Holidays and Things to do

Musée des Confluences Lyon, France

Musée des Confluences Lyon, France

Written by on June 17, 2015 in Museums and Châteaux, Rhône Alpes

The Musée des Confluences, a magnificent new museum both architecturally and in its content, which sets off to explain, well, the history of everything…or so it seems. Do not miss this stunning experience, but do allow a good few hours, including on-site lunch, to get the best from the experience. This huge square, all 62,000 […]

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All the Fun of the Flea Market in France

All the Fun of the Flea Market in France

Written by on June 9, 2015 in Markets

The big day has arrived. You’ve digested that article in your Sunday paper and you’re off, yes, yes, I am going to France to buy and sell vintage and make my fortune.  Shall you find apothecary bottles or old, vintage maps, furniture to be shabby chic’d? Does your list include Koestler’s lost novel or Duchamp’s […]

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La Coupole Bunker Saint Omer

La Coupole Bunker Saint Omer

There are three key sites dedicated to what are called Vengeance weapons (V1, V2 and V3) in and around Saint Omer in northern France: the Blockhaus d’Eperlecques, the fortress of Mimoyecques and the enormous round bunker known as La Coupole about 10km south of the town of Saint Omer. La Coupole Bunker Saint Omer La […]

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Gastronomy

Great Cakes of France: The French Éclair

Great Cakes of France: The French Éclair

Written by on June 22, 2015 in Desserts, Gastronomy

The French Éclair is known around the world, it is one of the greatest cakes ever! Éclair means “flash of lightning” and quite why it’s called that is not 100% known but many say that it is an old joke of pastry makers that the éclair is eaten “in a flash”! The history of the […]

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3 Gastronomic Reasons for a Day Trip to France

3 Gastronomic Reasons for a Day Trip to France

Written by on May 12, 2015 in Gastronomy, Nord-Pas de Calais

It may come as a surprise to many who live in the UK that right on the doorstep of England is a gastronomic delight called Pas de Calais. This little region has much to offer day trippers and visitors who are food lovers. From street markets and supermarkets to specialist gourmet food shops and artisan […]

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Chardonnay Day Burgundy

Chardonnay Day Burgundy

Written by on May 11, 2015 in Burgundy, Wine and Drinks

Did you know that May 21st is Chardonnay Day in the Bourgogne (Burgundy)? Now an international event, Chardonnay Day celebrates all things Chardonnay. And while the event got its start six years ago via social media in California, the history of the Chardonnay varietal starts in the Burgundy wine region. Some wine wags contend that […]

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Culture and Language

How to Order Coffee in France

How to Order Coffee in France

Written by on June 18, 2015 in Learn French

So, you go to France and of course you want to sit on the terrace of a café in Paris, or Lille or a lovely little town. You find the perfect little brasserie or cafe with seats spilling out onto the pavement. It’s a place to people watch and while away the time in the […]

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Alistair Sawday’s Special Places to Stay,  Best French Bed and Breakfasts

Alistair Sawday’s Special Places to Stay, Best French Bed and Breakfasts

Written by on June 8, 2015 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Alistair Sawday has a passion for travel and for great accommodation and the latest book from the Sawday team about the best B&Bs in France is absolutely delicious. As he says right at the beginning, it isn’t possible for all the accommodation in France to be wonderful as claimed by so many websites these days, […]

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Teatime in Paris Review

Teatime in Paris Review

Written by on June 2, 2015 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Teatime in Paris: A Walk Through Easy French Patisserie Recipes is a scrumptious book that explains how to make the most perfect Parisian patisseries and cakes at home. No more dreaming about cakes you can’t have because you’re not in Paris. No more wondering what a millefeuille looks or tastes like. Now you can make […]

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Regions of France

The Beautiful Scenic Road of the Opal Coast

The Beautiful Scenic Road of the Opal Coast

Written by on June 19, 2015 in Nord-Pas de Calais

Last week I decided to go for a drive on one of my favourite routes in France, the D940 coastal road from Calais to Boulogne-sur-Mer. You probably won’t even have heard of it and I don’t blame you, its a bit of a secret and almost always overlooked by drivers who reach Calais and push […]

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Vieux Lyon, Old Lyon Town, France

Vieux Lyon, Old Lyon Town, France

Written by on June 17, 2015 in Rhône Alpes

Outside the Boulangerie du Palais on the corner of rue St-Jean and the rue du Palais de Justice a queue is forming, an alien concept in contemporary France where queuing ranks alongside a rugby maul in terms of finesse. My situation is not at ease with the sight of so much patience and order, and […]

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How to Spend Three Days in Lyon, France

How to Spend Three Days in Lyon, France

Written by on June 17, 2015 in Rhône Alpes

Lyon in southern France is famous for its fabulous gastronomy, its architecture and winding little streets, it’s old town and its new look. There’s so much to see and enjoy but what if you only have three days in Lyon? The greatness of Lyon’s past is truly matched by its present-day cultural dynamism and diversity. […]

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Live in france

Top Tips for Moving to France

Top Tips for Moving to France

Written by on May 9, 2015 in Buying a Home, Living in France

Every single house move is stressful. It may be the same aspect of moving that is frustrating time and time again, on the other hand – it might be different parts of your move that seem to niggle at you. It is never an easy process, and can be made worse if you aren’t on […]

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Expats Volunteer opportunities in France with LAARF

Expats Volunteer opportunities in France with LAARF

Written by on April 22, 2015 in Expats in France, Pets And Animals

LAARF and France LAARFS with you: It takes all sorts to help animals in need says expat in France Jane Hunt, but there is plenty of opportunity and it’s a great way to make friends. LAARF, Les Amis des Animaux en Refuges de France is one such way to get involved and volunteer… Jac Prosser is […]

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The Grass is always Greener for some expats

The Grass is always Greener for some expats

Written by on April 14, 2015 in My French Life, Work in France

The other day I interviewed an expat British couple in France. They had moved here seven years ago, took early retirement, bought a beautiful country house with a lovely garden in a pretty village in SW France. We talked about how they find life in France and it started off well. They love the food, […]

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Property in France

Long Distance House Hunting in France

Long Distance House Hunting in France

Written by on June 8, 2015 in Buying a Home, Property in France

The trials and tribulations of buying in France for those who live a long way away. Mark Galloway lives in Hong Kong but dreams of becoming an expat in France. Here he talks about long-distance planning for property purchases…. Thousands of would-be home owners nip across the Channel from the UK to France, but, spare […]

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Land for sale in Champ-du-Boult, Normandy, France for 1 Euro

Land for sale in Champ-du-Boult, Normandy, France for 1 Euro

Written by on May 6, 2015 in Property in France

From time to time a bit of news pops up that you have to read twice as it seems so incredible, such as the selling of land in beautiful Normandy for peanuts… The Mayor of the town of Champ-du-Boult in Calvados, famous for its apple orchards and strong liqueur of the same name, wants to […]

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Buy a Holiday Home in France for less than the price of a Ford Focus

Buy a Holiday Home in France for less than the price of a Ford Focus

With the pound at a seven-year high against the Euro, France is hot property  for holiday home owners. But if your main aim is to relax and enjoy the French lifestyle, a bricks and mortar property may not be the right choice for you. We look at reasons to choose parc life in France with Siblu, with […]

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Recent Articles

The Good Life France Magazine July and August is out!

Bonjour and bon weekend! The big news from me this week is that the latest issue of The Good Life France Magazine is out! I’ve absolutely loved putting this edition together and there are some brilliant feature, fun stories and beautiful photographs. I hope you enjoy the magazine and if you do, please share it – […]

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Nausicaa France Welcomes New Fish Summer 2015

In summer 2015, NAUSICAA France, the National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer, will be providing a glimpse of small animals that are extraordinarily beautiful and/or have extraordinary behaviour patterns. They join the 36,000 animals at Nausicaa, one of Europe’s biggest and most amazing aquariums. The yellow boxfish, Ostracion cubicus The yellow boxfish lives in the Red […]

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A delayed newsletter from France!

Bonjour! I’m sending you this newsletter on 21 June, the day of the summer solstice and officially the first day of summer here in France. I’m a little bit late this week because I’ve been working on our latest magazine, the July/August edition of The Good Life France and Good is the operative word here, […]

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