Holidays and Things to do

Golf in France

Golf in France

Written by on September 30, 2014 in Golf

There are more than 550 golf courses in France, combined with outstanding gastronomy, landscape, history and culture, a golf holiday in France makes for a perfect break…. We take a look at some of the most charming courses in France just a short journey from the UK suitable for all levels of players. Brittany’s golf […]

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Major Events France October 2014

Major Events France October 2014

Written by on September 30, 2014 in Month By Month

National Event in Paris – Nuit Blanche 4th October 2014. Held annually on the first Saturday night in October when museums, public buildings, monuments, swimming pools, cinemas, parks, universities  and historic sites are open to the public all night – an art an culture party!  National Event: Semaine du Gout – Taste Week: 13-19 October.  In Paris […]

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Things to see in Mons Belgium

Things to see in Mons Belgium

Written by on September 17, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials

Mons in Belgium is known for its ‘First and the Last‘ reputation attained during World War One. It is the town on the Frontline where the first and last major engagements of World War One took place, where the first and last English soldiers were killed in Europe, their remains buried next to each other […]

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Gastronomy

Soulages Museum Rodez and its fabulous Restaurant

Soulages Museum Rodez and its fabulous Restaurant

Written by on September 25, 2014 in Art and Artists, Celebrity Chefs, Midi-Pyrénées

The Two giants of Rodez in Aveyron – the French artist and the French chef, a winning and inspirational combination… Pierre Soulages – Black to black If you know a little bit about French culture then the chances are you’re already familiar with the internationally acclaimed painter and sculpture Pierre Soulages, if only for his […]

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Traditional French Aligot recipe

Traditional French Aligot recipe

Written by on September 24, 2014 in Main Courses

Flavours of the Aveyron… Having been privileged to meet one of France’s top (3 Michelin stars) chefs, Michel Bras, I was curious to know more about the two dishes which he said for him, summed up the essence of the Aveyron. Aligot and Flaune are his choices… Classic French Aligot recipe Aligot is a dish […]

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Traditional French Flaune recipe from Aveyron

Traditional French Flaune recipe from Aveyron

Written by on September 24, 2014 in Desserts

Flaune is a medieval dish very typical of the Aveyron. Originally from the Rouergue and Causses areas, it remains a popular dessert which you’ll often found eaten in the warmer months. So popular in fact that as I hunted amongst the patisseries of Rodez on a balmy Friday evening, there was not a single one […]

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Culture and Language

Pictures of France book

Pictures of France book

Written by on September 10, 2014 in Book Reviews And Interviews

I’ve been a fan of Perry Taylor’s quirky drawings of France for a while now. I love how he captures the spirit of rural France, the old ladies in their house coats and wellies, farmers leaning on fence posts, 2CVs careering round corners. He has just published his first book, a collection of his drawings […]

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How to speak French like a French person

How to speak French like a French person

Written by on September 9, 2014 in Courses, Learn French

So, you want to learn French. Well, there are lots of courses to help you. But, what if you want to speak French like a French person…Comme Une Francaise. Imagine you have a best friend who is French. She is willing to teach you to talk like a French person, tell you the in-words, the […]

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The House that Jean Cocteau painted

The House that Jean Cocteau painted

Written by on September 1, 2014 in Art and Artists

An extraordinary story of how the legendary artist Jean Cocteau painted the rooms of a house on the French Riviera where he stayed for a holiday. Jean Cocteau was born on 5 July 1889. He was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Incredibly popular, his friends and lovers included Pablo Picasso, […]

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Regions of France

Villefranche-de-Rouergue Aveyron

Villefranche-de-Rouergue Aveyron

Written by on September 24, 2014 in Midi-Pyrénées

Villefranche-de-Rouergue – a celebration of local life and produce… The Aveyron region of France is known both for its abundance of local produce, its raw and captivating landscape and its intriguing gastronomy and if Conques was fuel for the soul of the ancient pilgrims en route to Santiago de Compostela, then surely Villefranche-de-Rouergue was a […]

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Conques France, the jewel of Aveyron

Conques France, the jewel of Aveyron

Written by on September 23, 2014 in Midi-Pyrénées

Nourishing the soul in the ever changing light of Conques, a lure for the modern day pilgrim and a place of contemplative beauty says Lucy Pitts as she visits the medieval town in the Aveyron region… There is always something wonderfully evocative about the medieval towns and villages you find dotted along the pilgrim trails […]

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5 ways to travel in Paris

5 ways to travel in Paris

Written by on September 17, 2014 in Paris, Quirky

If you’re planning to visit Paris, the chances are you will need to use public transport.  Luckily for you, transport choices in Paris are excellent, there’s no need to take your own car, just sit back and enjoy the ride as we take a look at 5 great ways to travel in Paris…. 5 great […]

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Live in france

Real Life Fairy-Tale Chateau to rent in France

Real Life Fairy-Tale Chateau to rent in France

Written by on September 3, 2014 in Midi-Pyrénées, Wedding Expertise

Step through the ornate gates that lead to the Secret Chateau de M in Gascony and you’ll enter a different world… a beautifully preserved centuries old living artwork – a secluded and intoxicating Chateau to rent in the heart of south west France… A most beautiful Chateau to rent in France An avenue flanked by […]

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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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Property in France

House Prices in France 2014 reach new low

House Prices in France 2014 reach new low

Written by on September 25, 2014 in Property in France

House prices and mortgage rates in France fall making that French dream home purchase a little bit easier for British buyers… Brokers have reported that the cost of a French mortgage has fallen to an all-time low (September 2014). For British buyers this means that they may expect to pay a rate of just 3.1% […]

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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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Autumn, Paris, Travel Newsletter from France

Bonjour and Bon Weekend to you all… A great big thank to all our new subscribers – so many of you, it is lovely to meet you. A huge thanks to everyone who has been sharing our newsletter and passing details of The Good Life France on to friends and family, it is truly appreciated. […]

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Cheapest Fares London to Paris

Cheapest Fares London to Paris

Written by on September 26, 2014 in News

A tale of two cities as travel between London and Paris just got cheaper for a limited time… IDBUS, the long distance coach service operated by France’s SNCF company has just announced details of a special offer. Their low cost coach service linking Europe’s major cities just got even cheaper as they’ve released a number […]

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P&O Ferries Dover to Calais Day Trip Deal Autumn 2014

P&O Ferries has uncorked a cracking deal for day trippers heading across the Channel this autumn… Book a Dover – Calais day trip for a car and passengers and collect six free bottles of the new red, white or rosé Vive La Vie! wine from JP Chenet on board. With fares starting at £25.00 return […]

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