Holidays and Things to do

Lille Braderie Europe’s Biggest Boot Fair!

Lille Braderie Europe’s Biggest Boot Fair!

The flea markets of France are well known, but the biggest and many say the best in Europe and one of the top flea markets in the world is the Braderie de Lille, northern France. This massive market takes place annually and lures crowds of treasure seekers and bargain hunters from around the globe. I […]

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Jazz at Juan-les-Pins Antibes France

Jazz at Juan-les-Pins Antibes France

Written by on July 11, 2016 in Music Events, Provence-Alpes

I’ve been a regular at this jazz festival over the past few years and every year when the programme is published I cannot resist just one more visit! I duly pack my bags and set off for the French Riviera and head for Antibes/Juan-les-Pins… If you’re of a certain age you may well remember Peter […]

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The 21 stages of The Tour de France 2016

The 21 stages of The Tour de France 2016

Tour de France 2016: And… they’re off! On July 2 2016, 198 riders competing in 22 teams of nine riders will start an epic jounrey that will take in France, Spain, Andorra and Switzerland. They will cycle an astonishing 3535km in just 21 days which will push them all to their limits and leave them […]

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Gastronomy

10 Fab Places To Eat Out On The Opal Coast

10 Fab Places To Eat Out On The Opal Coast

Written by on July 16, 2016 in French Cuisine, Gastronomy, Nord-Pas de Calais

The hauts de France in the far north is not known for its haut cuisine but for foodies who love fresh fish, tasty steak frites, robust stews and stinky cheeses that bite back, fabulous bread and cakes, savoury tarts and sugary treats, there are plenty of gastronomic opportunities. There are several Michelin star restaurants in […]

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Charismatic Wineries of Saint-Chinian Languedoc-Roussillon

Charismatic Wineries of Saint-Chinian Languedoc-Roussillon

Written by on July 11, 2016 in Languedoc-Roussillon, Wine and Drinks

Nestled in the very heart of the sumptuously compelling region of Languedoc-Roussillon is the up and coming wine appellation of Saint-Chinian (AOC Saint-Chinian). Spread across some 3,300 hectares and home to 450 wine producers including 110 wineries and 8 cooperatives, there are rich pickings here for the wine connoisseur with an abundance of different grapes, […]

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Sea Bream in Garlic Bouillon by Gerald Passedat

Sea Bream in Garlic Bouillon by Gerald Passedat

Written by on July 11, 2016 in Celebrity Chefs, Main Courses

SEA BREAM IN A GARLIC BOUILLON by Gérald Passédat, 3 Michelin star chef and undeniable King of Mediterranean cuisine. This dish may look simple to make but there’s nothing simple about the taste – it’s utterly delicious and guaranteed to impress. Serves 4 | Preparation time: 2 hours | Cooking time: 2 hours 15 minutes Ingredients […]

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Culture and Language

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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Fantastic French Immersion Courses in Provence

Fantastic French Immersion Courses in Provence

What could be more special and memorable than learning French on a truly exceptional  immersion course where you stay with a French teacher and their family in their home in lovely Provence. Aix en Provence, Isle sur la Sorgue and Fontaine de Vaucluse – the names trip off your tongue to conjure up images of […]

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Painters Day Montreuil-sur-Mer

Painters Day Montreuil-sur-Mer

Written by on April 20, 2016 in Art and Artists, Nord-Pas de Calais

Every year the little hill top town of Montreuil-sur-Mer in the northern French department of Pas de Calais, holds an annual Painter’s Day and the whole town buzzes with colour as artists arrive to capture its lovely looks on paper for a day! In mid-August, 100 or more painters turn up with their easels and […]

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Regions of France

Five Fabulous Towns In Provence

Five Fabulous Towns In Provence

Written by on July 25, 2016 in Provence-Alpes

When you’re in the Vaucluse area of Provence, you’ll be discovering loads of villages to fall in love with. On hill tops, in valleys, by rivers and streams, surrounded by vineyards, orchards, fields of sunflowers and lavender, there’s no shortage of gorgeous places to stop here. Five Villages in Provence that are must-sees Roussillon –a […]

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Cordes-sur-Ciel

Cordes-sur-Ciel

Written by on July 23, 2016 in Midi-Pyrénées

Cordes-sur-Ciel is no ordinary hill top town, its medieval streets and buildings are literally in the clouds… “One travels over the years without quite knowing what one is searching for, wandering amid the clatter, caught up with desires or regrets, and one arrives unexpectedly in one from those two or three places which await each […]

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The Lot Midi Pyrenees France

The Lot Midi Pyrenees France

Written by on July 18, 2016 in Midi-Pyrénées

It was the sea, lapping on the shores of the Massif Central, grinding up the shells and sea creatures that gave rise to the Lot; gave rise, too, to the thing that most distinguishes it from the Dordogne, a department with which it is commonly confused, the limestone causses. These high limestone plateaux  with views […]

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Live in france

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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How To Make Your French Home More Affordable

How To Make Your French Home More Affordable

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

When I bought my holiday home in France it was a struggle to pay for it but I knew that one day the sacrifices would be worth it. I learned all sorts of ways to make money go further – including converting my hard earned pounds to Euros. The old farmhouse that I fell in […]

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Property in France

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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Property Finder Service in the Var and French Riviera

Property Finder Service in the Var and French Riviera

Many wannabe expats are worried about the stress usually associated with finding and buying a property in France. Having to talk French and deal with complicated paperwork and bureaucracy can cause extra hassle but a new service launched now means that finding your south of France dream home just got easier… Expat Brit Alistair Phillips […]

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How to keep your Fosse Septique Sweet

How to keep your Fosse Septique Sweet

Ah France… the sweet scent of croissants, fine wine, delicious cakes and soft baguettes. A place to enjoy the sun and dine al fresco or laze outdoors drinking in the fresh air… unless you have a fosse septique that lets you down. A foul fosse problem is a common occurrence for home and gite owners […]

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Recent Articles

I love My Personalised Luggage

Everywhere I travel people stare at my luggage! It’s okay though, I’m happy for them to do it because my luggage is part of my adventure as a travel writer. You know when suitcases go round the conveyor belt when you land at an airport, you stand there staring, waiting to spot your case, trying […]

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Newsletter from sunny France

Newsletter from sunny France

Written by on July 22, 2016 in Newsletter

Bonjour from sunny France where we’ve had a heat wave this week – much to the disgust of my geese Fred, Flo, Gloria and George who have been sitting in the pond or under the trees trying to stay cool. Summer is well under way now and that means heaps of great events going on […]

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History of French Pissoirs

History of French Pissoirs

Written by on July 22, 2016 in Guest Blogs

The French have invented many things: taxis, the hot air balloon, internal combustion engine, inflatable tyres,  sewing machine, bikini (arguable), cafetière, Braille, camera phone, hairdryer, parachute and that great public utility – the urinoir, or, to give it its more familiar and descriptive name, the pissoir. Although, to be fair, the French simply embraced Roman […]

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