Holidays and Things to do

The Louvre Paris Facts, Art and Tickets

The Louvre Paris Facts, Art and Tickets

Written by on May 18, 2015 in Funky, Museums and Châteaux, Paris

So enormous is the Louvre, the world’s most visited museum that it would take three months to view every piece of art contained in it, and that’s if you spent just 30 seconds looking at each artwork all day, every day without a break. There are more than 7,500 paintings, the displays cover nearly 15 […]

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South of France by Train, a Cultural Journey

South of France by Train, a Cultural Journey

Written by on May 8, 2015 in Holidays & Things to do, Rhône Alpes

Fancy some French culture this summer? Take the train… Is it just me who still gets genuinely excited by the prospect of a European train journey? Particularly so in fact if the train I’m travelling on is leaving from the iconic London station of St Pancras with its echoey charm and sweeping me through the […]

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Palais des Papes Light Show Avignon

Palais des Papes Light Show Avignon

It’s a star attraction in Provence – the ancient Palace of the Popes. Avignon is one of the prettiest places in France, a once tranquil and picturesque town that for a brief time became the seat of religious power in Europe. From 1309 to 1376, seven successive Popes based their court there instead of Rome; […]

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Gastronomy

Chardonnay Day Burgundy

Chardonnay Day Burgundy

Written by on May 11, 2015 in Burgundy, Wine and Drinks

Did you know that May 21st is Chardonnay Day in the Bourgogne (Burgundy)? Now an international event, Chardonnay Day celebrates all things Chardonnay. And while the event got its start six years ago via social media in California, the history of the Chardonnay varietal starts in the Burgundy wine region. Some wine wags contend that […]

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Legends, Laws, and Lengthy Loaves, French Baguette History

Legends, Laws, and Lengthy Loaves, French Baguette History

Written by on April 29, 2015 in French Icons, Gastronomy

The baguette is as French as France itself. There isn’t much that is more traditional than the long slender loaf of bread. See one and you will know it instantly as a symbol of France. At any hour of the day, on the streets of any village, town, or city in France you will see […]

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The Biggest Strawberry Tart in the world!

The Biggest Strawberry Tart in the world!

Written by on April 8, 2015 in Festivals and Carnivals, French Cuisine, Limousin

In France, strawberries are adored – in fact they even claim to be responsible for the popularity of the delicious red fruit! The common woodland strawberry was known in Roman times and grown in Europe since early days but it was much later that the sweet red strawberry will know today was cultivated. In France […]

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Culture and Language

The William Alexander interview | Flirting with French

The William Alexander interview | Flirting with French

Written by on May 18, 2015 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Flirting with French: How a Language Charmed Me, Seduced Me, and Nearly Broke My Heart… It’s an intriguing title isn’t it! It’s also a very funny book about American William Alexander’s mission to learn to speak French like a Frenchie. I read the book on a return train trip from Paris to La Rochelle. Normally […]

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Flirting with French by William Alexandra

Flirting with French by William Alexandra

William Alexandra  is a man with a mission – he wants to learn French, to understand what is is to be French, in fact to be French. American born Mr Alexander doesn’t just want to speak it like a student after a couple of years study; he wants to parler proper French, like a native. […]

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Win a copy of Teatime in Paris!

Win a copy of Teatime in Paris!

  Teatime in Paris is a scrumptious recipe book that explains how to make the most perfect Parisian patisseries and cakes at home. No more dreaming about cakes you can’t have because you’re not in Paris. No more wondering what a millefeuille tastes like. Now you can make these delectable gateaux for yourself! We’re giving […]

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Regions of France

Lyon France, intoxicating and a split personality

Lyon France, intoxicating and a split personality

Written by on May 27, 2015 in Rhône Alpes

Only Lyon When you visit Lyon you have certain expectations. Medieval architecture, the famous traboules (the covered alleyways which lead from narrow street to narrow street), silk weavers and outstanding cuisine were top of my list. But Lyon is a complex city with a pleasantly schizophrenic personality, a series of architectural contradictions and compelling ancestors […]

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Aire-sur-la-Lys, Pas de Calais

Aire-sur-la-Lys, Pas de Calais

Written by on May 27, 2015 in Nord-Pas de Calais

Aire-sur-la-Lys is a rather sleepy little town on the border between Nord and Pas de Calais, the two departments of Nord-Pas de Calais. It wasn’t always so tranquil though the Lys River after which it is named still runs through the town as it has for centuries. Thanks to its strategic position between the mountains […]

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Aubusson Tapestry Town Limousin

Aubusson Tapestry Town Limousin

Written by on May 19, 2015 in Limousin

Aubusson is famous the world over though not for its picturesque town with winding narrow streets, lovely architecture, pavement cafés and quirky shops or the glorious countryside that surrounds it. Aubusson is known for its tapestries and carpets, for this is where a remarkable industry has operated for six centuries. History of Aubusson Tapestry It is […]

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Live in france

Top Tips for Moving to France

Top Tips for Moving to France

Written by on May 9, 2015 in Buying a Home, Living in France

Every single house move is stressful. It may be the same aspect of moving that is frustrating time and time again, on the other hand – it might be different parts of your move that seem to niggle at you. It is never an easy process, and can be made worse if you aren’t on […]

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Expats Volunteer opportunities in France with LAARF

Expats Volunteer opportunities in France with LAARF

Written by on April 22, 2015 in Expats in France, Pets And Animals

LAARF and France LAARFS with you: It takes all sorts to help animals in need says expat in France Jane Hunt, but there is plenty of opportunity and it’s a great way to make friends. LAARF, Les Amis des Animaux en Refuges de France is one such way to get involved and volunteer… Jac Prosser is […]

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The Grass is always Greener for some expats

The Grass is always Greener for some expats

Written by on April 14, 2015 in My French Life, Work in France

The other day I interviewed an expat British couple in France. They had moved here seven years ago, took early retirement, bought a beautiful country house with a lovely garden in a pretty village in SW France. We talked about how they find life in France and it started off well. They love the food, […]

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Property in France

Land for sale in Champ-du-Boult, Normandy, France for 1 Euro

Land for sale in Champ-du-Boult, Normandy, France for 1 Euro

Written by on May 6, 2015 in Property in France

From time to time a bit of news pops up that you have to read twice as it seems so incredible, such as the selling of land in beautiful Normandy for peanuts… The Mayor of the town of Champ-du-Boult in Calvados, famous for its apple orchards and strong liqueur of the same name, wants to […]

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Buy a Holiday Home in France for less than the price of a Ford Focus

Buy a Holiday Home in France for less than the price of a Ford Focus

With the pound at a seven-year high against the Euro, France is hot property  for holiday home owners. But if your main aim is to relax and enjoy the French lifestyle, a bricks and mortar property may not be the right choice for you. We look at reasons to choose parc life in France with Siblu, with […]

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French Property Types Explained

French Property Types Explained

Written by on February 18, 2015 in Buying a Home

An explanation of the names estate agents use to describe the different types of properties there are in France, it’s not as simple as house or flat, but this helpful list sheds light on the matter…  French Property Types Bastide: This is an old French word and general refers to medieval towns. Bastide-style properties are […]

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Recent Articles

Porte Saint-Denis Paris

Porte Saint-Denis Paris

Written by on May 27, 2015 in Photo gallery

Paris is a city full of surprises and never fails to deliver. No matter how many times you visit there’s always something new to discover… like the breathtaking Porte Saint-Denis on the Boulevard de Bonne Nouvelle in the 10th arrondissement… Porte Saint-Denis was built on the orders of Louis XIV in 1672 to celebrate his […]

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Saignon Provence a dream destination in France

Our readers’ photo of the week is Saignon in Provence. You’ll find this lovely, tranquil and typically Provencal town in the Vaucluse department in Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, south-east France. It’s perched at the top of a hill behind a large rock which dominates the valley and offers the most amazing views over the Luberon – you […]

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Win a copy of William Alexander’s Flirting with French Book

William Alexander is more than a Francophile. He wants to be French. There’s one small obstacle though: he doesn’t speak la langue française. In Flirting with French, Alexander sets out to conquer the language he loves. But will it love him back? Alexander eats, breathes, and sleeps French (even conjugating in his dreams). He travels […]

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