Holidays and Things to do

Hotel de la Paix Montparnasse Paris

Hotel de la Paix Montparnasse Paris

Written by on April 22, 2016 in Holidays & Things to do, Paris

If you’re looking for a comfy, friendly hotel at a great price in central Paris, this one’s for you! It will come as no surprise to find out that those clever folk at Sawday’s found the Hotel de la Paix and include it in their Paris hotels recommendations in their latest edition of Sawday’s Special […]

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Saint-Ouen Flea Market Paris

Saint-Ouen Flea Market Paris

Written by on April 19, 2016 in Funky, Markets, Paris, Quirky

Saint-Ouen market in Paris is said to be the biggest antiques market in the world! For lovers of vintage, Les Puces de Saint-Ouen as it is called, or rather just “Les Puces” by those in the know, in the northern suburbs of Paris, Saint-Denis, is a must. It’s a fun, fabulous shopping venue where you’ll discover […]

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Bagatelle Theme Park Northern France

Bagatelle Theme Park Northern France

Written by on April 17, 2016 in Nord-Pas de Calais, Theme Parks

Bagatelle or Baggy Land as it is sometimes rather whimsically called, is big, bold and brilliant for waterproof children and patient parents… There are plenty of theme parks to visit in France but one of the most charming and authentically French ones I’ve been to is Bagatelle in Pas de Calais, about an hour from […]

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Gastronomy

Bustronome Tour Of Paris

Bustronome Tour Of Paris

Written by on April 12, 2016 in Funky, Gastronomy, Paris, Romantic

When it comes to taking a tour of the world’s favourite city there’s not much that beats a glass top bus on which you’re served fine wines and Champagne and gourmet style food while you leisurely cruise the avenues and boulevards of Paris taking in every legendary landmark! Bustronomic tours of Paris – restaurant on […]

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Gluten Free France | Cookery Courses And Hotel In Provence

Gluten Free France | Cookery Courses And Hotel In Provence

Written by on April 11, 2016 in Celebrity Chefs, Provence-Alpes

France is the land of baguettes, croissants, cakes and pastries, it’s certainly not known for its gluten free approach to gastronomy. Indeed it is as difficult to find a doctor who will test for intolerance as it is to find a restaurant that caters to those who need to avoid gluten. But that is all […]

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Maison Fallot Mustard Museum And Factory Visit In Beaune

Maison Fallot Mustard Museum And Factory Visit In Beaune

Written by on April 9, 2016 in Burgundy, Gastronomy

Maison Fallot mustard makers are a family owned business and one of the last independent mustard-makers in Burgundy. They produce 5% of the mustard made in France and for mustard fans, they have an extra treat – a mustard museum in the town of Beaune in Burgundy. Actually it’s an interesting visit either way as […]

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Culture and Language

Painters Day Montreuil-sur-Mer

Painters Day Montreuil-sur-Mer

Written by on April 20, 2016 in Art and Artists, Nord-Pas de Calais

Every year the little hill top town of Montreuil-sur-Mer in the northern French department of Pas de Calais, holds an annual Painter’s Day and the whole town buzzes with colour as artists arrive to capture its lovely looks on paper for a day! In mid-August, 100 or more painters turn up with their easels and […]

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A taste of Morzine Haute-Savoie, France

A taste of Morzine Haute-Savoie, France

Written by on April 18, 2016 in Courses, Rhône Alpes

As you intrepid skiers head off to the mountains for your last fling of the season, or you early bird hikers strap on your boots for some alpine air, try if you can to visit Morzine, about an hour east of Geneva and a little further north of Chamonix. There’s lots of reasons to visit […]

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How Not To Make A Foodie Faux Pas In France

How Not To Make A Foodie Faux Pas In France

Written by on April 18, 2016 in French Language, Learn French

Food is at the centre of French culture and when it comes to language and etiquette, to a Frenchie, the worst cultural faux pas are around food, and not appreciating it properly will be seen as… gross. Luckily we have Géraldine Lepère of Comme Une Francaise to set us on the right course! When you […]

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Regions of France

Lens City Guide

Lens City Guide

Written by on April 28, 2016 in Nord-Pas de Calais

Lens is a former mining town that over the last few decades has been busy reinventing itself.  Some of the most defining characteristics of the city are the enormous slag heaps that are a legacy of its mining days. Rather than let them blot the landscape, Lens has made them into a feature, a haven […]

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Roquebrun Languedoc Roussillon France

Roquebrun Languedoc Roussillon France

Written by on April 28, 2016 in Languedoc-Roussillon

Rocquebrun is a lovely village in the Saint-Chinian area of Languedoc-Roussillon. It has been granted its own local appellation status and as you approach the village from the south you’ll see it clinging to the hill side, with its feet cooling off in the River Orb. If you can visit in September you’ll find the […]

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A Moment With Moët et Chandon Epernay

A Moment With Moët et Chandon Epernay

Written by on April 25, 2016 in Champagne-Ardenne, My French Life

I’ve loved Champagne since I was 18 years old when a boyfriend whose middle name was Rutherford gave me a bottle of Moët et Chandon for my birthday. I thought I was sophisticated, elegant and oh so posh with my heavy green bottle and its iconic label. I kept it in a cupboard in my […]

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Live in france

Bank Beating Exchange Rates

Bank Beating Exchange Rates

Written by on April 22, 2016 in Currency Information, Financial

Picture this: You’ve found your dream property, you can’t wait to enjoy it, the sun, the wine, the laid back life style. But first, you have to make international transfers either in large sums to pay for it outright (or) send regular payments to pay a mortgage or service charges. It brings you back down […]

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Ask the Experts the answers to your tax in France questions

Ask the Experts the answers to your tax in France questions

Written by on April 18, 2016 in Tax

If you have a question about tax in France, contact us at The Good Life France and we’ll see if we can help you with our expert’s help. Question: I want to take a lump sum of my private UK pension. Is it better to take it before I move to France? I have been […]

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Renovating Property In France Money-Saving Tips

Renovating Property In France Money-Saving Tips

Written by on April 5, 2016 in Renovating in France, Tax

Renovating property in France is what expats do! We love to upgrade, restore and make old buildings worthy again from barns to chateaux – but did you know that certain home improvements can result in significant income tax gains? Jo-Ann Howell takes a look at just what tax relief and benefits are available to home […]

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Property in France

Beginner’s Guide to Buying Property in France

Beginner’s Guide to Buying Property in France

Written by on April 22, 2016 in Buying a Home, Property in France

You want to buy a property in France but you’re bombarded with advice, some of it conflicting, some of it frankly out of date. So we’ve put together an beginner’s guide to the property market in France and here we look at buying a property… In the last edition of The Good Life France we […]

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What Would Brexit Mean For French Property Buyers?

What Would Brexit Mean For French Property Buyers?

Written by on March 7, 2016 in Property in France

The UK is set to hold a referendum on June 23 2016 on whether Britain should remain in the European Union. This will give voters the right to choose to vote to remain in the EU or to leave, it’s being called Brexit – British exit. Nobody can say for sure what impact this will have […]

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Differences In Owning Property In France Versus The UK

Differences In Owning Property In France Versus The UK

Written by on March 7, 2016 in Property in France

A look at the differences in owning a house in France and the UK… Many readers of this blog will be those of us who have taken the plunge, and decided to purchase their own dream property in France. This group will know all too well about the subtle differences in property ownership that become […]

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Expats in Bordeaux: Justin and Vanessa Parr left Sydney, Australia for work in London and New York but it was France that captured their hearts. They moved to Bordeaux to open a B&B in the vineyards and say though it’s not always easy – they’ve never looked back… Why France? Justin says that they really […]

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Bonjour! Can you believe it’s almost May – where has the year gone? My neighbour says that we are in for a good summer in France. He is not a weather forecaster but a keen gardener and like many in rural France he plants according to the Moon’s phases and studies local animal activity. Anyway, […]

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Moving To France In Your Twenties

Just a few short decades ago, those who moved to France tended to be older people taking retirement. They could afford to buy a house and not have to find a job. Those days are gone and more and more young people and families with children are moving to France, seeking a different life and […]

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