Holidays and Things to do

Monet Garden Giverny in Pictures

Monet Garden Giverny in Pictures

Written by on January 13, 2016 in Normandy, Photo gallery, Places to Go

Claude Monet, the great French artist, lived in Giverny, Normandy for forty-three years, from 1883 to 1926. He had a passion for gardening as well as for colours, and conceived both his flower garden and water garden as true works of art. As you walk though his house and gardens, you can still feel the […]

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Musee de Carnavalet Paris

Musee de Carnavalet Paris

Written by on December 30, 2015 in Arty, Museums and Châteaux, Paris, Romantic

The Musee de Carnavalet in Paris was once home to a Marquise. Today it houses a fabulous collection of furniture, sculpture, paintings and more, dedicated to the history of Paris in a stunning Renaissance buildings, one of the oldest houses in the Marais area of Paris. Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, the Marquise de Sévigné was a […]

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The Market St Omer France

The Market St Omer France

Written by on December 28, 2015 in Markets, Nord-Pas de Calais

St Omer is a lovely northern French rural town and a perfect weekend destination; it’s also where a great Saturday morning market is held, one that lovers of French markets will adore. The market takes place on the cobbled Grand Place (Place du Marechal Foch), a brilliant place to sit and watch the world go […]

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Gastronomy

Feed your chocolate fix in France

Feed your chocolate fix in France

Written by on January 27, 2016 in Gastronomy

Un Petit Goût for Chocophiles in France! I’m compelled to begin this post with a shout out to the movie Chocolat, starring Juliette Binoche, Judi Dench, and …swoon … Johnny Depp. It was filmed in the medieval  village of Flavigny-sur-Ozerain in Burgundy and on the Rue De l’Ancienne Poste in the charming commune of Beynac-et-Cazenac, in the […]

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Romantic French Menu

Romantic French Menu

Written by on January 21, 2016 in Desserts, French Cuisine, Gastronomy, Main Courses, Starters

A classic romantic French menu that anyone can make anywhere. Lay a red and white check tablecloth, a few flowers in a small vase or glass jar (moderation in flowers is very French), chill a bottle of white, pop a bottle of Champagne, let the red wine breathe. Play a little bit of French music, and […]

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Tartare of Oysters Tartine

Tartare of Oysters Tartine

Written by on January 19, 2016 in Celebrity Chefs, Starters

A delicious oyster recipe for lovers of this salty shellfish A recipe from Mireille Guiliano, author of numerous books including French Women Don’t Get Fat and The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook “I recently concocted this after trying it first at l’Huitrade in Paris: a tartare of oysters on a tartine. Very clever… and […]

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Culture and Language

History of Ballet in France

History of Ballet in France

Written by on February 7, 2016 in Arty, Culture & Language, Paris

The word ballet is French in origin, and although this unique form of dance originated in Italy as far back as the 1400s, it was in France, home to the world’s oldest ballet company, that ballet fell on its feet… Dances called balletto were recorded in renaissance Italy, often performed at weddings or formal occasions. […]

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Forever Paris Book Review

Forever Paris Book Review

Written by on February 1, 2016 in Book Reviews And Interviews

A photographic feast of Paris of yesteryear. Whether you read it at home and simply revel in the gorgeous imagery or take it with you to Paris and follow in the footsteps of the past, this is one of those books that you’ll fall in love with and want to look at over and over. […]

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12 Fascinating Facts about The Eiffel Tower Paris

12 Fascinating Facts about The Eiffel Tower Paris

Written by on January 30, 2016 in French Style, Paris

When the Eiffel Tower was being designed by Monsieur Gustave Eiffel, he can have had no idea how his creation would becoming a global and much loved icon. Feast your eyes on these gorgeous photos of the “Iron Lady” while you read these 12 quite incredible facts about the Eiffel Tower… 1. The Tower was […]

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Regions of France

Isle sur la Sorgue Provence France

Isle sur la Sorgue Provence France

Written by on February 2, 2016 in Photo gallery, Provence-Alpes

Isle sur la Sorgue is a robust and pretty market town in Provence, much loved for its antiques stores and twice weekly markets. Isle sur la Sorgue Once an important fishing town, with an abundance of crayfish in the River Sorgue, this place is now firmly on the tourist route thanks to its prettiness and […]

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Music in Paris at the Musee d’Orsay

Music in Paris at the Musee d’Orsay

Written by on January 27, 2016 in Arty, Funky, Paris, Romantic

From October to May, the Musée d’Orsay puts on lunch time concerts on a Tuesday and if you’re lucky enough to be in town that day – head on over for a magical musical moment in the presence of masterpieces. The Musée d’Orsay was once a train station before being converted into a beautiful museum, […]

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5 of the Most Romantic Places to Kiss in Paris

5 of the Most Romantic Places to Kiss in Paris

Written by on January 26, 2016 in Paris, Romantic

Where to kiss in Paris to create a memory to treasure for ever – including the back row of the oldest cinema in the city where poets, artists and writers used to meet and enjoy a movie, where Dali dallied and Jean Cocteau designed the projection room!  Paris is known as the City of Love […]

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Live in france

French Financial Advice Tips for British Expats

French Financial Advice Tips for British Expats

Written by on January 11, 2016 in Tax

Before moving to France, you will have a myriad of things to organise, think about and do; not just the packing! Here are some useful tips from a financial point of view to help you consider your budget so that you have no nasty surprises later. 1. Inform the UK inspector of taxes at your […]

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France Region Changes 2016

France Region Changes 2016

Written by on January 1, 2016 in Living in France, News

1st January 2016: France wakes up to 13 metropolitan regions instead of 22 – what does it mean for those of us who holiday in France or are expats in France? New Region Changes in France The French Government are working on a series of reforms to simplify daily life in France with a number […]

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4 Key Tips for running a Gite Business in France

4 Key Tips for running a Gite Business in France

Written by on January 1, 2016 in Gîtes in France, Working in France

France has been a world leader in tourism for years and the market for independent accommodation in popular tourist areas has boomed. Here are some tips specifically for Gite or B&B owners, or anyone considering this as a source of revenue. 1. Gites & meublés de tourisme (gites and furnished accommodation) benefit from advantageous tax […]

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Property in France

French Property Forecast 2016

French Property Forecast 2016

Written by on January 11, 2016 in Property in France

Trevor Leggett, Chairman of Leggett Immobilier gives his views on the year just past and makes some predictions for the market in 2016. Review of the French property market in 2015 “Our sales last year rose by 30% and this is because we’ve seen once in a decade buying conditions.  British purchasers have benefited from […]

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South of France Property comment

South of France Property comment

Written by on December 27, 2015 in Buying a Home, Property in France

The recent addition of direct Eurostar trains from London to the south of France has opened up properties for Brits who might not want to fly but where driving makes the journey too onerous. Property prices in the region since the start of the credit crunch have been held at rather unrealistic highs – however […]

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Beginners Guide to Renovating in France

Beginners Guide to Renovating in France

Written by on December 22, 2015 in Property in France, Renovating in France

Renovating a rundown old farmhouse or barn, a little cottage or even an abandoned chateau in France is an appealing prospect for many of us. For wannabe renovators, France offers a plethora of brilliant opportunities in the country, city and on the coast. Whether it’s a simple fixer-upper or a full-on restoration job here are […]

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Recent Articles

Bon Weekend from France February 2016

Bonjour From a rather grey and wet corner of northern France this week… but still no snow and no sign of it arriving either. In fact it’s been a very clement winter all round in this normally cold part of France and in my garden the daffodils are coming up next to the snow drops. […]

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History of Paris Bouquinistes

History of Paris Bouquinistes

Written by on February 1, 2016 in Guest Blogs

The word bouquiniste means secondhand bookseller. The origin of the word is from the German word “buch”. One of the most fascinating places in Paris to experience book joy is along the Seine where you’ll find the second hand booksellers with their beautiful, green book boxes… There are two tales that claim to be the […]

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Veules les Roses Normandy

Veules les Roses Normandy

Written by on January 24, 2016 in Normandy, Photo gallery

180 kilometres north of Paris, on the Alabaster Coast of the Pays de Caux, nestles one of the “Plus Beaux”, Most Beautiful Villages of France. The tiny town of Veules-les-Roses Normandy looks like it was plucked from a story-book. If you like fairy tales, you will love it here!  After parking your car in the […]

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