Holidays and Things to do

Tips for Budget Travelling in France

Tips for Budget Travelling in France

Written by on April 23, 2015 in Holidays & Things to do

Whether  you’re taking a holiday in Paris or making an extended visit to France’s wonderful capital, you’ll probably hear friends and acquaintances say something along the lines of: “Paris? Oh, it’ really beautiful, but it’s expensive.” And it’s true that if you want to spend money, Paris will offer you plenty of temptations and opportunities. […]

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Monday Antiques and Flea Market Cours Saleya Nice

Monday Antiques and Flea Market Cours Saleya Nice

Written by on April 14, 2015 in Markets, Provence-Alpes

It’s Monday in Nice! The food and flower vendors are taking a well-deserved day off. Another kind of magic, a fabulous flea market/marché aux puces, appears under the colorful, striped canopies of the stalls that fill the pulsating nerve-centre of the Vieille Ville. Steps away from the siren call of the sparkling Mediterranean, another kind […]

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5 Fantastic Cycle Rides in the North of France

5 Fantastic Cycle Rides in the North of France

Written by on April 8, 2015 in Holidays & Things to do

The North of France is dotted with amazing cycle rides and the majority of them can be navigated even if you are going on a biking holiday with your family and have a need to cater for riders of all abilities.  We have though, included one route for the cycling enthusiast of greater ability amongst you […]

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Gastronomy

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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Champagne Drappier and the biggest bottle of Champagne in the world

Champagne Drappier and the biggest bottle of Champagne in the world

Written by on April 5, 2015 in Champagne-Ardenne, Wine and Drinks

A thousand year old cellar and  the biggest bottle of Champagne in the world, now that’s got to be a big pop when that cork goes! Welcome to Champagne Drappier…   Champagne Drappier in the village of Urville, Aube, Champagne  is one of the biggest Champagne houses in the area producing some two million bottles […]

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Mousse au chocolat with Mini Eggs and Cream!

Mousse au chocolat with Mini Eggs and Cream!

Written by on April 4, 2015 in Desserts

A delicious, simple but oh so pretty dessert that’s perfect for Easter. My little Pots au Chocolats  are decorated with freshly whipped cream and mini chocolate eggs and chocolate bunnies though there’s plenty of scope to choose your own decorations.  A light and fluffy two chocolate mousse that is perfect as a light dessert for Easter […]

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Culture and Language

Paris Insider Address Book | Buly 1803

Paris Insider Address Book | Buly 1803

Written by on April 13, 2015 in French Style, Funky, Paris

Buly 1803 is located at the end of rue Bonaparte in a store that you might pass if you weren’t looking for it or if you weren’t keeping your eyes peeled. It is located in an old pharmacy and the owners were smart enough to keep most of the interior intact with dark cabinets and […]

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Discovering Charles de Gaulle in France

Discovering Charles de Gaulle in France

Written by on April 5, 2015 in Champagne-Ardenne, French Icons

On the Champagne trail in the glorious countryside of the Aube Department, Janine Marsh digs deep into the culture and history of France and visits the private home of President de Gaulle, the memorial centre created in his honour and tries the President’s favourite Champagne at the house of Champagne Drappier… In the pretty town […]

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David Bowie is Paris Exhibition

David Bowie is Paris Exhibition

Written by on March 30, 2015 in Art and Artists

The David Bowie is exhibition is at the Philharmonie de Paris until May 31st.  It is a unique opportunity to get a behind the scenes tour of one of the most influential and memorable artists of the last 50 years – it’s a must for Bowie fans.  David Bowie is, is the first international retrospective […]

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Regions of France

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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75th anniversary Operation Dynamo Dunkirk

75th anniversary Operation Dynamo Dunkirk

Written by on April 8, 2015 in Events, Nord-Pas de Calais

Dunkirk, the last town to be liberated in 1945 was also the dramatic scene of a key episode at the beginning of the Second World War. Known as Operation Dynamo, it resulted in the evacuation of 340,000 allied soldiers to England, an event which will be commemorated in May 2015 for the 75th Anniversary… Great […]

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Ten Incredible Facts about Paris France

Ten Incredible Facts about Paris France

Written by on April 6, 2015 in Paris, Quirky

Paris is the most popular tourist destination in the world. Newspapers and magazines the world over write about it, it’s on our TV screens and in films, books, paintings, mugs, place mats, music and a whole heap  more places. We think we know it well but there’s always something to surprise! Here are ten facts […]

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Live in france

Pet Passport France | Update for Travel between EU and UK

Pet Passport France | Update for Travel between EU and UK

Written by on March 9, 2015 in Passports and Vaccinations

If you’re travelling in the EU with your pet you need to be aware of changes that came into effect at the end of 2014. Existing passports will be valid for the lifetime of the pet or until there’s no more room to update the treatment spaces in the passport. New passports issued from 29 […]

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Smoke Detector Law France

Smoke Detector Law France

Written by on March 8, 2015 in Heating, Insurance

As of March 8 2015, the law requires that all homes in France must have at least one functioning smoke detector installed. Smoke Detector Law France It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure this is done, so if you’re renting to someone, you need to make sure that a working, compliant smoke detector is installed.  […]

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Get your Priority Right on the French Roads

Get your Priority Right on the French Roads

Written by on February 23, 2015 in Driving in France

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been horn-blasted in France for forgetting about the ‘Priorité à droite’. To be honest, it’s such an archaic thing, even the French don’t think much of it, but it keeps everyone on their toes when approaching road junctions, especially on the edge of town. The issue […]

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Property in France

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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Abandoned French Fairy-Tale Chateau Le Mung Being Restored by Expats

Abandoned French Fairy-Tale Chateau Le Mung Being Restored by Expats

Chateau Le Mung is a neglected 800 year old chateau in southwest France, or at least it was until a British family who had moved to Australia decided to love, honour and restore it…  This is not a DIY job of the type that most of us would consider though many of us would dream […]

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French Property Market Update 2015

French Property Market Update 2015

Written by on January 21, 2015 in Property in France

Continuing a trend from the year before, house prices in regional France fell again on the whole in 2014. According to some estate agents though, there were substantial variations with popular areas seeing price rises.   French Property Market Update 2015 Propertywire.com  reports that the annual review from the FNAIM, the national association of French […]

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Recent Articles

Lilac, Moles, Alps and amazing holiday homes Newsletter from France

Bonjour! Hope you all had a great week. I’ve been out and about in my region Pas de Calais, we’ve had the most glorious spring sunshine, with temperatures reaching 30 deg C in sheltered areas, it feels like summer! The lilac blossom is blooming and fills the air with a heady scent. This week down […]

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Will I get the Legion d’Honneur for my services to France?

Last week I received this message, and I promise you it’s real: “It’s nice for a French bloke to see that you guys love my country despite all the bloody conflicts we had and I am thrilled for your commitment to share it to your fellow citizens. You deserve the sacred Legion d’honneur for promoting […]

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Newsletter from La Rochelle France!

Bonjour and Bienvenue to you all and especially to our new subscribers – a pleasure to meet you! First of all, apologies I didn’t send you my usual weekend newsletter and thank you to the many people who emailed me to ask where it was! The truth is, it was all ready to go out […]

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