Holidays and Things to do

Gary Mullen and The Works One Night of Queen in France

Gary Mullen and The Works One Night of Queen in France

Written by on January 18, 2017 in Music Events, My French Life

It was with some excitement that I ventured out on a chilly January day to the Sceneo events venue in St Omer, northern France. It’s a lovely rural town, but I wasn’t there to enjoy the architecture, fabulous boulangeries and cosy cafés. I was there to meet a man called Gary Mullen and to have […]

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The magical Mimosa festivals of the south of France

The magical Mimosa festivals of the south of France

Written by on January 16, 2017 in Festivals and Carnivals, Provence-Alpes

Mimosa is a vibrant symbol of winter in the south of France and a sure sign that spring is on its way. The bright yellow flower of this scented plant grows prolifically in southern France in the Var region where the Cote d’Azur and Provence meet. The route du Mimosa is 130km long and runs […]

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The Science Museum in Paris

The Science Museum in Paris

Written by on January 7, 2017 in Museums and Châteaux, Paris

There is a shiny oasis in the north east corner of Paris that presents practical science for now and for all our futures. It is the largest science museum in Europe.  The ‘Cite’ des Sciences et de L’Industrie’ is a showcase of modern revolution and a capacious chasm depicting life beyond our present experience. About […]

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Gastronomy

Recipe for Apple and Pear Filo Pastry Parcel

Recipe for Apple and Pear Filo Pastry Parcel

Written by on January 16, 2017 in Desserts

Ingredients for 5 3 Granny Smith apples 2 pears (we used conference) 2 tablespoons dried cranberries 3 tablesppons blanched almonds ½ teaspoon all-spice 1.5 tbs brown sugar Juice of 1 lemon 60g butter 10 slices filo pastry (30cm round) Icing sugar to garnish Method Peel apples & pears and cut into 1.5 cm chunks. Roughly […]

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Scrumptious Recipe For Brioche Style Hot Cross Buns

Scrumptious Recipe For Brioche Style Hot Cross Buns

Written by on January 9, 2017 in Desserts

  A French twist to the ever popular hot cross bun! Brioche meets bun and makes for the most luscious, delicious little cakey snack – beware, they’re seriously moreish! If you have a bread machine, you can start the dough in the machine up to the second proving stage. Add the dried fruit 5 minutes […]

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How to make delicious cheesy Gougeres French style

How to make delicious cheesy Gougeres French style

Written by on December 24, 2016 in Starters

Cheese choux pastry is delicious and easy to make.  These cheesy puffs are indecently scrumptious, served still warm from the oven you’ll get a cheese steam as you bite in and they’ll disappear in no time. They make for a great snack or to serve with drinks, beware, they’re very more-ish! Ingredients for 4 people […]

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Culture and Language

Only in Paris a brilliant guide book by Duncan JD Smith

Only in Paris a brilliant guide book by Duncan JD Smith

Written by on January 24, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews

If you love Paris and fascinating facts about the world’s most popular city – you’ll love this book, it’s not a guide book like all the others. It’s not like your average guide book with details you can find anywhere on line for free – this book is written by someone who has walked its […]

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The Paris Effect by K S R Burns

The Paris Effect by K S R Burns

Written by on January 20, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews

The Paris Effect: What a story, it will make you smile and it will make you sad, plus every emotion in-between! The main character is Amy from Arizona USA. She has had a lot to contend with, for a start she’s struggling to come to terms with the sad death of her long-time friend and […]

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Queen Marie Antoinette and her adopted children

Queen Marie Antoinette and her adopted children

Written by on January 6, 2017 in Culture & Language

“Let them eat cake” – the most famous line that Marie Antoinette never said. It was first written about someone else, before Marie Antoinette ever set foot in France. She’s often portrayed as a selfish Queen spending the country’s money on her lavish lifestyle, unconcerned about the suffering all around her. But this queen had […]

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Regions of France

Rue Picardy Home of Aviation Geniuses and Miracles

Rue Picardy Home of Aviation Geniuses and Miracles

Written by on January 24, 2017 in Picardy

The town of Rue in Nord pas de Calais, Picardy, bears a certain anonymous obscurity with cunning fortitude in the Somme River basin half way between Montreuil and Abbeville. Like so many French settlements, Rue has beauty, sophistication and a special place in the history of France. I stumbled across it when I was writing […]

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Pickled in the past, the beautiful town of Bourg France

Pickled in the past, the beautiful town of Bourg France

Written by on January 20, 2017 in Aquitaine

Bourg has a fairy tale looking village, a chateau and fabulous good looks that entice visitors to want to return again and again… Blaye and Bourg in the Gironde Department, Aquitaine (Nouvelle Aquitaine as it was renamed in 2016), are synonymous in history and heritage but each embraces a special legacy, where they walked hand-in-hand […]

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Discovering the secrets of Paris | Eglise Saint Augustin

Discovering the secrets of Paris | Eglise Saint Augustin

Written by on January 13, 2017 in Paris

There’s something about ambling through the side streets of Paris, ducking into passageways, stopping in a quiet spot to sit, reflect and admire the beauty of the City of Light, all the while attempting to discover more of its glory. If you are the type of visitor who needs a bit more; who aims to […]

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Live in france

The Online Dating Scene in Paris

The Online Dating Scene in Paris

Written by on January 9, 2017 in Living in France

Anyone who has ever dated online is likely to have a fair share of horror stories. Although the world wide web has the power to connect us with thousands of people we would never have met without it, there will also be those we wish we hadn’t. Is too much choice sometimes a negative thing? […]

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The State of Video Communication, from Mobile to Immersive

The State of Video Communication, from Mobile to Immersive

Written by on January 6, 2017 in Technology

Not too long ago, video conferencing was an expensive novelty: a cool toy for tech and communications companies, but not really a tool for day-to-day business. That perception has changed quickly over the last few years, thanks to some big steps forward in both the hardware and software that make video calls possible. Since 2011, […]

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Top Tips for Brits moving to France

Top Tips for Brits moving to France

Written by on December 12, 2016 in Pensions, Retirement, Tax

There’s always such a lot to think about when you’re moving to France – from packing boxes and making sure your favourite glasses don’t get broken when you’re loading them onto the removal lorry to getting your post redirected. Some things are easy to forget but are really important for ensuring a successful move when […]

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Property in France

The Expat Good Life in Savoie

The Expat Good Life in Savoie

Written by on January 9, 2017 in Buying a Home, Expats in France

Sandy Harris booked a holiday in the French Alps and fell in love with a house she and her partner saw whilst driving to their hotel. A short while later the couple moved lock, stock and barrel to the beautiful, off the beaten track Massif des Bauges in Savoie. We talked to Sandy about expat […]

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Get the low down for hiring artisans and builders in France

Get the low down for hiring artisans and builders in France

Written by on December 22, 2016 in Renovating in France

When it comes to renovating in France, if you’re not doing it yourself then you’ll need to source a builder or artisan. Unlike in some countries French builders and artisans tend to be very regimented about what they can/will and can’t/won’t do in my experience. In the UK it’s not unusual to get someone to […]

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Maximise Your French Holiday Let Bookings in 2017

Maximise Your French Holiday Let Bookings in 2017

Written by on December 13, 2016 in Gîtes in France, Property in France

With Christmas and New Year celebrations comes the start of the booking period for the 2017 season. Donna Sloane, general manager at online accommodation specialist French Connections, says the company is preparing now to ensure that both owners and holidaymakers get the best experience from the website, including some unique offers for owner advertising packages. […]

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Recent Articles

Newsletter from Frosty France!

Newsletter from Frosty France!

Written by on January 20, 2017 in Newsletter

Bonjour Here in France we’ve been through a bit of a cold spell the last week. Even in the normally not too frosty south, my friends have been complaining of below zero temperatures. I quite like it when it’s cold out. After several years here, I’ve got the hang of making sure there’s enough wood […]

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Win 6 Best-sellling Mark Pryor Books & A Tote Bag from Paris

This is a really great gift for anyone who enjoys a great read. For fans of Paris – essential! Mark Pryor is the author of the Hugo Marston mystery series. Many of his stories are set in Paris like his latest, The Paris Librarian. The books are intriguing, atmospheric, witty and with a great hero, think […]

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Its snowing in France Newsletter

Its snowing in France Newsletter

Written by on January 13, 2017 in Newsletter

Bonjour Hope you had a good week.  Here in my corner of France we’ve had snow which my cats and dogs don’t like at all. The chickens, ducks and geese aren’t that keen either. Loulou my cat who thinks she is a princess, has hardly moved from her position on the sofa where she lords […]

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