Holidays and Things to do

Visiting the Battlefields of the Somme France

Visiting the Battlefields of the Somme France

Written by on November 21, 2016 in Battlefields and War Memorials

A flock of red-legged partridge has just crash-landed in a flurry of feathers into long grass at the edge of a field, and overhead the cause of the consternation, a buzzard doing a passable impersonation of a kestrel, hovering on the wind, ready to drop in on lunch. The landscape east of Amiens is mainly […]

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Reims Christmas Market 2016

Reims Christmas Market 2016

Written by on November 15, 2016 in Christmas Markets

Reims Christmas market is one of the best in France and attracts a lot of visitors. There’s a reason for that, not only is it truly festive and incredibly pretty, it’s also fun AND let’s not forget the Champagne connection! What’s on at Reims Christmas Market 2016 Just 45 minutes from Paris by train, Reims Christmas […]

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Best French Language Immersion Courses in France

Best French Language Immersion Courses in France

Written by on November 14, 2016 in French Language, Learn French, Tours in France

There can be no better way to learn the French language than by living, breathing and immersing yourself in the culture and essence of France. Learning from classes, books and online works well, but for truly appreciating and understanding the nuances of real French by getting to know and chat to the locals, enjoying the […]

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Gastronomy

How to make a Paris Brest Christmas Cake

How to make a Paris Brest Christmas Cake

Written by on November 30, 2016 in Desserts, Gastronomy

Paris Brest cakes are an absolute classic in France. Every pattisserie chef will have his or her own version of the delicious choux dough pastry. This version is very grown up and perfect for Christmas. Created by Scottish cook in Paris Jill Colonna, the whisky addition makes for a delicious twist! Choux dough 75g water […]

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Foodie Christmas Traditions of France

Foodie Christmas Traditions of France

Written by on November 23, 2016 in Gastronomy

The French celebrate Christmas on the evening of the 24th of December when ‘Père Noël’ leaves gifts for good children in shoes beneath the tree. Start with a champagne aperitif with nibbles or amuse bouches (literally nibbles that amuse the mouth). Then the serious task of feasting commences. There are usually several (sometimes as many […]

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Spiced Mulled Pears a la Francais

Spiced Mulled Pears a la Francais

Written by on November 22, 2016 in Desserts, Wine and Drinks

Delicious and simple this spiced mulled pear recipe from France is so easy to make but really pack a wow factor punch. Use a soft and fruity wine, a good but not a robust wine; Bordeaux or Burgundy reds are too strong and will overpower the flavours of the delicate spices and pears. INGREDIENTS: 13 […]

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Culture and Language

The History of Modern France by Jonathan Fenby

The History of Modern France by Jonathan Fenby

Written by on November 23, 2016 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Jonathan Fenby provides an expert and riveting journey through he history of France from  First Revolution through two others, a return of Empire, catastrophic wars and period of stability and hope. “The definitive guide to understanding France”. With the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815, the next two centuries […]

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On trying to become a French Paysan by Garry Holding

On trying to become a French Paysan by Garry Holding

Written by on November 23, 2016 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Review of: On Trying to become a French Paysan: Find out what living in France is really like, by Garry Holding. As an expat living in France for over ten years, I have to say this book is really excellent. Before moving here, and indeed since, I have enjoyed devouring every book I can find, […]

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Dining Out In Paris by Tom Reeves

Dining Out In Paris by Tom Reeves

Written by on November 11, 2016 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Tom Reeves is an American who has lived in Paris for some 24 years, during which time he has studied its culture, history and especially its cuisine. He’s pounded the streets, visiting museums and lots of restaurants. He’s observed and tasted his way from one end of the city to the other. Combine this with […]

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Regions of France

The Quaint and picture perfect town of Dinan Brittany

The Quaint and picture perfect town of Dinan Brittany

Written by on November 28, 2016 in Brittany

Dinan in Brittany is the kind of town that makes those who visit fall in love. It’s not a big town but it has a big presence – medieval good looks, beautifully preserved houses, castle ramparts and a historic port. It’s quaint, friendly and it has a great vibe. You’ll find it in the department […]

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Nogaro Gers Famous for Armagnac and Racing!

Nogaro Gers Famous for Armagnac and Racing!

Written by on November 14, 2016 in Midi-Pyrénées

In the heart of Armagnac country, Nogaro is a great place to take a relaxing break and enjoy a degustation or two. Armagnac is the oldest brandy distilled in France, and in Nogaro, in the Gers region, it’s made in delicious abundance. But you may, like me, might find that instead of chilling out you’ll […]

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Postcard from Colmar Christmas Market Alsace

Postcard from Colmar Christmas Market Alsace

Written by on November 9, 2016 in Alsace, Christmas Markets

There are more than 100 Christmas markets in Alsace, the oldest and biggest is in Strasbourg with the market at Colmar coming in close behind in terms of popularity and size. Go to either of these markets at this seasonal time of the year and you enter an alternative world – the world of Christmas. […]

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Live in france

How to Get a Carte de Resident in France

How to Get a Carte de Resident in France

Written by on November 29, 2016 in Living in France

When it comes to making a permanent move to France, naturalisation, which includes a stringent language and cultural understanding test which worries many people, is not the only option. Who can have a Carte de Resident? The French carte de resident or carte resident longue durée UE, which is normally designed for 5+ year residents […]

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4 Ways to Get Up to Speed with the Digital Age

4 Ways to Get Up to Speed with the Digital Age

Written by on November 25, 2016 in Internet

No matter your age or computer literacy level, technology advances so quickly that it is all too easy to feel as if you are being left behind and missing out on opportunities as a result. It is even more difficult if your office has failed to modernize and adapt along with competitors or doesn’t have […]

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What’s the best Currency Exchange for you?

What’s the best Currency Exchange for you?

Written by on November 11, 2016 in Currency Information

Currency exchange in its simplest is just that, exchanging one currency for another but there are different methods of doing this and which one is best for you will depend on what your specific requirement is. Euan Mclachlan at FC Exchange takes a look at converting British pounds to euros and three different options for […]

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Property in France

4 Top tips to help you sell your house in France

4 Top tips to help you sell your house in France

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

It’s not unheard of for homes to be sold without the buyer visiting but it is rare. The point of advertising your home for sale is not so much to sell it on the web or in a window but to get potential buyers to arrive at your door and make them go “WOW, I […]

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Renovating in France Planning Permission Requirements

Renovating in France Planning Permission Requirements

Whether or not you need planning permission for your renovation in France depends on what you are going to do. Applying for Planning permits in France A good starting place is the local town hall, and, even if you think you don’t need permission, it’s usually best to check, rules change. The Mayor or his […]

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Essential Guide to running gites in France

Essential Guide to running gites in France

Written by on November 8, 2016 in Gîtes in France

One of the big misconceptions about owning a gite in France is that the paperwork and bureaucracy are so intense that it can make your life a misery. Not so, says Jo-Ann Howell of French Admin Solutions, you just need to know where to begin. Here to help, is her detailed guide to running gites […]

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Recent Articles

The Good Life France Newsletter December 2016

Bonjour! Brrrr it’s been a chilly week here in France reaching -7 deg C (20Deg F) mid week. It’s time to check my ducks don’t get their feet stuck to the cold mud! I’ve never seen that myself but my neighbour assures me it can happen and that several times he’s had to chisel his ducks […]

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Zut Alors newsletter from France

Zut Alors newsletter from France

Written by on November 25, 2016 in Newsletter

Bonjour Hope you had a great week! Last week I wrote saying that I’d had a few issues with my website because it has so many visitors which is just brilliant, but it made it fall over! After several hours of stress and phone calls to the company that hosts my website, I was told “it’s […]

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Shop Windows of Paris Galeries Lafayette at Christmas

One of the most colourful times of the year in Paris is the Christmas holiday season in Paris. The French capital is transformed into a Christmas wonderland. It becomes a magical fairy tale city, all decked out in holiday sparkle – just waiting to enchant visitors, children and Parisians alike. From the glittering lights along Champs-Elysées to […]

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