Holidays and Things to do

Chateau Azay-le-Rideau

Chateau Azay-le-Rideau

Written by on August 20, 2014 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux

Standing proud on an island in the middle of the Indre River, the exquisite little Château of Azay-le-Rideau was built between 1518 and 1527, during the reign of François I and is one of the most popular of the Loire Valley Chateaux. Chateau Azay le Rideau History It was one of the first of many […]

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Behind the Lines in Montreuil-sur-Mer

Behind the Lines in Montreuil-sur-Mer

Written by on August 19, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials

August 2014 marked the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. The world’s most intense trench warfare and loss of life took place between 1914 and 1918 in Nord-Pas de Calais amongst the green and rural landscape. Bob Lyons reports on an exhibition that looks behind the lines in Montreuil-sur-Mer… If you are fascinated […]

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Visiting key sites of the Great War in France by coach

Visiting key sites of the Great War in France by coach

Written by on August 18, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials

I have always had a great interest in the events of the First World War. As a child, I grew up with the culture of it all. My grandfather served in the British army and fought at Vimy Ridge, northern France, during the conflict. He was poisoned by gas, left totally deaf but somehow survived […]

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Gastronomy

Sticky Toffee Pudding Macarons recipe

Sticky Toffee Pudding Macarons recipe

Written by on August 28, 2014 in Desserts

Jill Colonna is the Macaron Queen of Paris and her book Mad about Macarons is full of fabulous recipes for macaron marvels like this gorgeous sticky toffee pudding macarons recipe that she’s shared with us… See here for a basic macaron recipe – though it isn’t Jill Colonna’s. INGREDIENTS: 150g organic egg whites 100g fine […]

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3 of the most popular foods in France

3 of the most popular foods in France

Written by on August 21, 2014 in French Cuisine

Have you ever wondered why there are so many sexy, slim, young looking and stylish women and men in Paris despite the number of boulangeries, patisseries and fine restaurants? To some it is is called the French Paradox. French nutritionist Yves Calmette explains more about the theory of the French Paradox and 3 foods the […]

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Classic French Beurre Noisette recipe

Classic French Beurre Noisette recipe

Written by on August 18, 2014 in Starters

Beurre Noisette means brown butter, nut brown butter. Literally beurre noisette means hazenut butter although no hazelnuts are used in its production – it’s more about it being a hazelnut colour with a slightly nutty taste. It sounds quite fancy but actually a beurre noisette recipe is really simple to make and is a classic French […]

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Culture and Language

Mad about Macarons by Jill Colonna

Mad about Macarons by Jill Colonna

Written by on August 28, 2014 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Jill Colonna is mad about macarons. And she’s got a point – the meringue-y, almond-y, elegant little delights in delicious flavours epitomize French gourmet pâtisserie. But, they have a reputation for being difficult to make and, therefore, best left to the professionals. Jill became a self-proclaimed macaronivore after moving to Paris as a young woman […]

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Vanessa Couchman Author of The House at Zaronza

Vanessa Couchman Author of The House at Zaronza

Written by on August 28, 2014 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Vanessa Couchman author of The House at Zaronza, and her husband Per have lived in southwest France for seventeen years. After spending holidays in the area, they decided to make the move from England and live there permanently. They found their house, La Lune, while attending a property exposition in London and it was love […]

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Review of The House at Zaronza by Vanessa Couchman

Review of The House at Zaronza by Vanessa Couchman

Written by on August 28, 2014 in Book Reviews And Interviews

When Rachel Swift arrived in Zaronza on a September afternoon, she felt a strange affinity for the Corsican village even though she’d never been there before. But then she had recently discovered that her grandmother was Corsican. That’s why she was in Zaronza… to trace that previously unknown part of her family tree. What she […]

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Regions of France

Horse riding holidays in Normandy

Horse riding holidays in Normandy

Written by on September 1, 2014 in Normandy

In 2014 Normandy hosts the world famous World Equestrian Games (August to September). It isn’t surprising that Normandy was chosen as the perfect location for this prestigious event since it has a rich heritage of horse breeding, two national studs, hundreds of equestrian centres and equestrian events taking place throughout the year. Normandy truly is […]

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The Amazing and Unique Library at Saint Omer

The Amazing and Unique Library at Saint Omer

Written by on August 22, 2014 in Book Reviews And Interviews, Nord-Pas de Calais

When you enter the modern doorway of the municipal library in Saint Omer, Nord-Pas de Calais, you will think it just like any other library in any other town in France – but you would be wrong. This library houses a secret, a room that is home to some of the oldest books in the […]

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The Marais in Paris

The Marais in Paris

Written by on August 19, 2014 in Paris

The Marais is an enticing mélange of old and traditional plus contemporary and slightly quirky. It is one of the most compelling areas in Paris. You can go to temple or to church and on the way home, pick up a hip new ensemble for visiting the gallery of modern art. You may pause to […]

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Live in france

Volunteering in France | At the SPA Animal rescue

Volunteering in France | At the SPA Animal rescue

Written by on August 13, 2014 in Expats in France, Pets And Animals

Lots of expats retire to France or go for a better quality of life and have more time on their hands. For many it is a great opportunity to do some voluntary work. Helping out a branch of SPA for just a couple of hours a week, the Société de Protection des Animaux is an […]

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An American Student in France

An American Student in France

Written by on August 11, 2014 in Education

American student Joel Freeman spent a year in Pau, on the edge of the Pyrénées in Aquitaine on a USAC (University Studies Abroad Consortium) study programme. France is one of the most popular study abroad options and for many students it is a life-changing experience. Going back to the US was tough to start with for Joel […]

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Expats Guide to cheaper train travel in France

Expats Guide to cheaper train travel in France

Written by on August 4, 2014 in Holiday Travel, Pets And Animals

How to keep the cost down when travelling on a train in France. Expats in France can use a regional pass to save money or sign up to receive details of first come first served cheap tickets for long journeys. But don’t take the dog says Donna Kerridge… “Et le chien?”  asks the conducteur, indicating […]

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Property in France

5 key tips for finding cheap properties in France

5 key tips for finding cheap properties in France

Written by on August 18, 2014 in Buying a Home

We all love to look at pictures of chateaux and grand mansion houses for sale in France and dream we are the owners with huge gardens and private beaches. The reality though is that the great majority of us simply can’t afford such luxurious properties – the price tag is just as impressive as the […]

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Top tips for buying a property in France

Top tips for buying a property in France

Written by on July 23, 2014 in Buying a Home

As I stood looking in the window of an immobilier (estate agent) in France last week, I heard someone say in English: “I want that one”. It is something I hear a lot. I travel all over France and love to look at the properties advertised in the windows of the immobiliers, sometimes I go […]

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Ten Reasons for living in Monaco

Ten Reasons for living in Monaco

Written by on May 26, 2014 in Buying a Home

Monaco frequently tops lists as one of the best places in the world to live, and if you are already the proud owner of Monaco real estate, you probably know why. But for those of you new on the Monaco property scene who are looking to make the move, here are our Top 10 Reasons […]

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Anniversaries and Give Aways, the Crème de la Crème from France newsletter

Bonjour to you all and a very warm welcome to our new subscribers – it is a pleasure to meet you. This week I have two anniversaries! First, it was three years ago that I dreamed up the idea for The Good Life France. A few months later, after I learned what a website is […]

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How to stay in touch with family from France

Expat tales from France: Grand-Mère dans la Boîte. When 68 year old Debby Bine decided to have a fresh start in life and leave the US for France, she had to figure out a way to keep in touch with the family she’d left behind… In 2013 I moved to France. That’s probably no big […]

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French rail travel news for British travellers 2014

Savvy travellers know that a great way to get around France is by train. The rail networks in France are in a league of their own – fast, efficient and rarely off schedule. Travelling by train is easy (check out our tips from rail travel in France) and for British travellers who want to travel […]

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