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

The unique French Gin Distillerie near Calais

The unique French Gin Distillerie near Calais

Written by on October 23, 2014 in Nord-Pas de Calais, Wine and Drinks

The skill of making a French style gin once produced in vast quantities and enjoyed by the miners of northern France to fortify themselves against the rigours of work in the coal mines has been all but lost. Janine Marsh tracks down one of the last of the great gin distillers of France near Calais… […]

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Wines of Corsica

Wines of Corsica

Written by on October 13, 2014 in Corsica, Wine and Drinks

We take a look at the wines of Corsica, grown on the slopes and earth of this most beautiful French island in the Mediterannean… It’s the scent of Corsica that lingers longest. The French call it maquis, the locals macchia, both a name for the aroma of rosemary, thyme, marjoram, mint, and a myriad of […]

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Opera Cake History and French Flair

Opera Cake History and French Flair

Written by on October 6, 2014 in French Cuisine

There are many great French cakes but for connoisseurs, the cake known as Opera represents a taste of France at its most sophisticated and delicious. Opera Cake History The creation of the cake goes back to 1955 when great French pastry chef Cyriaque Gavillon worked at the legendary Dalloyau shop in Paris. Dalloyau have been […]

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Culture and Language

Win A Fabulous French Conversation Course

Win A Fabulous French Conversation Course

Written by on October 10, 2014 in French Language

The Good Life France has partnered with Comme Une Francaise to offer a fabulous prize – a French conversation course worth €257 that will help you parlez Francais like a local… All you have to do is click on the contest page at Comme Une Francaise and answer a very easy question: WIN A FRENCH CONVERSATION […]

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Daughter of Catalonia by Jane Mackenzie

Daughter of Catalonia by Jane Mackenzie

Written by on October 3, 2014 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Daughter of Catalonia by Jane Mackenzie is the story of Madeleine, a young woman of Catalan heritage who has been living a staid existence with her grandparents in England. As a six year old she was forced to leave occupied France with her mother and brother while her Spanish-born father stayed on to (fatally) fight […]

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50s Fashion France show in Paris

50s Fashion France show in Paris

Written by on September 30, 2014 in Arty, French Style

In 1947, Christian Dior launched the first collection of his own fashion house, it revolutionized fashion codes and femininity. Immediately dubbed the ‘New Look” by Harper’s Bazaar editor in chief Carmel Snow, the “hourglass” figure and its extravagant demand for fabric, coming after the frugal years of the war created a furore. It met with […]

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Regions of France

A perfect Paris Moment and a great Paris hotel

A perfect Paris Moment and a great Paris hotel

Written by on October 8, 2014 in Funky, Paris

If you want to stay somewhere central and special in Paris then add Hotel Balmoral to your list. I stayed here for one night in September on my way to the north of France from the south. It was late, a hot sticky Paris night and I had just completed a 4 hour train journey. […]

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Beautiful Video of Paris France

Beautiful Video of Paris France

Written by on October 7, 2014 in Paris, Romantic

If you’ve never been to Paris and want to know what it really looks like then this beautiful 5 minute video of Paris France will show you… and if you’ve been and you want to remember it how it is, this video will remind you just how stunning the city of light can be. When […]

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A Wander Through Eze France

A Wander Through Eze France

Written by on October 7, 2014 in Provence-Alpes

A Wander through Èze, a 1000 year old medieval village that clings to the side of an ancient rocky mountain in Provence above the Mediterannean sea. A village that enchants all who go there… Eze France On a recent family holiday to Cannes my mother in law Del insisted that we visit Èze. She became […]

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Live in france

Expats in France offer new life for old dogs

Expats in France offer new life for old dogs

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

Some people move to France and enjoy the relaxed lifestyle. Others move to France and do something completely different. We talk to an amazing couple from England who thought they would retire and take life easy. Instead they set up a home for elderly dogs, an undertaking that has profoundly changed their lives and bought […]

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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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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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Recent Articles

Renoir, Halloween, Gin and more newsletter from France!

Bonjour! As you read this newsletter, I’m on the road yet again – this time on my way south to Sarthe. I’m going to explore the area and I’ll be starting off at an historic town called La Fleche (which means arrow in French). I know very little about this part of France, in fact […]

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House of Renoir photo gallery

House of Renoir photo gallery

Written by on October 23, 2014 in Photo gallery

A visit to the house where the great impressionist painter Pierre August Renoir lived in the charming little village of Essoyes, in the Aube department of Champagne-Ardennes. Janine Marsh is one of the first British journalists to enter the home of the painter since it was sold by the family to the town he once […]

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Expats in Carcassonne

Expats in Carcassonne

Written by on October 20, 2014 in Expats in France

We talk to Babs and husband Rich who decided to change their lives by moving to Carcassonne in south west France. On a cold February day they flew to France to view some properties, unsure if it was what they really wanted to do or if they were “completely bonkers”. They looked at several properties over […]

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