Holidays and Things to do

Celebrating Route Napoleon in Golfe-Juan Cote d’Azur

Celebrating Route Napoleon in Golfe-Juan Cote d’Azur

Written by on November 17, 2014 in Events

When Napoleon Bonaparte arrived at the stunning seaside resort of Golfe-Juan on the Cote d’Azur Napoleon on March 1, 1815, it wasn’t a holiday he had in mind. Unlike those of us who go there for the sea, sand and sunshine, the quirky shops and art galleries in the quaint and narrow winding streets, the […]

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Paris Travel Guide

Paris Travel Guide

Written by on November 5, 2014 in Holiday Travel, Paris

It’s a city that is like any other big city – there’s good and there’s bad. It’s a city that is also unlike any other city in the world, it’s Paris… One of the big misconceptions many people have is the size of Paris, and I mean inner Paris, the arrondissements (districts) not the sprawling […]

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Christmas markets Paris 2014

Christmas markets Paris 2014

Written by on November 4, 2014 in Christmas Markets

Christmas in Paris is simply magical. From the twinkling lights on the Champs-Elysées to the fabulous window displays and Christmas markets, there is plenty to do, see and enjoy. We take a look at some of the best Christmas markets Paris 2014… Christmas Market Champs-Elysées The biggest Christmas market in inner Paris with around 160 chalets […]

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Gastronomy

Drinking the Pink Wine of French Kings

Drinking the Pink Wine of French Kings

Written by on October 31, 2014 in Champagne-Ardenne, Wine and Drinks

In the days when the Chateau de Versailles was just a small castle and grand only on paper, a drawing that promised of the glory to come, builders, decorators and artisans of all sorts were employed to help create its greatness. The work was hard but some of them had a secret advantage, a pink […]

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The unique French Gin Distillerie near Calais

The unique French Gin Distillerie near Calais

Written by on October 23, 2014 in Nord-Pas de Calais, Wine and Drinks

The skill of making a French style gin once produced in vast quantities and enjoyed by the miners of northern France to fortify themselves against the rigours of work in the coal mines has been all but lost. Janine Marsh tracks down one of the last of the great gin distillers of France near Calais… […]

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Wines of Corsica

Wines of Corsica

Written by on October 13, 2014 in Corsica, Wine and Drinks

We take a look at the wines of Corsica, grown on the slopes and earth of this most beautiful French island in the Mediterannean… It’s the scent of Corsica that lingers longest. The French call it maquis, the locals macchia, both a name for the aroma of rosemary, thyme, marjoram, mint, and a myriad of […]

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Culture and Language

Louis Vuitton Foundation Paris

Louis Vuitton Foundation Paris

Written by on November 10, 2014 in Art and Artists, Arty, Paris

Much excitement in Paris at the end of 2014 accompanied the opening stage of a brand new private museum and art Centre. Sponsored by the group LVMH (Louis Vuitton) and its subsidiaries, the Louis Vuitton Foundation Paris is an incredible sight, a standout colossus of a building. Linda Matthieu takes an inaugural visit and finds […]

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Going Potty for Porcelain in Limoges

Going Potty for Porcelain in Limoges

Written by on October 29, 2014 in French Style, Limousin

Walk anywhere in Limoges and you can’t fail to be aware of the town’s reputation for making some of the best porcelain in the world. Shop windows galore are filled to the brim with teapots, vases, cups and sauces and the accoutrements of tableware… Porcelain in Limoges I popped into the premises of Bernadaud, one […]

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Following in the footsteps of Renoir

Following in the footsteps of Renoir

Written by on October 23, 2014 in Art and Artists, Champagne-Ardenne

If your job was to scout picture-perfect locations for chocolate boxes, you’d find the Cote des Bar in Champagne a rich source of glorious material. Postcard pretty villages, vineyards and chateaux, this is a part of France that is incredibly beautiful and yet not overcrowded… Following in the footsteps of Renoir in the village of […]

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Regions of France

Doullens Picardy’s Hidden Pearl

Doullens Picardy’s Hidden Pearl

Written by on November 10, 2014 in Picardy

I have travelled extensively by car in France over the last twenty five years. As I approach a new town or village that I am not familiar with, I am always confident that I will not be disappointed. The suburbs can sometimes be a little dull but the ‘centre ville’ will always be a shining […]

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A tiny perfect tour of Provence

A tiny perfect tour of Provence

Written by on November 4, 2014 in Provence-Alpes, Tours in France

When the Women’s Travel Network in Toronto asked author Patricia Sands if she would lead a tour through the towns and villages that the characters in her novel, ‘The Promise of Provence’, visited – she didn’t hesitate for a second to say yes… And so it was that last June I had the distinct privilege […]

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Gardens of Marqueyssac |Dordogne’s Green Whimsy

Gardens of Marqueyssac |Dordogne’s Green Whimsy

Written by on October 31, 2014 in Aquitaine, Places to Go

One of the most enticing quarters of France to visit, especially for the British, is the Dordogne valley close to the area of Perigueux. There is much to discover and fall in love with including the fabulous Gardens of Marqueyssac. The vast rocky outcrop, high above the river valley and occupied by the formal gardens, […]

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Live in france

Expats in France offer new life for old dogs

Expats in France offer new life for old dogs

Written by on October 13, 2014 in Expats in France, Pets And Animals

Some people move to France and enjoy the relaxed lifestyle. Others move to France and do something completely different. We talk to an amazing couple from England who thought they would retire and take life easy. Instead they set up a home for elderly dogs, an undertaking that has profoundly changed their lives and bought […]

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Real Life Fairy-Tale Chateau to rent in France

Real Life Fairy-Tale Chateau to rent in France

Written by on September 3, 2014 in Midi-Pyrénées, Wedding Expertise

Step through the ornate gates that lead to the Secret Chateau de M in Gascony and you’ll enter a different world… a beautifully preserved centuries old living artwork – a secluded and intoxicating Chateau to rent in the heart of south west France… A most beautiful Chateau to rent in France An avenue flanked by […]

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Volunteering in France | At the SPA Animal rescue

Volunteering in France | At the SPA Animal rescue

Written by on August 13, 2014 in Expats in France, Pets And Animals

Lots of expats retire to France or go for a better quality of life and have more time on their hands. For many it is a great opportunity to do some voluntary work. Helping out a branch of SPA for just a couple of hours a week, the Société de Protection des Animaux is an […]

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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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Reliving the Past in France

Reliving the Past in France

Written by on November 20, 2014 in Guest Blogs

One weekend as a Poilu, one day as a Canonnier with the 338ème Régiment, author James Vance takes part in two re-enactment events in France that give him goose bumps and memories that will last forever… To live in France is the fulfilment of a dream; to partake in French life adds an extra ingredient […]

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