Holidays and Things to do

Monaco Grand Prix History and Facts

Monaco Grand Prix History and Facts

Written by on May 25, 2016 in Active Holidays

There’s a lot to lap up in Monaco! This Formula One race is probably the most famous of its kind in the calendar and definitely the most glamorous. Run on the streets of the Principality, currently ruled by Prince Albert II who succeeded his father Prince Rainier III in 2005, the race – organised by […]

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Family Road Trip Through France

Family Road Trip Through France

Written by on May 6, 2016 in Expats in France, Tours in France

France seemed the ideal place for Brits Zoe and Andy Bridgeman and their three young children to rediscover their sense of adventure and have fun on a year-long tour… Zoe and Andy Bridgeman were happy in their lovely village called Stony Stratford in Milton Keynes, England. However,  after a few years that saw Zoe working […]

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Mademoiselle From Armentieres Café Opens in Armentieres

Mademoiselle From Armentieres Café Opens in Armentieres

History buffs will adore this little café dedicated to the “Mademoiselle From Armentières” song in the town of Armentieres, Nord in northern France. Open the door of this art deco house and you’ll be welcomed by the tunes of “it’s a long way to Tipperary” and the like. It’s a fitting reminder of the part […]

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Gastronomy

Marseille Gastronomic Gem Of Southern France

Marseille Gastronomic Gem Of Southern France

Written by on April 30, 2016 in Gastronomy, Provence-Alpes

Marseille is a city that takes its food rather seriously. You’d be forgiven for thinking that no one works in Marseille as restaurants seem to be permanently busy and lunch goes on for three hours. A waiter working a busy bar in the old port had words of wisdom to share on the matter, “The […]

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Bustronome Tour Of Paris

Bustronome Tour Of Paris

Written by on April 12, 2016 in Funky, Gastronomy, Paris, Romantic

When it comes to taking a tour of the world’s favourite city there’s not much that beats a glass top bus on which you’re served fine wines and Champagne and gourmet style food while you leisurely cruise the avenues and boulevards of Paris taking in every legendary landmark! Bustronomic tours of Paris – restaurant on […]

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Gluten Free France | Cookery Courses And Hotel In Provence

Gluten Free France | Cookery Courses And Hotel In Provence

Written by on April 11, 2016 in Celebrity Chefs, Provence-Alpes

France is the land of baguettes, croissants, cakes and pastries, it’s certainly not known for its gluten free approach to gastronomy. Indeed it is as difficult to find a doctor who will test for intolerance as it is to find a restaurant that caters to those who need to avoid gluten. But that is all […]

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Culture and Language

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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How Not To Make A Foodie Faux Pas In France

How Not To Make A Foodie Faux Pas In France

Written by on April 18, 2016 in French Language, Learn French

Food is at the centre of French culture and when it comes to language and etiquette, to a Frenchie, the worst cultural faux pas are around food, and not appreciating it properly will be seen as… gross. Luckily we have Géraldine Lepère of Comme Une Francaise to set us on the right course! When you […]

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Regions of France

Beautiful Brantome In The Dordogne

Beautiful Brantome In The Dordogne

Written by on May 27, 2016 in Aquitaine, Photo gallery

Brantôme is pretty enough to be pictured on the lid of a chocolate box. There’s something about its lush green good looks and romantic streets that makes all who visit fall in love with it… What to see and do in Brantome You’ll find Brantome in Dordogne, in the north west of Périgord Vert, and […]

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Paris City Guide

Paris City Guide

Written by on May 18, 2016 in Paris

Paris is the world’s most visited tourist destination – for a reason. Sublime architecture, incredible museums, memorable cafés and restaurants, style, sophistication and substance by the bucket load. Paris City Guide Best way to find your bearings: A tour will help you get a feel for the city straight away. Food, bike, bus, photo tours […]

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Cergy-Pontoise between Paris and the Park

Cergy-Pontoise between Paris and the Park

Written by on May 17, 2016 in Île de France

Cergy and Pontoise are towns in France that blend to provide a cultural hint of Paris – just down the road. They are situated about 30 kilometres to the north-west of the capital and both towns retain a distinct, individual identity. They lie below the southern edge of the Vexin French Regional National Park. This […]

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Live in france

Securing IT Assets

Securing IT Assets

Written by on May 9, 2016 in Internet

Securing IT Assets: How to Prevent Intruders from Accessing Your Private Conferences Website infiltration has become a pervasive problem for many companies due to the potential for sensitive data to be compromised which could result in millions of dollars in losses. The 2014 violation of the Sony Playstation network, the $81 million Bangladesh online bank […]

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European Driving Laws

European Driving Laws

Driving is a great way to explore a country you’re visiting. Going off the beaten track and discovering a hidden gem not in the guide book is one of the great joys of travel. That unrivalled feeling of freedom to go where you want, when you want. And in Europe we are spoilt for choice […]

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Bank Beating Exchange Rates

Bank Beating Exchange Rates

Written by on April 22, 2016 in Currency Information, Financial

Picture this: You’ve found your dream property, you can’t wait to enjoy it, the sun, the wine, the laid back life style. But first, you have to make international transfers either in large sums to pay for it outright (or) send regular payments to pay a mortgage or service charges. It brings you back down […]

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Property in France

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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Beginner’s Guide to Buying Property in France

Beginner’s Guide to Buying Property in France

Written by on April 22, 2016 in Buying a Home, Property in France

You want to buy a property in France but you’re bombarded with advice, some of it conflicting, some of it frankly out of date. So we’ve put together an beginner’s guide to the property market in France and here we look at buying a property… In the last edition of The Good Life France we […]

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Recent Articles

Newsletter from Nice May 2016

Newsletter from Nice May 2016

Written by on May 27, 2016 in Newsletter

Bonjour Hope you had a great week – there was plenty to celebrate with National Wine Day on 25 Mayand National Escargot Day on 24 May.  If you follow me on Facebook you’ll know I held a poll to see whether people think snails are yum or yuck – the yums totally have it! I’ve […]

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Tarte Tatin, ducks and more newsletter from France!

Bonjour I hope you’ve had a good week – I’ve certainly had a packed week! Imagine my surprise, when, I was sitting having my morning cup of tea in the kitchen and, I looked up and saw Rocky the rescue duck who refuses to stay in the pen, making her way to the back door […]

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Six Great Family Days Out in Paris

Paris is flirty, fun and fabulous – it’s also fantastic for families! We take a look at 6 great things for the whole family to enjoy in and around Paris with some great ideas from Voyages-SNCF.com… 1. The Louvre The Louvre is one of the best known museums in the world. Housing Leonardo’s Mona Lisa […]

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