Holidays and Things to do

Strasbourg Christmas 2014

Strasbourg Christmas 2014

Written by on November 25, 2014 in Christmas Markets

The town of Strasbourg in Alsace, north east France is known by another name – The Capital of Christmas, and with good reason. It is one of the prettiest, most festive, atmospheric and oldest Christmas markets in the world. Several centuries ago, in early December a “St. Klausenmarkt” (St Nicholas Market) was held in front […]

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Arras Christmas Market 2014

Arras Christmas Market 2014

Written by on November 25, 2014 in Christmas Markets

The Arras Christmas market is one of the biggest, best, most fun and atmospheric Christmas markets north of Paris. This year’s market promises to be more exciting than ever with the addition of a grand Ferris Wheel and a Toboggan run as well as an ice rink, live entertainment and wonderful red carpeted Christmas market […]

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Lille Christmas Market 2014

Lille Christmas Market 2014

Written by on November 24, 2014 in Christmas Markets

For those who take their Christmas shopping seriously, it would be hard to find a better place in Europe than Lille. Not only are there almost 4000 shops in this city in northern France but there is also a very nice Christmas market and festive and cultural attractions galore… Based in Place Rihour, stalls at […]

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Gastronomy

The vineyards of Nice, south of France

The vineyards of Nice, south of France

Written by on November 26, 2014 in Provence-Alpes, Wine and Drinks

Nice Wine: Of course for most of us at least, wine is nice, but specifically we’re referring to the wine made in and around the city of Nice. The glittering stretch of coastline between Monaco and Cannes may be famous for many things, but the fermented grape isn’t one of them. That’s why most visitors and even […]

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Making wine the old fashioned way

Making wine the old fashioned way

Written by on November 20, 2014 in Wine and Drinks

This week was Beaujolais Nouveau week – the circulation of red wine that takes place at precisely 12.01 on the third Thursday of November every year. Some people love the whole razzmatazz of this unashamedly commercial marketing event, others hate it. Whatever you think, it’s a big deal in a global way. To celebrate, someone […]

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Drinking the Pink Wine of French Kings

Drinking the Pink Wine of French Kings

Written by on October 31, 2014 in Champagne-Ardenne, Wine and Drinks

In the days when the Chateau de Versailles was just a small castle and grand only on paper, a drawing that promised of the glory to come, builders, decorators and artisans of all sorts were employed to help create its greatness. The work was hard but some of them had a secret advantage, a pink […]

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Culture and Language

Where to find Rodin in France

Where to find Rodin in France

Written by on November 14, 2014 in Art and Artists

Auguste Rodin (12 November 1840 to 17 November 1917) was born in Paris to an inspector in the Paris Préfecture de Police and a former seamstress. He grew up in the Mouffetard district of Paris and attended a school for the training of decorative artists. Afterwards he served a long apprenticeship as a modeller in […]

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Louis Vuitton Foundation Paris

Louis Vuitton Foundation Paris

Written by on November 10, 2014 in Art and Artists, Arty, Paris

Much excitement in Paris at the end of 2014 accompanied the opening stage of a brand new private museum and art Centre. Sponsored by the group LVMH (Louis Vuitton) and its subsidiaries, the Louis Vuitton Foundation Paris is an incredible sight, a standout colossus of a building. Linda Matthieu takes an inaugural visit and finds […]

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Going Potty for Porcelain in Limoges

Going Potty for Porcelain in Limoges

Written by on October 29, 2014 in French Style, Limousin

Walk anywhere in Limoges and you can’t fail to be aware of the town’s reputation for making some of the best porcelain in the world. Shop windows galore are filled to the brim with teapots, vases, cups and sauces and the accoutrements of tableware… Porcelain in Limoges I popped into the premises of Bernadaud, one […]

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Regions of France

Doullens Picardy’s Hidden Pearl

Doullens Picardy’s Hidden Pearl

Written by on November 10, 2014 in Picardy

I have travelled extensively by car in France over the last twenty five years. As I approach a new town or village that I am not familiar with, I am always confident that I will not be disappointed. The suburbs can sometimes be a little dull but the ‘centre ville’ will always be a shining […]

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Paris Travel Guide

Paris Travel Guide

Written by on November 5, 2014 in Holiday Travel, Paris

It’s a city that is like any other big city – there’s good and there’s bad. It’s a city that is also unlike any other city in the world, it’s Paris… One of the big misconceptions many people have is the size of Paris, and I mean inner Paris, the arrondissements (districts) not the sprawling […]

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A tiny perfect tour of Provence

A tiny perfect tour of Provence

Written by on November 4, 2014 in Provence-Alpes, Tours in France

When the Women’s Travel Network in Toronto asked author Patricia Sands if she would lead a tour through the towns and villages that the characters in her novel, ‘The Promise of Provence’, visited – she didn’t hesitate for a second to say yes… And so it was that last June I had the distinct privilege […]

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Live in france

Expats in France offer new life for old dogs

Expats in France offer new life for old dogs

Written by on October 13, 2014 in Expats in France, Pets And Animals

Some people move to France and enjoy the relaxed lifestyle. Others move to France and do something completely different. We talk to an amazing couple from England who thought they would retire and take life easy. Instead they set up a home for elderly dogs, an undertaking that has profoundly changed their lives and bought […]

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Real Life Fairy-Tale Chateau to rent in France

Real Life Fairy-Tale Chateau to rent in France

Written by on September 3, 2014 in Midi-Pyrénées, Wedding Expertise

Step through the ornate gates that lead to the Secret Chateau de M in Gascony and you’ll enter a different world… a beautifully preserved centuries old living artwork – a secluded and intoxicating Chateau to rent in the heart of south west France… A most beautiful Chateau to rent in France An avenue flanked by […]

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Volunteering in France | At the SPA Animal rescue

Volunteering in France | At the SPA Animal rescue

Written by on August 13, 2014 in Expats in France, Pets And Animals

Lots of expats retire to France or go for a better quality of life and have more time on their hands. For many it is a great opportunity to do some voluntary work. Helping out a branch of SPA for just a couple of hours a week, the Société de Protection des Animaux is an […]

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Property in France

House for Sale Poitou-Charentes France

House for Sale Poitou-Charentes France

Written by on November 19, 2014 in Property for sale

When Barbara and Robin decided to retire to France, they did their homework. They had a long wish list and visited several regions but decided on “the lovely Charente Maritime (Dept 17) due to its micro climate of warm summers and mild winters” says Barbara. After much searching they found their dream home, within walking […]

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House Prices in France 2014 reach new low

House Prices in France 2014 reach new low

Written by on September 25, 2014 in Property in France

House prices and mortgage rates in France fall making that French dream home purchase a little bit easier for British buyers… Brokers have reported that the cost of a French mortgage has fallen to an all-time low (September 2014). For British buyers this means that they may expect to pay a rate of just 3.1% […]

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5 key tips for finding cheap properties in France

5 key tips for finding cheap properties in France

Written by on August 18, 2014 in Buying a Home

We all love to look at pictures of chateaux and grand mansion houses for sale in France and dream we are the owners with huge gardens and private beaches. The reality though is that the great majority of us simply can’t afford such luxurious properties – the price tag is just as impressive as the […]

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Recent Articles

A Fishy French Christmas Event that is Truly Unique

A Christmas party with 36,000 animals in one of the biggest aquariums in Europe – it doesn’t get much more unique than that… Christmas is coming early to NAUSICAA aquarium – on Friday 12 December 2014, to be exact. The French National Sea Centre in Boulogne sur Mer is holding a “Mer Veilleuse” evening on […]

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Award winning, Cheese making newsletter from France

Bonjour tout le monde, A very big welcome to all our new subscribers – I am delighted to meet you. This week has been a bit of a whirlwind for me I can tell you. Even though I live in the middle-of-nowhere in rural France, life is quite fast paced thanks to The Good Life […]

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Reliving the Past in France

Reliving the Past in France

Written by on November 20, 2014 in Guest Blogs

One weekend as a Poilu, one day as a Canonnier with the 338ème Régiment, author James Vance takes part in two re-enactment events in France that give him goose bumps and memories that will last forever… To live in France is the fulfilment of a dream; to partake in French life adds an extra ingredient […]

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