Holidays and Things to do

Agincourt 2015

Agincourt 2015

The Centre Historique Medieval at Agincourt has a packed programme of fun events for 2015, the 600th anniversary of the famous and bloody battle of Agincourt. From playmobil battle scenes to concerts and military shows featuring parachute jumps, a visit to Agincourt this year is sure to bring surprises and fun. Agincourt Programme of events […]

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3 Things to Consider When Renting a Traditional French Cottage

3 Things to Consider When Renting a Traditional French Cottage

Written by on March 11, 2015 in Holidays & Things to do

With mild summers and gorgeous countryside, it is no surprise that France is often a well loved holiday destination, particularly if you’re looking for a traditional style cottage just tucked away from it all. In direct contrast to the giant hotels we see in Ibiza and Majorca, boasting sun, sea and fantastic coastal views, the […]

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French Riviera Club Celebrates the Belle Epoque

French Riviera Club Celebrates the Belle Epoque

Written by on March 5, 2015 in Provence-Alpes, Quirky Stuff

Re-live history on the French Riviera: Le Bal des Courtisans is a newly-formed club on the French Riviera, offering themed events to create an atmosphere of the grandeur of France at various periods during its history.  As an added interest, this includes dressing the part in period costume. It’s a great way for attendees to make […]

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Gastronomy

The history of Mustard in France

The history of Mustard in France

Written by on March 25, 2015 in Gastronomy, Quirky

Mustard has been popular in France for at least 1500 years, at one point there was even a mustard maker to Pope John XXII (1249 – 1334) who was at that time living in Avignon giving rise to the popular expression “Se croire le premier moutardier du pape”  which means “he thinks himself the Pope’s […]

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Hospices de Nuits St Georges

Hospices de Nuits St Georges

Written by on March 16, 2015 in Burgundy, Wine and Drinks

Burgundy’s Alternative Wine Auction: Hospices de Nuits St Georges… In the shadow of Burgundy’s mega-watt Hospices de Beaune lies an alternative wine auction – the annual Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges. Held each March, the Hospices de Nuits-Saint-Georges makes up for in attitude what it lacks in media attention. Activities include a luxury chocolate festival, exclusive tastings and […]

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Chicken en Croûte Fiona Style by Mireille Guiliano

Chicken en Croûte Fiona Style by Mireille Guiliano

Written by on February 23, 2015 in Celebrity Chefs, Main Courses

This delicious and very easy to prepare recipe is from The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook… This recipe is ideal for busy cooks who don’t have lots of time. Mireille says “These days, most people don’t have time for elaborate meals, myself included. For most of my career, I worked at least 10-hour days, […]

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Culture and Language

New Antiques and Arts Fair for Paris

New Antiques and Arts Fair for Paris

Written by on March 25, 2015 in Art and Artists, Arty

April 2015 sees the launch of a brand new annual antiques and art fair in Paris. The Paris Beaux-Arts Fair will be held at the celebrated Carrousel du Louvre right in the heart of the City in rue de Rivoli. The Syndicat National des Antiquaires (SNA) who are the organisers of the event say that […]

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French People Don’t Hug

French People Don’t Hug

Written by on March 17, 2015 in French Style, Guest Blogs

If you plop yourself down on a park bench in the U.S. and watch people come and go, you’ll undoubtedly see people of all ages meet and greet each other with a hug. Some are just friendly, quick hugs and others are more loving and romantic. Sometimes a hug is accompanied by a pat on […]

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Seven tips for ‘older’ French learners

Seven tips for ‘older’ French learners

Written by on March 15, 2015 in Learn French

  In recent years, science has pretty well nailed the evidence that learning a second language is good for our brains as we get older – helping avoid the onset of dementia and improving overall brain processing. Yet the idea you should have started as a child to be successful has achieved almost mythical status. […]

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Regions of France

Saint Quentin Picardy and a Great War Secret

Saint Quentin Picardy and a Great War Secret

Written by on March 26, 2015 in Picardy

St. Quentin in Picardy is home to many outstanding architectural features including an extraordinary, medieval basilica that can be seen from miles around in the Picardy countryside says Bob Lyons as he visits this quintessential French town… The Basilique Saint Quentin is imposing and dominating and bears the scars of Great War damage that occurred […]

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Picpus Cemetery Paris

Picpus Cemetery Paris

Written by on March 23, 2015 in Paris, Quirky

In a seldom visited corner of Paris, near Place de la Nation in the 12th arrondissement, is Picpus Cemetery, one of the city’s most unusual burial grounds – the last resting place of a hero of the American Revolution and victims of the French Revolution, a plot where the history of France is preserved… Here, between […]

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The Magnifique Marais Poitou Charentes

The Magnifique Marais Poitou Charentes

Written by on March 10, 2015 in Poitou-Charentes

At sunrise, the road across the marais de Brouage runs straight as a die towards ancient hills in the east. We are staying at a gîte in Marennes, the ‘City of Oysters’, as we put the final coat of paint on the walls of a recently purchased property a little further inland. It is late […]

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Live in france

Pet Passport France | Update for Travel between EU and UK

Pet Passport France | Update for Travel between EU and UK

Written by on March 9, 2015 in Passports and Vaccinations

If you’re travelling in the EU with your pet you need to be aware of changes that came into effect at the end of 2014. Existing passports will be valid for the lifetime of the pet or until there’s no more room to update the treatment spaces in the passport. New passports issued from 29 […]

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Smoke Detector Law France

Smoke Detector Law France

Written by on March 8, 2015 in Heating, Insurance

As of March 8 2015, the law requires that all homes in France must have at least one functioning smoke detector installed. Smoke Detector Law France It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure this is done, so if you’re renting to someone, you need to make sure that a working, compliant smoke detector is installed.  […]

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Get your Priority Right on the French Roads

Get your Priority Right on the French Roads

Written by on February 23, 2015 in Driving in France

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve been horn-blasted in France for forgetting about the ‘Priorité à droite’. To be honest, it’s such an archaic thing, even the French don’t think much of it, but it keeps everyone on their toes when approaching road junctions, especially on the edge of town. The issue […]

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Property in France

French Property Types Explained

French Property Types Explained

Written by on February 18, 2015 in Buying a Home

An explanation of the names estate agents use to describe the different types of properties there are in France, it’s not as simple as house or flat, but this helpful list sheds light on the matter…  French Property Types Bastide: This is an old French word and general refers to medieval towns. Bastide-style properties are […]

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Abandoned French Fairy-Tale Chateau Le Mung Being Restored by Expats

Abandoned French Fairy-Tale Chateau Le Mung Being Restored by Expats

Chateau Le Mung is a neglected 800 year old chateau in southwest France, or at least it was until a British family who had moved to Australia decided to love, honour and restore it…  This is not a DIY job of the type that most of us would consider though many of us would dream […]

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French Property Market Update 2015

French Property Market Update 2015

Written by on January 21, 2015 in Property in France

Continuing a trend from the year before, house prices in regional France fell again on the whole in 2014. According to some estate agents though, there were substantial variations with popular areas seeing price rises.   French Property Market Update 2015 Propertywire.com  reports that the annual review from the FNAIM, the national association of French […]

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Recent Articles

Paris Pink Bra Bazaar Spring & Bra Toss 2015

If you’re in Paris on Sunday, March 29 at 3 pm, then the Esplanade du Trocadéro is the place to go. An ultra-feminine rendez-vous in support of breast health awareness will take place at the famous landmark. Join some of the most beautiful Burlesque dancers in Paris  and have fun chucking your bra (or your […]

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Ducks, cats, fires and more newsletter from France

Bonjour! This week I’ve had to separate frisky ducks, tolerate sulky cats and put out a fire… life is never dull here in rural France that’s for sure. The week started well, I visited my lovey neighbour M-T. She is in her 80′s and sprightly as the spring chickens she keeps in her garden. “How […]

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Monet’s Garden Giverny, Photo of the Week from France

 This lovely photograph of Monet’s garden at Giverny was shared with us by David Stratton from Australia. An appreciative audience of more than 60,000 people on The Good Life France Facebook page made this our photo of the week. There is a poignant story behind this photo, David’s wife is unwell and undergoing chemotherapy treatment, […]

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