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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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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Win a French Language Course!

Win a French Language Course!

Written by on May 7, 2015 in Competitions, Courses, News

Win a brilliant French language course: ”French Conversation with Confidence” by Comme une Française, exclusively for readers of the The Good Life France! Valued at Euros 257.00 the course will help you with words and pronunciation and it’s great fun! If you want to Parler like a Francaise then hurry and enter because the contest closes on […]

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Regions of France

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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Markets in France | Lyon

Markets in France | Lyon

Written by on April 29, 2015 in Rhône Alpes

As he has done every Saturday morning for two decades, Marcel parks his battered white van on Avenue Edouard Millaud, main thoroughfare of the rural area west of Lyon. Removing a contraption that resembles a strangely-doctored bicycle, this robust senior citizen cycles hundreds of kilometres, but never leaves his spot in front of the Craponne […]

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Behind a Quiet Door | Palais Lascaris Museum Nice

Behind a Quiet Door | Palais Lascaris Museum Nice

Written by on April 23, 2015 in Provence-Alpes

Palais Lascaris Museum in Nice: Discovering ancient houses and their history is a great joy, it bring out the curious in us about the life of the residents who once lived there and the stories that were told… In Nice, one such ancient building with a story to tell is the is  the Palais Lascaris […]

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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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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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Jelly head, cakes, French language and more newsletter from France

Bonjour, coucou, bienvenue! If you follow me on Facebook, you’ll know I’ve been a bit quiet this week. Unusual for me I know. I was in London where I was being interviewed for an appearance in the Financial Times. For those who don’t live in the UK, it’s a well-known newspaper with a big circulation. […]

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Alarm clock Birds and chickens and more newsletter from France

Bonjour… and bon weekend! We’ve had lots of rain and lots of sun this week in my part of northern France – typical spring weather. At last the lilac is blooming, the bluebells are out and the roses are budding. The wild birds are in full song – every morning as soon as the sun […]

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