Holidays and Things to do

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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Winter Holidays France Style with Wow Factor

Winter Holidays France Style with Wow Factor

Written by on December 10, 2014 in Places to Go

A look at ten sensational places to take a winter break in France… A hot tub with a view – check; luxury experience – check, cosy nights in, fabulous food and wine, best après ski, winter wedding venue, Christmas break and Christmas markets, family accommodation and best ski-in, ski-out.. they are all featured in The […]

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Vendée Christmas Markets

Vendée Christmas Markets

Written by on December 4, 2014 in Christmas Markets, Poitou-Charentes

If you love the Vendée for its enchanting landscape and breath-taking historical monuments, then the chances are you’ll equally love its crisp, cold, clear blue winter skies, sharp frosts and bracing Decembers. But whilst perhaps not the most obvious choice of venue, if you want to really indulge yourself in the spirit of Christmas, the […]

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Gastronomy

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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Brasserie Georges Lyon | A Literary Feast

Brasserie Georges Lyon | A Literary Feast

Written by on November 28, 2014 in French Cuisine, Rhône Alpes

A few blocks from Vieux Lyon, with its impressively large district of renaissance architecture in France, Brasserie Georges seems to have changed little since its foundation in 1836 by Georges Hoffer, a Strasbourg brewer. Liza Perrat visits a historic restaurant which has hosted the gliterrati of the literary world for almost two centuries… I can […]

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Culture and Language

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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Shakespeare uncovered in France

Shakespeare uncovered in France

Written by on November 26, 2014 in Book Reviews And Interviews, Nord-Pas de Calais

An amazing discovery in a municipal library in France has left the book and antique world reeling as one of the world’s rarest books – a 1623 edition of Shakespeare’s first plays has been found on the shelf. Much Ado about Something you could say… Imagine being a librarian and picking a book of the […]

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Where to find Rodin in France

Where to find Rodin in France

Written by on November 14, 2014 in Art and Artists

Auguste Rodin (12 November 1840 to 17 November 1917) was born in Paris to an inspector in the Paris Préfecture de Police and a former seamstress. He grew up in the Mouffetard district of Paris and attended a school for the training of decorative artists. Afterwards he served a long apprenticeship as a modeller in […]

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Regions of France

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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Loire Valley Winter scenes

Loire Valley Winter scenes

Written by on December 4, 2014 in Pays de la Loire

Winter brings a special romance to the Loire Valley. Take a gentle drive along the route of the Dukes of Anjou and enjoy the magic, as the river conjures castles and churches out of the mist. Award winning writer photographer Jane Gifford discovers the magic of the Loire in winter… On the rue des Ducs […]

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Awesome 4 Day Light Show in Lyon France

Awesome 4 Day Light Show in Lyon France

Written by on December 1, 2014 in Festivals and Carnivals, Rhône Alpes

“Protect us from famine, war and plague, Seigneur,” cried the Lyonnaise people in 1628. Alas, their pleas came too late – the bubonic plague had already crossed the Rhône River, terrifying the inhabitants and killing half of them. Liza Perrat investigates the Black Death illuminated in Lyon… The desperate people prayed to the Virgin Mary […]

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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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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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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

Merry Christmas from France

Merry Christmas from France

Written by on December 19, 2014 in Newsletter

Wishing each and every one of you a very merry Christmas, Joyeux Noël, Happy Holidays and a very happy, healthy and joyous New Year. Thank you all so much for sharing the features on our website, for liking us on Facebook and for all your comments and shares, for following us on Twitter, Pinterest and Google […]

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Newsletter from wet and windy France!

It’s been a wet, windy and cold week chez moi in northern France. My ducks, chickens and geese have been taking shelter and snuggling up together in the warm straw under the chicken coop. Back in the summer Belle the duck hatched several eggs and was a brilliant mum and her ducklings have grown strong […]

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Warm and Fuzzy newsletter from France

Almost overnight the cold weather arrived last weekend in France. A friend in Paris emailed to say snow had fallen on Sunday, just a little bit, but it was certainly snow. Throughout the week friends from Lyon, Limousin and all over France reported small snow flurries – but nothing major (yet). In the trees where […]

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