Holidays and Things to do

Attending La Fête du Citron in Menton

Attending La Fête du Citron in Menton

Written by on February 17, 2015 in Festivals and Carnivals, Provence-Alpes

Menton is a charming village near the Italian border. It was love at first sight for author Darina Nykl… Fête du Citron Every year the “Fête du Citron” has a different theme, such as 2015′s “The Tribulations of a Lemon in China” – deliciously quirky. This is a unique event and involves giant sculptures of citrus […]

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How to book Train Tickets to France 2015

How to book Train Tickets to France 2015

Written by on February 6, 2015 in Holiday Travel

Taking the train to and around France is part of the fun of your French holiday. Rail networks criss-cross the whole country from city to city and stopping at towns and villages en route. One of the best ways to book train tickets to France is through Voyages-sncf.com in the UK, a subsidiary of the French […]

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Guedelon A Medieval Chateau Built in 21st Century France

Guedelon A Medieval Chateau Built in 21st Century France

Written by on February 5, 2015 in Burgundy, Museums and Châteaux

In the small village of Guédelon in the départment of Yonne in Burgundy, between the towns of Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye and Saint-Amand-en-Puisaye an extraordinary project is underway. A medieval chateau is being constructed using 800 year old methods and tools – it is the biggest archaeological project of its kind in the world and it is extraordinary. […]

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Gastronomy

Chicken en Croûte Fiona Style by Mireille Guiliano

Chicken en Croûte Fiona Style by Mireille Guiliano

Written by on February 23, 2015 in Celebrity Chefs, Main Courses

This delicious and very easy to prepare recipe is from The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook… This recipe is ideal for busy cooks who don’t have lots of time. Mireille says “These days, most people don’t have time for elaborate meals, myself included. For most of my career, I worked at least 10-hour days, […]

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Authentic Sables Biscuits Recipe from France

Authentic Sables Biscuits Recipe from France

Written by on February 11, 2015 in Desserts

These cookies are made from rich buttery dough flavoured with vanilla, cinnamon and almonds. They are extremely tempting and rather addictive and taste a little bit like shortbread. Sables biscuits originate from Sable-sur-Sarthe in the North East of France more than 300 years ago. In French the word ‘sable’ translates into English as ‘sand’. This […]

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Perfect French Crepe Recipe

Perfect French Crepe Recipe

Written by on February 2, 2015 in French Cuisine

How to make French pancakes at home, the perfect French crepe recipe… Pancakes are not a new invention, historians think they were being made at least as far back as 7000 BC in a similar form to how we make them today. They can be eaten hot or cold, sweet or savoury,  as a main course, […]

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Culture and Language

The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook Review

The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook Review

Written by on February 23, 2015 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Mireille Guiliano is one of those French Women who oozes style, class, joie de vivire and a certain je ne sais quoi. She is not one of those French women who won’t tell anyone how she does it. One of the most common questions people ask about French women is “how come they’ve got all […]

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Ten French Language Courses to be Won!

Ten French Language Courses to be Won!

Written by on February 23, 2015 in French Language

Flash Give Away News! The Good Life France has partnered with Comme Une Francaise to offer ten lucky winners a free French Vocabulary and Conversation Course. Valued at Euros 197.00 the course will help you with words and pronunciation and it’s great fun! If you want to Parlez like a Francaise then hurry and enter […]

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Friendship, Brotherhood, Solidarity Fete des Classes

Friendship, Brotherhood, Solidarity Fete des Classes

Written by on February 21, 2015 in French Style

Author Liza Perrat uncovers an historic and very eccentric brotherhood in France when a man in a pixie hat arrived at the doorstep of her home near Lyon in the south of France… I blinked into the early sun, at the stranger standing on my doorstep. A pointed, green hat with a precarious feather flattened […]

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Regions of France

Paris Accommodation on a Budget

Paris Accommodation on a Budget

Written by on February 27, 2015 in Paris

      Ever dreamt of having the city of light at your fingertips without having to pay the excruciating prices for accommodation? Visiting Europe’s capital cities, especially Paris, can deliver the trip of a lifetime. Many of us are stunned to the core by the beautiful buildings, the atmospheric streets and also by the […]

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Foire Aux Tupiniers Lyon | The Potters Festival

Foire Aux Tupiniers Lyon | The Potters Festival

Written by on February 23, 2015 in Rhône Alpes

Pots of Angels and Cathedrals: A letter from the king of France, Charles V11 dated Paris, 14 July, 1492, recognizes the presence of potters at the Foire Aux Tupiniers (Potters Trade Fair) of St. Jean in the old district of Lyon. In 1986 the Vieux Lyon en Fête association, recreated the Foire Aux Tupiniers every second […]

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Discovering Josselin Brittany

Discovering Josselin Brittany

Written by on February 21, 2015 in Brittany

Discovering Josselin in Brittany, with its medieval half-timbered houses, ancient castle and busy town centre… One late summer evening we arrived on the bus from Rennes, the capital of Brittany, and trundled our suitcases down the streets to find the old end-of-terrace townhouse we had rented for a month.  We had no idea what to expect, […]

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Live in france

Get your Priority Right on the French Roads

Get your Priority Right on the French Roads

Written by on February 23, 2015 in Driving in France

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been horn-blasted in France for forgetting about the ‘Priorité à droite’. To be honest, it’s such an archaic thing, even the French don’t think much of it, but it keeps everyone on their toes when approaching road junctions, especially on the edge of town. The issue […]

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Public Holidays in France 2015

Public Holidays in France 2015

Public Holidays in France 2015 On national holidays in France most shops and many public buildings and even tourist attractions can be shut. If you know where you want to visit check in advance to make sure it’s open on a French public holiday. Many public museums and galleries are free to the public on […]

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Live life like a local in la Belle France

Live life like a local in la Belle France

Written by on December 5, 2014 in Living in France

How to live life like a local in France: France is the third largest European country (larger than Germany and Spain) by area, divided into 101 departments (including the capital, Paris) and offers vast diversity in culture, geography and demography. As a foodie you may hope to sample the more than 246 varieties of Cheese […]

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Property in France

Abandoned French Fairy-Tale Chateau Le Mung Being Restored by Expats

Abandoned French Fairy-Tale Chateau Le Mung Being Restored by Expats

Chateau Le Mung is a neglected 800 year old chateau in southwest France, or at least it was until a British family who had moved to Australia decided to love, honour and restore it…  This is not a DIY job of the type that most of us would consider though many of us would dream […]

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French Property Market Update 2015

French Property Market Update 2015

Written by on January 21, 2015 in Property in France

Continuing a trend from the year before, house prices in regional France fell again on the whole in 2014. According to some estate agents though, there were substantial variations with popular areas seeing price rises.   French Property Market Update 2015 Propertywire.com  reports that the annual review from the FNAIM, the national association of French […]

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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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Recent Articles

Ten French language courses to win Newsletter from France

Bonjour mes amies and amis! You don’t usually hear from me except at the weekends but I’m sending you this special newsletter because I thought it would be a great start to the week to do a fab giveaway! The Good Life France has partnered with Comme Une Francaise to give away ten French language […]

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Picasso, Ducks, Lemons and More Newsletter from France

First of all – a great big Bonjour and welcome to all our new subscribers and re-bonjour to all our older friends! Talking of new and old, this week my duck Belle has been very edgy. Several weeks ago she moved into an empty coop that I stored on the terrace outside my back door […]

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Walking the Bridges of Paris

Walking the Bridges of Paris

Written by on February 20, 2015 in Paris, Quirky

Walking the bridges of Paris is a fine way to get a feel for the city says Bob Lyons taking his own advice… More than twenty two years ago, I suffered the effects of a serious road accident in France. I stayed in a French hospital for a month and then returned to my house […]

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