualification for Expats in France

Written by on August 17, 2016 in Expats in France, Financial, Tax

At The Good Life France we like to try to answer some of those tricky finance questions you have about life in France such as what makes someone a resident in France. It’s not always as clear as you might think. We asked the experts at Beacon Global Wealth to clarify the residency question: Question: […]

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How To Hire A Car In France With A British Driving Licence

How To Hire A Car In France With A British Driving Licence

Written by on July 7, 2016 in Driving in France

Avoid driving license confusion: Your licence and driving in France Changes to your licence: As of the 8 June 2015, the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence was abolished. This change affects people with driving licences in England, Scotland and Wales. Please note, however, that there is still a requirement for a paper counterpart […]

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Post ‘Brexit’ Bleus?

Post ‘Brexit’ Bleus?

Written by on June 29, 2016 in Currency Information, Financial

It can’t have escaped anyone’s notice that the UK voted on Thursday the 23rd June to leave the European Union. To say that the vote has already caused a great deal of uncertainty and in some areas turmoil would be a massive understatement. Headlines have not made for happy reading and will have caused a degree […]

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Property in France

Gorgeous House To Rent In Provence

Gorgeous House To Rent In Provence

Written by on July 27, 2016 in Provence-Alpes, Renting a House in France

Going to Provence is a dream come true for so many. The scents and sounds, the scenery and the markets, the pretty little hill-top towns and the lavender fields. Sunflowers and chilled rosé wine on a terraced café at dusk. There’s so much to fall in love with. Where you stay in Provence can make your […]

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French Château living … is it for you?

French Château living … is it for you?

Written by on July 23, 2016 in Property for sale, Property in France

Can you imagine yourself living in a picture-postcard 212 year-old château in the Haute Garonne region of France with views of the Pyrenees? After spending four glorious weeks ensconced in this luxurious complex, these writers are convinced château life is not for everyone.  Why?  You may never want to leave! Gorgeous French Chateau for sale […]

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Buying a property in France After Brexit

Buying a property in France After Brexit

Written by on July 8, 2016 in Buying a Home, Property for sale

Post Brexit, we ask the property experts at Leggett Immobilier how Brexit could affect your French property purchase. What does Brexit mean for Brits with holiday homes or who live or want to live in France Though, at this stage (summer 2016) nobody really knows how exactly Brexit will impact property purchases in France for […]

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Recent Articles

Summer is still on in France newsletter!

Bonjour from hot, sunny France It certainly doesn’t feel like summer is ending here, we have a canicule, a heat wave, as I write this and its spread across the whole country. Just as everyone is starting to think of La Rentrée, the return to work, school, normality after the long, lazy days of summer […]

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2CVs the legendary Citroen car of the people

At the tender age of eighteen I was thrown the keys to the farm run-around. It was during my gap year working in the vineyards of Bordeaux. I was off to football training in the nearby town of Saint Foy La Grande and the “mobylette” had broken down. It was to be my first drive […]

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The History of Aviation in northern France

The tiny part of the world consisting of the departments of Nord, Pas de Calais and a slice of northern Picardy has been a homeland of powered, manned flight since the start of its history. You would never tell as you pass through it though… The Caudron Brothers of Picardy In 1908 the American Wright […]

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