Holidays and Things to do

Walking the Pyrenees the Easy Way

Walking the Pyrenees the Easy Way

Written by on June 14, 2016 in Midi-Pyrénées, Tours in France

The Pyrenees are a natural border separating France and Spain and, although the highest peaks reach over 3000m, there’s some beautiful hiking between villages, keeping mainly to the valleys. I’ve long wanted to visit the Pyrenees, attracted by the mountains and lured by the promise of good food and wine. Even better I’ve opted for […]

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Enter The Dragon In Calais!

Enter The Dragon In Calais!

The northern French town of Calais is going dragon crazy – and for a very good reason, a dragon-horse is visiting along with a giant spider and the town is putting on a very special welcome… Dragon Fever in an Incredible Free Show From June 23 to June 26 2016, the streets of Calais will […]

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Tour de France 2016 Departs From Mont St Michel Normandy

Tour de France 2016 Departs From Mont St Michel Normandy

Written by on June 5, 2016 in Holidays & Things to do, Normandy

On 2 July 2016, the Tour de France Grand Départ pedals off from the legendary Mont St-Michel in the Manche region of Normandy. With 355km of coastline and the largest network of country roads in France, the Manche is an ideal setting for the start of the Tour de France. Stage 1 (2 July) will start from […]

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Gastronomy

Strawberry and tomato salad by Gerald Passedat

Strawberry and tomato salad by Gerald Passedat

Written by on June 26, 2016 in Desserts

Strawberry and tomato salad – or in French, Tomates Anciennes et fraises: Top French Chef Gerald Passedat, one of only a handful of three Michelin star chefs in the world, shares this delicious, easy to prepare dish from his  fabulous cook book Flavors from the French Mediterranean…  Serves 4 | Preparation time: 25 minutes Ingredients 8 heirloom tomatoes […]

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Perfect French Picnic

Perfect French Picnic

Written by on June 19, 2016 in Gastronomy

Create the perfect French picnic for a taste of oh la la anywhere in the world! Pack a red and white check cloth, a couple of wicker style baskets for bread and bits and pieces and some pretty dishes to serve up some yummy food which should include a baguette and French cheese at the […]

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Peaches poached in green tea syrup with mint by Gérald Passedat

Peaches poached in green tea syrup with mint by Gérald Passedat

Written by on June 10, 2016 in Desserts

Vine peaches poached in green tea syrup with mint – an absolutely scrumptious recipe from the great French chef Gérald Passedat from his gorgeous cook book Flavors from the French Mediterranean The three Michelin star chef shares eighty of his classic, generous, and easy-to-prepare recipes that celebrate fresh produce and an overall healthy lifestyle in this lovely […]

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Culture and Language

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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A taste of Morzine Haute-Savoie, France

A taste of Morzine Haute-Savoie, France

Written by on April 18, 2016 in Courses, Rhône Alpes

As you intrepid skiers head off to the mountains for your last fling of the season, or you early bird hikers strap on your boots for some alpine air, try if you can to visit Morzine, about an hour east of Geneva and a little further north of Chamonix. There’s lots of reasons to visit […]

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Regions of France

Rocamadour in the Lot, Midi-Pyrenees France

Rocamadour in the Lot, Midi-Pyrenees France

Written by on June 26, 2016 in Midi-Pyrénées

Rocamadour in the Lot Department of southwest France (region:  Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées) is an absolute gem, a medieval city that feels as though it is between heaven and earth. The views of it and from it will leave you breathless as will the chest-thumping climb to the top but it’s so worth it when you reach the top […]

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Anne Valerie Hash exhibits at Calais Lace Museum

Anne Valerie Hash exhibits at Calais Lace Museum

Written by on June 25, 2016 in Nord-Pas de Calais

When Paris designer and costume creator extraordinaire Anne Valerie hash offered some of her collection for an exhibition to the renowned museum of lace in Calais, they accepted with enthusiasm. Cité Dentelle Mode as it is known, (dentelle means lace) has long been showcasing the greats of French couture, in 2015 the fabulous Balenciaga exhibited and in […]

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Wines of the Heavens and Hilltops in Saint-Chinian

Wines of the Heavens and Hilltops in Saint-Chinian

Written by on June 10, 2016 in Languedoc-Roussillon

Head south of the village of Saint Chinian in Languedoc-Rousillon and you’ll find Château Pech-Ménel. (which loosely translates as Chateau of the heavens and hilltops) just outside the village of Quarante. Refined and elegant wines are produced here which really do seem to reflect the personality of the two sisters at the helm, who are descended from […]

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Live in france

Brexit: Will it affect your money?

Brexit: Will it affect your money?

Written by on June 21, 2016 in Financial

With the EU referendum fast approaching, what impact would “leaving” or indeed “remaining” in the EU have on the British Pound? Our partners at FC Exchange have created a Brexit currency calculator that looks at the potential outcomes for the pound against some of the major currencies. Both the ‘Leave’ and ‘Remain’ camps are becoming […]

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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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Banking in France | Share Dealing

Banking in France | Share Dealing

Written by on June 2, 2016 in Banks and Banking, Financial

In France, you can hold a share dealing account at your bank, with a stockbroker, or on the internet. The normal safe custody account is called a “Compte Titres”. A share is an “action” and a Government or Corporate Bond is an “obligation”. Most people deal in shares through a specific form of investment called […]

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Property in France

How to find a good deal when buying property in France

How to find a good deal when buying property in France

Written by on May 31, 2016 in Buying a Home, Property in France

If you are buying property in France, you will want to know which locations are the most sought after and where you should buy to get the best investment possible. All these questions and more are answered by Home Hunts’ new, free property report INSIDE FRANCE. The FNAIM (national association of French estate agents) reported […]

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Guide to French Property Diagnostics Report

Guide to French Property Diagnostics Report

Written by on May 18, 2016 in Buying a Home, Property for sale

  When it comes to the property market in France, as you’d expect, there’s paperwork and form filling and reports to be prepared. The vendor of a property in France must provide a full set of property “diagnostics” as part of the terms of sale. Even to market a property, the vendor will have to […]

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How to fill unsold summer weeks at your holiday let

How to fill unsold summer weeks at your holiday let

Written by on May 4, 2016 in Gîtes in France, Property in France

Do you run a holiday let or gites in France and still have weeks to fill for this summer? Now is the perfect time to be pro-active in chasing those bookings with some simple marketing strategies. At French Connections we specialise in France, with 20 years of success online as a holiday property listing site, so here’s […]

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Inspiration and prizes newsletter from France!

Bonjour! Hope you had a great week where ever you are… Here in my part of France Rocky the Rescue Duck’s 6 ducklings have really grown and they are very cheeky and bold. In fact they’re ready to join the big wide world of ducks in the pen this weekend though they will be living […]

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Win a copy of Markets of Provence book

Provence, France, is justly famous for its dazzling light, vibrant colors, rich history, and flavorful foods and wines… And its markets have been the beating heart of Provençal life since the Middle Ages. In Markets of Provence, Marjorie R. Williams whisks you away to 30 of the best. This pocketable guide, complete with detailed maps […]

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Bordeaux Museum Of Wine

On June 1 2016, a brand new wine museum opened in Bordeaux. La Cité du Vin is unique, extraordinary and quite brilliant. Not entirely surprisingly, the museum is dedicated to a subject close to the heart of Bordeaux – it’s all about wine! Bordeaux is a listed UNESCO World Heritage Site, was voted Best European Tourist […]

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