Holidays and Things to do

Public Holidays in France 2015

Public Holidays in France 2015

Public Holidays in France 2015 On national holidays in France most shops and many public buildings and even tourist attractions can be shut. If you know where you want to visit check in advance to make sure it’s open on a French public holiday. Many public museums and galleries are free to the public on […]

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Mayenne River cruises

Mayenne River cruises

Written by on December 17, 2014 in Cruise holidays

The Mayenne River offers 200km of waterways to discover the rich heritage and picturesque countryside of the Pays de le la Loire. A perfect cruise location for nature lovers, famous for its locks, each of which has its own charm and character – the bakery lock where you’ll find an explanation of the history of […]

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Christmas in Paris from your Armchair

Christmas in Paris from your Armchair

Written by on December 11, 2014 in Christmas Markets, Paris, Photo gallery

It just trips off the tongue doesn’t it, Christmas in Paris… the lights, the markets, bars and restaurants gleaming and teaming, vin chaud and lush shops with wonderful window dressings. The loveliest streets and avenues in the city are decked out in magical lights and historic buildings twinkle. More than ever, the capital lives up […]

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Gastronomy

January’s Must Have in France – the Cake of Kings

January’s Must Have in France – the Cake of Kings

Written by on January 2, 2015 in Desserts

It isn’t quite the law to eat the cake of Kings in France in January – but almost! Every supermarket and every boulangerie and patisserie in France will be selling them. A cake with a crown, a gateau with great meaning – a delicious galette des rois, a cake of the kings. Not the French […]

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Delicious, sensational, French Mulled Wine Recipe

Delicious, sensational, French Mulled Wine Recipe

Written by on December 18, 2014 in Wine and Drinks

The most sensational, lush, delectable French mulled wine, deep ruby red, spicy and deliciously warming, this recipe out ranks all others… Hot, mulled wine or “vin chaud” in French, dates back centuries to Roman times and in France, it’s become a traditional Christmas and winter warmer. In Alsace in northeastern France, you’ll find vin chaud […]

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Champagne, the French Elixir

Champagne, the French Elixir

Written by on December 15, 2014 in Wine and Drinks

Champagne! Nine letters that give me goose bumps… Like Napoleon, I can’t imagine my life without it, as he once said: “I drink Champagne when I win, to celebrate. I drink Champagne when I lose, to console myself.” It all started with French monk Dom Perignon who discovered Champagne in the 17th century and who, […]

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Culture and Language

Meeting E J Simon Author of Death Never Sleeps

Meeting E J Simon Author of Death Never Sleeps

Written by on December 17, 2014 in Book Reviews And Interviews

E J (Jim) Simon author of the best-selling Death Never Sleeps and Death Logs In, talks to French Book Worm about his love for France, travel, great cuisine and a whole lot more. Jim, whose books are inspired by his love for travel and gastronomy, visits Paris every year and French Bookworm caught up with him in […]

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History of Father Christmas in France

History of Father Christmas in France

Written by on December 15, 2014 in French Style

The history of the jolly gift bearing old man of Christmas dates back centuries but he is a relatively late addition to the festive scene in France. Margo Lestz looks at how Pere Noel, Father Christmas, came to have his own department in the post office in France and become one of the most popular […]

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The tradition of Old Maid’s Day in France

The tradition of Old Maid’s Day in France

Written by on December 8, 2014 in French Icons, My French Life

Recently I went to lunch with some expat friends, one of whom has a French boyfriend. “I found out something strange” she informed us. We sat forward all agog, we love to hear about the differences in cultures that those with a foot on both sides of the fence have. “My boyfriend sent a card […]

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Regions of France

Battlefield tours in Champagne-Ardenne

Battlefield tours in Champagne-Ardenne

Written by on January 19, 2015 in Champagne-Ardenne

Visitors to France are preparing to visit the less well-known battlefields, memorials and museums in the North West. A new brochure is designed to give an insight into the events that took place there during WWI, download: 1914-1918 The First World War in the Marne The static trench warfare and fierce battles in north-west France […]

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Inspiring Côte d’Azur

Inspiring Côte d’Azur

Written by on January 12, 2015 in Provence-Alpes

We live in the middle of the United States. No matter how you measure it: north, south, east, or west, Kansas is the center. I’m a writer and my husband is an artist. There is much to write about and paint in the Midwest, but our greatest inspiration is in France – a nation rich […]

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Rennes Brittany |Retail, History and Art

Rennes Brittany |Retail, History and Art

Written by on December 16, 2014 in Brittany

Brittany’s administrative capital is a city of contrasts and never fails to excite. The narrow, cobbled streets in the mediaeval area diverge dramatically with wide tree-lined boulevards. Half-timbered buildings dating back to the 17th century merge successfully with modern glass fronted boutiques and up-market bars. Historic and avant-garde architecture blend timeless testimony to past and […]

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Live in france

Live life like a local in la Belle France

Live life like a local in la Belle France

Written by on December 5, 2014 in Living in France

How to live life like a local in France: France is the third largest European country (larger than Germany and Spain) by area, divided into 101 departments (including the capital, Paris) and offers vast diversity in culture, geography and demography. As a foodie you may hope to sample the more than 246 varieties of Cheese […]

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Two Become One, France Set to Rejig its Regions

Two Become One, France Set to Rejig its Regions

Written by on December 5, 2014 in Living in France

The map of France is set to change after a vote in the Assemblée Nationale, the French Parliament, in November 2014 resulted in a YES to reducing the number of regions from 22 to 13. After many months of debate and disagreement by politicians and councillors across France, leaders voted formally on 25 November 2015 […]

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The Good Life France Magazine

The Good Life France Magazine

Written by on November 17, 2014 in Events, Living in France

They say the best things in life are free, well in this case it’s true.  The Good Life France Magazine is Fabulous, it’s Free and it’s for you. If you love France, love gorgeous photos of France and fabulous stories that cover the cultural highlights, must-see places and events, expat interviews, book reviews, gastronomy, recipes, property […]

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Property in France

House for Sale Poitou-Charentes France

House for Sale Poitou-Charentes France

Written by on November 19, 2014 in Property for sale

When Barbara and Robin decided to retire to France, they did their homework. They had a long wish list and visited several regions but decided on “the lovely Charente Maritime (Dept 17) due to its micro climate of warm summers and mild winters” says Barbara. After much searching they found their dream home, within walking […]

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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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Recent Articles

Newsletter from the chilly French countryside

Bonjour to you all from chilly northern France! Every morning this week I’ve woken up to a thick frost covering everything and freezing the water in the bird baths. It looks as though the green hedges and red roof tiles of the local village houses have had a gentle coating of white, glittering paint. Pheasants […]

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Magazine, books and more newsletter from France

Bonjour to you all and a great big welcome to all our new subscribers to the weekly newsletter – it is  a pleasure to meet you. This week in my part of northern France we’ve had hail stones, huge storms, spring-like sunny days, torrential rain and frost. This has meant my six cats have been […]

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Unique Valentine’s Night at Nausicaa, Boulogne-sur-Mer

For a Valentine’s night event that’s truly different but very  romantic and special, then take a look at Nausicaa aquarium at Boulogne-sur-Mer. The award-winning aquarium, one of the largest in Europe puts on special theme nights just a few times a year and Valentine’s Day is one of them. Numbers are limited which means that […]

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