Holidays and Things to do

Family Friendly Holidays in France

Family Friendly Holidays in France

Lot of parents say that they have problems trying to book a holiday in France that offers self-catering accommodation where the needs of children of all ages are provided for, including babies and toddlers. Pagel  Child Centred Holidays near Cahors, in the Lot region, southwest France, set out to knock this issue on the head […]

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Lille Braderie 2015

Lille Braderie 2015

Written by on August 6, 2015 in Markets, Nord-Pas de Calais

The Braderie de Lille is the BIG one, the biggest flea market in Europe and for lovers of vintage, bargains and old tat this is a place of wonderment and temptation… Ancient History Held every September, the Braderie de Lille has been going on for centuries. No one knows for sure why or how it […]

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Marionnettes Festival Charleville-Mezieres

Marionnettes Festival Charleville-Mezieres

Written by on July 30, 2015 in Champagne-Ardenne, Festivals and Carnivals

Quirky and Quaint – the World’s Biggest Puppet Party, Charleville-Meziers, Champagne-Ardennes… It may not be quite so well known as the Place Stanislas in Nancy, but Place Ducal in Charleville-Mezieres, in the region of Ardennes, Champagne-Ardenne is one of the finest and most beautiful in France. Visitors may be forgiven for thinking that they may […]

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Gastronomy

Pan-fried red mullet Recipe with thyme

Pan-fried red mullet Recipe with thyme

Written by on August 17, 2015 in Main Courses

This delicious fish dish is perfect for any day of the week. Daniel Galmiche’s  pan-fried red mullet recipe with Thyme is a French classic, shared from his French Brasserie Cookbook, The Heart of French Home Cooking, a taste sensation… Preparation time 20 minutes, plus making the potatoes Cooking time 15 minutes Ingredients 4 garlic cloves, […]

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Provencal Vegetable Gratin

Provencal Vegetable Gratin

Written by on August 17, 2015 in Main Courses, Starters

A scrumptious dish for classic Provencal vegetable gratin from Chef Daniel Galmiche, Michelin star chef and author of the French Brasserie cookbook – The Heart of French Home Cooking… Preparation time 20 minutes, plus making the aubergine caviar Cooking time 1 hour 5 minutes Ingredients 2 large yellow courgettes, cut into long 5mm/¼in-thick slices 125ml/3fl […]

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French Lemon Meringue Tart Recipe

French Lemon Meringue Tart Recipe

Written by on August 15, 2015 in Desserts

This French lemon meringue tart recipe gives you that zingy feeling (les peps in French) as you bite through the clouds of meringue into the citrus, with a final hint of salt in the pastry. Sublime tangy tarts can be had in Rue de Turenne, Rue du Bac, and also in Rue de Seine at […]

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Culture and Language

Picnic in Provence review

Picnic in Provence review

Written by on September 3, 2015 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Picnic in Provence by Elizabeth Bard is a deliciously romantic, funny, foodie and fabulous read. The story of New Yorker Elizabeth’s life with her French husband is sweet but real with all the ups and downs of normal daily life in France – and in this case in Provence. I haven’t read the Elizabeth’s first […]

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Guide to the markets of Paris

Guide to the markets of Paris

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

Going to the markets in France is a way to experience the culture of a region, town or village. It’s true of tiny hamlets and big cities including Paris. But in Paris – where to start? There are dozens of markets of several types, from food to flea markets but luckily there is a little […]

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French Facial Expressions

French Facial Expressions

Written by on August 14, 2015 in Learn French, Words And Phrases

French facial expressions – or how to speak French without saying a word! 5 Minute French Lesson Anyone who has ever had a conversation with a French person will know that facial expressions are important. The famous shrugging of the shoulders and the pfft sound are so typically French. French people are famous for never […]

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Regions of France

The Car that went to Menton France

The Car that went to Menton France

Written by on August 26, 2015 in Guest Blogs, Provence-Alpes

Menton is one of my favourite towns in France and I have spent and still do spend much time there. The famous Lemon Festival is one the highlights of my year…. So says Peter Jones, Francophile, who in the 1980′s was managing a Building Society branch office in Stratford on Avon, England (Shakespeare country) where […]

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The Saturday market Montreuil-sur-Mer

The Saturday market Montreuil-sur-Mer

Written by on August 15, 2015 in Blog, Nord-Pas de Calais

Every Saturday for as long as anyone can remember, and much further back than that, there has been a market in the main square of Montreuil-sur-Mer, Pas de Calais. It is a lovely little town, filled with cobbled streets and narrow alleyways that snake their way through the middle of ancient buildings and shops. It […]

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Perigord Walnuts

Perigord Walnuts

Written by on August 13, 2015 in Aquitaine, Gastronomy

Papa – my French girlfriend’s father – was in ‘ribbing the English’ mood, specifically me. If he was to be my father-in-law, I had certain standards to meet. It was a game he liked to play at my expense, not least because he knew I took it all in good sport…much of the time! Well, […]

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Live in france

Top Tips for starting a business in France

Top Tips for starting a business in France

Written by on August 18, 2015 in Working in France

Did you know that self-employed expats in France may be able to claim costs for “ongoing education” such as learning French?  Or that some town halls in France offer a sign post to help guests find your gite or rental property easily? Jo-ann Howell has built up almost two decades of experience of working with […]

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Stockloc storage in France

Stockloc storage in France

Written by on July 20, 2015 in Living in France

When Britons Tina and Phil Sharpe fell in love with the Gers area of France they knew that one day they would want to move there. For now though they had to carry on working in the UK. They bought a holiday home there and spent as much as time as they could enjoying the […]

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Update to French Driving Rules 2015

Update to French Driving Rules 2015

New rules come into force as at July 2015 for drivers and cyclists in France. You need to be aware of them since breaking the rules unwittingly won’t save you from being fined or worse, you could have your vehicle confiscated. The full rules can be found at the Government website: www.securiteroutiere.gouv.fr French Driving Rules […]

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Property in France

British interest in French property rocketing…

British interest in French property rocketing…

Written by on August 9, 2015 in Buying a Home, Property in France

British buyers are snapping up French property bargains following the May election, in what is described as “once in a decade” conditions. Trevor Leggett, Chairman of Leggett Immobilier commented on the recent surge in demand for French property: “It was a timely photo opportunity between David Cameron and  Francois Hollande in Paris in early summer. […]

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How to find your dream home in France

How to find your dream home in France

Written by on June 29, 2015 in Buying a Home, Property in France

Not sure how to get your property search off the ground? Let us takes you through the nitty-gritties of French house-hunting and en route to finding your dream home in France! 1. Location, location, location You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again, location is critical when you start your house hunting expedition. Work […]

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Long Distance House Hunting in France

Long Distance House Hunting in France

Written by on June 8, 2015 in Buying a Home, Property in France

The trials and tribulations of buying in France for those who live a long way away. Mark Galloway lives in Hong Kong but dreams of becoming an expat in France. Here he talks about long-distance planning for property purchases…. Thousands of would-be home owners nip across the Channel from the UK to France, but, spare […]

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Recent Articles

Tax and Finance seminars for UK expats in France

UK expats in the south of France are invited to join a free seminar run by finance and tax experts Blevins Franks. A series of seminars will be held in towns in the south of France covering important subjects such as UK pension changes and changes to French rules affecting inheritance as well as the […]

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Mad Ducks, Chickens, Provence, Champagne and more

Bonjour! It’s been a bit of a wet week here in northern France but today the sun is out and its very warm – I felt it was a perfect day to let the baby ducks be introduced to each other! Mad Duck hatched 5 girls and Bella, daughter of Belle, hatched 4 girls and […]

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Langres France photos

Langres France photos

Written by on August 20, 2015 in Photo gallery

Langres is one of the finest towns in France and for history lovers and admirers of places that look remarkably unchanged over the centuries Langres will thrill. In the heart of the Haut-Marne department in Champagne-Ardenne, Langres is at the gateway to Champagne and Burgundy. 3.5 kilometres of ramparts surround and hug the hill top […]

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