Holidays and Things to do

Lille Flea Market 2014 – the biggest in Europe

Lille Flea Market 2014 – the biggest in Europe

Written by on July 17, 2014 in Markets, Nord-Pas de Calais

The Lille Flea market, known to the locals as the Lille Braderie, will take place over the weekend of 6th and 7th September 2014 This awesome flea market is the biggest in Europe and attracts up to two million buyers bent on seeking a bargain amongst the 10,000 stall holders. Over 100km of road space is […]

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Tour de France logistics – from the UK to France

Tour de France logistics – from the UK to France

Written by on July 14, 2014 in Sport

The Tour de France logistics are simply staggering: a 3,500 km race involving 219 cyclists, 1100 vehicles, 1200 hotel rooms a night and watched on TV by 3.5 billion people… For me, one of the highlights of the Tour de France was following its progress from the first stages in the UK and seeing it […]

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The Tour de France Circus Comes to a Small Rural French Town

The Tour de France Circus Comes to a Small Rural French Town

Written by on July 14, 2014 in My French Life, Sport

The Tour de France circus comes to town: I am not sure that life will ever be the same again in the little French town of Hucqueliers in Pas de Calais. Usually the most exciting thing that happens there is the annual flea market, or the horse show in which a truck load of horses […]

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Gastronomy

Majestic Wine Calais for a right royal shopping deal in France

Majestic Wine Calais for a right royal shopping deal in France

Majestic Wine Calais is a huge warehouse selling beer, wines, spirits and champagne in Calais; it has weathered the difficulties of the last few years well. The recession and the strong Euro have taken their toll, all of the popular booze cruise outlets have suffered, and some have gone… So how has Majestic Wine, “The […]

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Best Beer in France – Brasserie de Saint Omer

Best Beer in France – Brasserie de Saint Omer

Written by on July 21, 2014 in Nord-Pas de Calais, Wine and Drinks

A tale of one man’s passion for beer and how it has led to a fabulous success story in France. From a small enterprise making home made beer, delivered by hand in a little van to become one of the biggest beer brewers in France – the Brasserie de Saint Omer… Driving through the countryside […]

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Great places to eat in Saint Omer, Pas de Calais

Great places to eat in Saint Omer, Pas de Calais

Written by on July 21, 2014 in French Cuisine, Nord-Pas de Calais

The north of France is a bit of a secret place for foodies. It’s reputation is very well known – but largely amongst those who live there. We take a look at great places to eat in Saint Omer, just 30 minutes from Calais port, perfect for a day trip or weekend to enjoy a […]

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Culture and Language

History of Jazz in France

History of Jazz in France

Written by on July 29, 2014 in French Music

France has always had a special place in its heart for jazz and indeed the world’s first international jazz festival was held in Nice, France in 1948. However France’s relationship with this music of jazz started some 30 years earlier during World War I… Jazz comes to France It was during The Great War (1914-1918) […]

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Book review: A Fete to Remember by Julia Stagg

Book review: A Fete to Remember by Julia Stagg

Written by on July 28, 2014 in Book Reviews And Interviews

If you are a fan of the delightful Julia Stagg’s Fogas Chronicles – you will love the latest in the series.  If you are new to Fogas, a make-believe place in the south of France, then you’re in for a treat! Julia Stagg lived and worked in France running an auberge in the gorgeous mountainous […]

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History of the French Riviera The American Connection

History of the French Riviera The American Connection

Written by on July 21, 2014 in French Style, Provence-Alpes

If you visit the French Riviera in July or August, you may have trouble finding enough space on the beach to put your towel. It’s difficult to imagine that until the 1920s there were no summer tourists there, hardly any hotels and no one swimming in the sea. Margo Lestz looks at the American connection […]

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Regions of France

Languedoc – The Biggest Vineyard in the World

Languedoc – The Biggest Vineyard in the World

Written by on July 23, 2014 in Languedoc-Rousillon

I confess, I am a wine heathen and know nothing about wine (I believe it is not necessary to spend more than 2.50 Euros on a bottle of wine). I have always been blissfully ignorant of wine rules and requirements and gone for the ‘Well I like what I like ‘and that’s good enough for […]

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Cognac Tour France

Cognac Tour France

Written by on July 17, 2014 in Poitou-Charente

Cognac tour France: When it comes to cognac, it’s all about the barrel says Geraldine Smith as she finds out how the angels take their share… Cognac, a grape brandy, is produced in the Charente-Maritime region of France, mainly within the surrounding areas of the town of Cognac. Staying about ten miles away from Cognac […]

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Spa breaks in the south of france

Spa breaks in the south of france

Written by on July 16, 2014 in Languedoc-Rousillon

On a relaxing spa break trip to Montpellier in the south of France, the ancient town of Castries makes for a refreshing tranquil stop says Lucy Pitts  as she languishes in the shade of the Chêne… Just 10km north east of Montpellier is the small, sleepy village of Castries. It’s been home to the Castries […]

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Live in france

Dealing with the financial implications of moving abroad

Dealing with the financial implications of moving abroad

Written by on July 15, 2014 in Financial

Relocating to France is a life-changing experience for anyone. Those who do not have a good grasp of French might find the experience more challenging than most. Other than learning a new language, individuals also have to adjust to a completely new culture and way of life. Before moving abroad, to France or any other […]

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Euro Sterling Forecast July 2014

Euro Sterling Forecast July 2014

Written by on July 11, 2014 in Currency Information

Euro Sterling Forecast July 2014 Welcome to Pure FX’s latest update of the foreign exchange rate. This tells you the best time to transfer money to France. Sterling rises and rises versus the euro! The pound has touched its highest against the common currency in 21 months this week, or since September 6th 2012, at […]

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Satellite broadband for expats in France

Satellite broadband for expats in France

Fed up with slow or unreliable land line broadband? Satellite broadband is the next generation alternative and we have some amazing prices for 22Mbps satellite broadband available everywhere in France right now. There’s never been a better time for satellite broadband for expats in France… Is your existing broadband service too slow and unreliable? Were […]

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Property in France

Top tips for buying a property in France

Top tips for buying a property in France

Written by on July 23, 2014 in Buying a Home

As I stood looking in the window of an immobilier (estate agent) in France last week, I heard someone say in English: “I want that one”. It is something I hear a lot. I travel all over France and love to look at the properties advertised in the windows of the immobiliers, sometimes I go […]

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Ten Reasons for living in Monaco

Ten Reasons for living in Monaco

Written by on May 26, 2014 in Buying a Home

Monaco frequently tops lists as one of the best places in the world to live, and if you are already the proud owner of Monaco real estate, you probably know why. But for those of you new on the Monaco property scene who are looking to make the move, here are our Top 10 Reasons […]

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Five essential tips for buying a house in France

Five essential tips for buying a house in France

Written by on April 28, 2014 in Buying a Home

When you’re looking to buy a property and move to France there 5 key things that you should consider – from those that have been there, done it and bought the T Shirt! 5 fundamental tips for buying a house in France and having a succesful relocation: 1. Location, location, location It’s as true of […]

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French food, places to go and more France blog

Bonjour and Bon Weekend! This week has been a bit of a trial in my little French village. Our new Mayor has decided to widen the single road that runs through our hamlet joining one side of the valley to another. The builders have been on site for some weeks now but it hasn’t been […]

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Expat Life in France and the Unfaithful Baker’s Wife

Expat life in France is not always as quiet as it seems, underneath the tranquillity may lie seething passions and secrets says Peter Schoenmaker, an expat in France, hotelier and author of ‘Clogs, Frogs & les Rosbifs’ a book that needs a UK publisher… “Ça sera tout?” asked the baker’s wife, licking her pencil before […]

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Do the French hate the British?

Last week someone sent me a message, it read: “Good life in France, ‘you must be joking’ they don’t like the Brits. Get real.” It made me feel a bit sad for the person who sent it as clearly that individual is not having a good time. It also made me think, am I just […]

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