Holidays and Things to do

Discover the picture-perfect poppy fields of Provence

Discover the picture-perfect poppy fields of Provence

Written by on January 30, 2017 in Provence-Alpes, Tours in France

Imagine the soft sun of late spring in Provence as it pours onto fields of bright red poppies. Their slender stems sway in a gentle breeze, their vivid petals contrast with the blue sky… this is Provence’s beautiful bounty in May. Looking like a painting come to life, the poppy fields of Provence are dazzling […]

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Join a stunning wine tour in Provence

Join a stunning wine tour in Provence

In September 2017 a totally unique, utterly wonderful wine tour in Provence will take place and you can join it! It includes a grape stomp, vineyard visits, wine tasting and the most delicious dishes you could ever hope to enjoy… A Wine Tour with a difference This is a wine tour in Provence that’s like […]

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What’s on in Normandy France 2017

What’s on in Normandy France 2017

Written by on January 25, 2017 in Events

Whether it’s celebrating the 500th anniversary of Le Havre, marvelling at Picasso’s sculptures in Rouen, enjoying Dior’s haute couture in Granville or shopping in Honfleur, there will never be a dull moment in Normandy in 2017. 500th anniversary of the city and port of Le Havre To celebrate this milestone anniversary Le Havre will be […]

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Gastronomy

Recipe for Apple and Pear Filo Pastry Parcel

Recipe for Apple and Pear Filo Pastry Parcel

Written by on January 16, 2017 in Desserts

Ingredients for 5 3 Granny Smith apples 2 pears (we used conference) 2 tablespoons dried cranberries 3 tablesppons blanched almonds ½ teaspoon all-spice 1.5 tbs brown sugar Juice of 1 lemon 60g butter 10 slices filo pastry (30cm round) Icing sugar to garnish Method Peel apples & pears and cut into 1.5 cm chunks. Roughly […]

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Scrumptious Recipe For Brioche Style Hot Cross Buns

Scrumptious Recipe For Brioche Style Hot Cross Buns

Written by on January 9, 2017 in Desserts

  A French twist to the ever popular hot cross bun! Brioche meets bun and makes for the most luscious, delicious little cakey snack – beware, they’re seriously moreish! If you have a bread machine, you can start the dough in the machine up to the second proving stage. Add the dried fruit 5 minutes […]

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How to make delicious cheesy Gougeres French style

How to make delicious cheesy Gougeres French style

Written by on December 24, 2016 in Starters

Cheese choux pastry is delicious and easy to make.  These cheesy puffs are indecently scrumptious, served still warm from the oven you’ll get a cheese steam as you bite in and they’ll disappear in no time. They make for a great snack or to serve with drinks, beware, they’re very more-ish! Ingredients for 4 people […]

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Culture and Language

One Sip at a Time by Keith Van Sickle

One Sip at a Time by Keith Van Sickle

Written by on February 13, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews

One Sip at a Time: Can a two-career couple really pick up stakes and move to Provence? Keith Van Sickle tells a humorous tale of the adventures (and misadventures) of a couple of Americans who  quit their jobs, become consultants and split their time between two countries. Laugh along as they build a life in Provence, […]

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Grand Bordeaux Châteaux: Inside the Fine Wine Estates of France Book Review

Grand Bordeaux Châteaux: Inside the Fine Wine Estates of France Book Review

Written by on February 13, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews

This grand, glossy and gorgeous book is the petite Bordeaux bible of finest wine estates by master of wines, Philippe Chaix. Discover a dozen exceptional Bordeaux wine estates, complete with tasting notes from a renowned wine critic. From Lafite Rothschild to Angélus to Cheval Blanc, Bordeaux produces the world’s finest wines. In this gift volume […]

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The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy

The Art of Rebellion by Brenda Joyce Leahy

Written by on February 10, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews

This beautiful story is set in France in 1900, where Gabrielle, a young woman who is about to be forced into marriage with a lot older man, the Baron d’Argente, is waiting for a train at Laval station. Unable to bear her decreed fate, and with dreams of being an artist, the beautiful Gabrielle has […]

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Regions of France

The Enigmatic Pei Pyramids of Paris

The Enigmatic Pei Pyramids of Paris

Written by on February 10, 2017 in Arty, Paris

President Francois Mitterand of France was a great instigator of modern planning and architectural ideas for Paris. During his tenure, he was the originator of many post war features including the apparently dead straight ‘Triumphal Way’. This alignment of celebrated structural icons stretches from the Louvre as far as the Grand Arch, some 10 kilometres away, […]

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Top 10 free things to do in Lyon

Top 10 free things to do in Lyon

Written by on February 6, 2017 in Rhône Alpes

Lyon is the third biggest city in France. This is a city with a rich history, authentic feel, and the best French food plus the friendliest people. Experience real France in Lyon – not in Paris, not in Nice, not in Cannes…but in Lyon (where I live)! And what is more important, you can do it […]

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Visit the sensational town of Saint-Emilion Bordeaux

Visit the sensational town of Saint-Emilion Bordeaux

Written by on January 30, 2017 in Aquitaine

Saint-Émilion is a commune in the Gironde department in Aquitaine region in southwest France. Perched on a limestone hilltop like a graceful balcony above the Dordogne Valley. In 1999, Saint Émilion became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, honored for its cultural landscape and historical vineyards. This medieval, fairytale town is a maze of curlicue ballast […]

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Live in france

Life on a French smallholding

Life on a French smallholding

Written by on February 9, 2017 in Expats in France, Living in France

We meet a couple who after several years of planning are about to embark on their dream of the good life in France. Matt, a regional operations manager at Learn Direct and Phil, a senior HR office for a local authority have bought a farm in lovely Haute-vienne. Matt explains how their dreams and schemes […]

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Paris introduces mandatory pollution stickers for vehicles

Paris introduces mandatory pollution stickers for vehicles

Written by on February 8, 2017 in Driving in France

The authorities in Paris, Lyon and Grenoble have introduced a scheme which means that all vehicles in those cities must display a sticker which reflects their carbon emissions. It’s in the name of pollution control and with immediate effect (Feb 2017) failure to display the mandatory stickers, including foreign vehicles, may result in a fine of […]

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Caring for elderly relatives in france – what support is there for expats

Caring for elderly relatives in france – what support is there for expats

Written by on February 3, 2017 in Expat Healthcare, Living in France, Retirement

Looking after elderly relatives in France: We check out what assistance is available for expats… First of all, did you know that in France, children (where finances permit) can be obliged by the courts to support their parents and grandparents? Putting this obligation aside, having family to stay brings much joy, but having them move in […]

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Property in France

What is the Acte de Vente in France?

What is the Acte de Vente in France?

Written by on February 3, 2017 in Buying a Home, Property in France

  You found the dream house in France. You’ve signed the Compromis de Vente,  you’ve waiting around three months  and now you’re going to complete the Acte de Vente the last part of the buying process. The Acte de Vente This is it! The big day! All parties meet in the Notaire’s office. The balance […]

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What is a Compromis de Vente in France?

What is a Compromis de Vente in France?

Written by on February 3, 2017 in Buying a Home, Property in France

Once you’ve found your dream home in France and agreed a price, it’s almost time for those champagne corks to start popping! But before that, there’s a little more to do – we’re talking about the legal transfer of the property from the seller to the buyer which involves paying a deposit (usually at least […]

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The Expat Good Life in Provence

The Expat Good Life in Provence

Looking for the good life in Provence: Originally from Perthshire Scotland, Jill Wilson now lives in sunny Provence, southern France. She’s a local property agent for Leggett estate agents and she knows how it feels to be looking for your dream home. She took five years to find her lovely home in Montmeyan in the Var […]

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Etiquette, Books, Paris and more newsletter from France

Bonjour I hope you had a good week! Here it’s been chilly and raining, and my normal dog walking route has had to be changed as the country lanes are really muddy now. Instead we’ve kept to the roads that encircle the village and skirt around the fields in which maize, hay and beans are grown by […]

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The Can-Can Girl and the Mysterious Woman in Pink by Pamela B. Eglinski

Travel back in time to Paris, and the world of Toulouse-Lautrec with this charming story… What child doesn’t enjoy listening to their grandparents’ tales? Being transported back through time to another era, when everything was different. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to experience it first hand? This is a hugely enjoyable romp through time to the […]

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The lusty dance of Paris – the Can-Can

  The Can-Can dance was raucous and risqué, reaching its height of popularity in 1900 during the Belle Époque. Parisian cabarets promoted the dance and Jane Avril and La Goulue popularized it in the night clubs of Montmartre. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec depicted it in his famous painting, At the Moulin Rouge: The Dance. And, Jacques […]

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