Holidays and Things to do

Things to see in Mons Belgium

Things to see in Mons Belgium

Written by on September 17, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials

Mons in Belgium is known for its ‘First and the Last‘ reputation attained during World War One. It is the town on the Frontline where the first and last major engagements of World War One took place, where the first and last English soldiers were killed in Europe, their remains buried next to each other […]

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The First and Last shots of WW1 in Europe, Mons Belgium

The First and Last shots of WW1 in Europe, Mons Belgium

Written by on September 17, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials

The small city of Mons on the France-Belgium border is special in many ways. It’s the cultural capital of Wallonia, boasting a wealth of ancient buildings, fascinating museums and collections of art, design and natural history. It even has religious relics. The preserved body and separated head of a medieval saint are revered each year in […]

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Hike through history in Wattwiller France

Hike through history in Wattwiller France

Written by on September 15, 2014 in Alsace, Battlefields and War Memorials

Deep in the forest of Wattwiller, Alsace, France, famous for the mineral water that flows there, Susie Woodhams discovers an extraordinary history lesson… We climbed a small slope of tangled ivy and dried leaves to reach what seemed like a practical lunch spot: the moss-covered roof of a building nearly a century old, tucked deep […]

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Gastronomy

The history of Provence wine

The history of Provence wine

Written by on September 8, 2014 in Wine and Drinks

Provence is famous for many things, outstanding natural beauty, picturesque villages perched on hill tops and wine… Savouring the soul of Provence year-round is only a sip away -  a sip of rosé away. Some ex-pats and Francophiles may be astounded to know that rosé outsells white wine in France. Moreover, Provence produces over 35% […]

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Bread in France is a cultural experience

Bread in France is a cultural experience

Written by on September 4, 2014 in French Cuisine

There is something about French bread that we all seem to love. Bread is such a symbol of France, so ingrained in the country’s traditions that to visit a boulangerie and queue with the locals is truly one of the great cultural experiences of France… For many visitors to France, buying bread in a charming […]

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Sticky Toffee Pudding Macarons recipe

Sticky Toffee Pudding Macarons recipe

Written by on August 28, 2014 in Desserts

Jill Colonna is the Macaron Queen of Paris and her book Mad about Macarons is full of fabulous recipes for macaron marvels like this gorgeous sticky toffee pudding macarons recipe that she’s shared with us… See here for a basic macaron recipe – though it isn’t Jill Colonna’s. INGREDIENTS: 150g organic egg whites 100g fine […]

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Culture and Language

Pictures of France book

Pictures of France book

Written by on September 10, 2014 in Book Reviews And Interviews

I’ve been a fan of Perry Taylor’s quirky drawings of France for a while now. I love how he captures the spirit of rural France, the old ladies in their house coats and wellies, farmers leaning on fence posts, 2CVs careering round corners. He has just published his first book, a collection of his drawings […]

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The House that Jean Cocteau painted

The House that Jean Cocteau painted

Written by on September 1, 2014 in Art and Artists

An extraordinary story of how the legendary artist Jean Cocteau painted the rooms of a house on the French Riviera where he stayed for a holiday. Jean Cocteau was born on 5 July 1889. He was a French poet, novelist, dramatist, designer, playwright, artist and filmmaker. Incredibly popular, his friends and lovers included Pablo Picasso, […]

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Jill Colonna Author of Mad about Macarons

Jill Colonna Author of Mad about Macarons

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

Jill Colonna is mad about macarons. The “luxuries of the gastronomic world” she calls them. She is not alone in her passion for the biscuity little delicacies. The French adore them and there are macaron fan clubs and associations around the world where dedicated macaron lovers swap views on flavours and looks. When Jill moved […]

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Regions of France

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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Horse riding holidays in Normandy

Horse riding holidays in Normandy

Written by on September 1, 2014 in Normandy

In 2014 Normandy hosts the world famous World Equestrian Games (August to September). It isn’t surprising that Normandy was chosen as the perfect location for this prestigious event since it has a rich heritage of horse breeding, two national studs, hundreds of equestrian centres and equestrian events taking place throughout the year. Normandy truly is […]

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Hermione French Ship That helped to win America’s Liberty

Hermione French Ship That helped to win America’s Liberty

Written by on August 22, 2014 in French Style, Poitou-Charente

An extraordinary project to recreate an 18th Century ship which sailed from France to America and helped America to win the War of Independence. A mission to honour the memory of a young French nobleman with a passion for America. A story of two countries whose ties were forged when America was born and whose […]

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Live in france

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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An American Student in France

An American Student in France

Written by on August 11, 2014 in Education

American student Joel Freeman spent a year in Pau, on the edge of the Pyrénées in Aquitaine on a USAC (University Studies Abroad Consortium) study programme. France is one of the most popular study abroad options and for many students it is a life-changing experience. Going back to the US was tough to start with for Joel […]

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Expats Guide to cheaper train travel in France

Expats Guide to cheaper train travel in France

Written by on August 4, 2014 in Holiday Travel, Pets And Animals

How to keep the cost down when travelling on a train in France. Expats in France can use a regional pass to save money or sign up to receive details of first come first served cheap tickets for long journeys. But don’t take the dog says Donna Kerridge… “Et le chien?”  asks the conducteur, indicating […]

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Property in France

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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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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Recent Articles

Paris, Provence and Rocamadour Rocks newsletter from France

Bonjour to you all! This newsletter is coming from Limoges in the Limousin region. I’m here to find out all about the area, what there is to see and do and I’m looking forward to share what I find with you. On my way home I’ll be stopping off in Paris and enjoying a short […]

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Your Guest is Our Guest Tous Au Restaurant 2014

Reservations for the nation-wide event Tous Au Restaurant 2014 commence 17 September… Restaurants all over France will be offering a special deal from 22 to 28 September – buy one, get one free, or “your guest is our guest”. Initiated by Alain Ducasse, 2014 sees the 5th anniversary of this hugely popular event with almost […]

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10 Photos that will make you want to visit Cotignac Provence

Cotignac is a stunningly beautiful Provencal village, an intoxicating blend of colour and charm that’s off the beaten track, a place to relax and enjoy a slower pace of life and as these Cotignac photos show an unforgettable place that typifies the best of Provence… The village of Cotignac in the Var, is dominated by […]

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