Holidays and Things to do

Great Ferry offers Dover Calais France

Great Ferry offers Dover Calais France

Written by on April 15, 2014 in Holiday Travel

If you’re a regular traveller to France, a great way to save money is to take advantage of frequent traveller offers on the ferries. You’ll need to buy a set amount of tickets in advance for which the price is fixed  but there can be terms and conditions which you must check to see if […]

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Famous Festivals in Nice France – The Gourd is celebrated

Famous Festivals in Nice France – The Gourd is celebrated

Written by on April 11, 2014 in Festivals and Carnivals, Provence-Alpes

In the city of Nice it is said that “a home without a gourd is like an empty nest”. Margo Lestz investigates the famous festivals of Nice France and visits the quirky gourd festival that takes place in the hills above the city… Nice is a French city, of course, but it also has a […]

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Home away from Home France

Home away from Home France

For many of us, a holiday in France is about living the dream, not just as a tourist but as a local. As well as enjoying the sun and the sea, fabulous cuisine and great wines – we also want an authentic experience, a chance to immerse ourselves in the culture and local lifestyle. So, […]

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Gastronomy

Beussent Chocolate Factory France

Beussent Chocolate Factory France

Written by on April 11, 2014 in French Cuisine

Unique Chocolate makers in France – from Bean to Bar… Located in rural France about an hour’s drive from Calais port is a very special atelier where chocolate is made by hand from beans harvested from the company’s own cocoa plant fields in Ecuador. There are only three companies left in the whole of France […]

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Burgundy Wine Region

Burgundy Wine Region

Written by on April 9, 2014 in Burgundy, Wine and Drinks

Burgundy – France’s most seductive wine region… Burgundy seduces, intoxicating first-timers and return visitors alike with its charm – and wines. Easily accessible by train or car, Burgundy lies south of Paris (approximately 190 miles). Comprised of three departments, five sub-regions, and over 3800 domaines, Burgundy offers an endless array of wine tasting options. Moreover, its quaint lifestyle […]

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French Cake History | Charles Quint’s Finger

French Cake History | Charles Quint’s Finger

Written by on April 2, 2014 in French Cuisine, My French Life

There are some days when I think I’m actually “getting” France and some days when I realise I have so much to learn. I went into a boulangerie patisserie in Beaurainville, Pas de Calais, last week. I often pop in there when I’m in the area – they make delicious cakes and bread on site […]

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Culture and Language

Happy Birthday Eiffel Tower!

Happy Birthday Eiffel Tower!

Written by on March 31, 2014 in French Icons

March 31 2014 is the 125th birthday of a very special lady in France. She’s tall (324m), has aged gracefully and is very popular. She is of course the Eiffel Tower, and I call her “she” because her nickname is “La Dame de Fer” – the iron lady. The legendary tower was inaugurated by Gustav […]

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The history of chocolate in France

The history of chocolate in France

Written by on March 30, 2014 in French Cuisine, French Style

The history of chocolate in France is an illustrious tale involving a royal wedding, Kings and Queens, chemistry and an enduring passion for the sweet stuff… History of chocolate in France Chocolate first came to France in 1615; it was a gift to the 14 year old King Louis XIII from his 14 year old […]

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Musee de Luxembourg Paris

Musee de Luxembourg Paris

Written by on March 25, 2014 in Art and Artists, Arty, Paris

Initially housed in the Palais du Luxembourg that Marie de Medici had built between 1615 and 1630, the Musée du Luxembourg was the first French museum to be opened to the public, in 1750. At that time, visitors could admire twenty-four paintings by Rubens celebrating Marie de Medici and around a hundred paintings from the […]

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Regions of France

Guide to Pays de La Loire region

Guide to Pays de La Loire region

Written by on April 16, 2014 in Pays de la Loire

Rumour has it that the Pays de la Loire region may soon disappear. If President Hollande has his way the region will be divided up between its neighbours in the name of efficiency. Whatever happens, there’s no need to panic. You’ll still be able to explore the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic coast, follow the […]

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What to see and do in the Charente-Maritime region 2014

What to see and do in the Charente-Maritime region 2014

Written by on April 11, 2014 in Poitou-Charente

Incredibly popular with the French and increasingly so with savvy Brits, the Charente-Maritime, situated in the heart of the French Atlantic coast offers a wealth of events and festivals to enjoy throughout the year. Not only is it a stunning coastal destination with beautiful resorts like Royan and the island of Ile de Ré, there […]

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Tastes of the South | Provencal Cuisine

Tastes of the South | Provencal Cuisine

Written by on March 28, 2014 in French Cuisine, Provence-Alpes

The French cuisine is celebrated for many reasons and there are always several tempting options on any menu across the country. The cuisine in the South is very different to that of the North and even the South West, with influences coming from the neighbouring Italy and from further afield in North Africa. The Provencal […]

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Live in france

5 Brilliant short breaks in France

5 Brilliant short breaks in France

Written by on April 3, 2014 in Driving in France, Holiday Travel

A sneaky, cheeky break in the sunshine in France can really perk you up. Hop on a plane in the UK, hop off in France, pick up a hire car and enjoy a few days of fantastic French food and wine, sight-seeing and culture. Here, we recommend five brilliant short breaks in France for that […]

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Euro Sterling Forecast April 2014

Euro Sterling Forecast April 2014

Written by on April 1, 2014 in Currency Information

Pound climbs 2 cents to 1.21 versus euro, as Eurozone inflation falls Welcome to Pure FX’s monthly update of the pound to euro exchange rate. Sterling hops, leaps and bounds! The pound jumped 2 cents versus the euro in March, to a peak of 1.2125. By contrast, the pound was at just 1.1516 in March last […]

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How to watch British TV in France

How to watch British TV in France

Written by on March 12, 2014 in TV and Satellite

One of the things that British expats in France always seem to ask is “How do I get to watch British TV?” in my new country. It’s not a sign that they’re not willing to adapt to new ways or adopt new practices, but for many expats, keeping up with the news or their preferred […]

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Property in France

What Does the Future Hold for Paris?

What Does the Future Hold for Paris?

Written by on February 20, 2014 in Paris, Renting a House in France

Paris is one of the great historical cities of the world, from its architecture to the art in its museums which attract so many visitors each year and keep it among the top destinations. However, there are those who criticise Paris as standing still, while other cities such as London and Berlin are constantly innovating […]

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Gite Search France for gite owners and holiday makers

Gite Search France for gite owners and holiday makers

If you love France, why not live France – at least for a week or two asks Sarah Patterson, Marketing Manager at www.GîteSearch.com… We had been hearing good things about GîteSearch before it even launched (15 February 2014) so we met with Sarah to talk about this brand new gite website. Sarah’s enthusiasm and passion is clear […]

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French Chateau Rescued from Ruin

French Chateau Rescued from Ruin

Written by on January 13, 2014 in Buying a Home, Midi-Pyrénées

How many of us dream of owning and renovating a French chateau? A palace that was lived in by French aristocrats, where the rich, powerful and famous partied and where every room reveals a story from the past? Karina Waters is from Perth, Western Australia where, in what “feels like a previous life now” she […]

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Recent Articles

Reasons to Love France, boats, Easter, Chocolate and more Newsletter!

  Bonjour mes amies and amis – I’m off to Paris today! Then I’ll be taking a river boat cruise on the Seine to Honfleur in Normandy via Rouen  - what a great way to spend the Easter weekend in France! As you might know, I’ve just returned from a fabulous trip to Burgundy where […]

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Gloria the goose walks again

Gloria the goose walks again

Written by on April 17, 2014 in My French Life

I’ve had a really bad run of luck lately with my birds. I have chickens, ducks and geese and they are pets.  Like many expats in France I tried the self-sufficiency route; however it wasn’t for me so now I just eat a lot of eggs and act as kind of butler to the birds. […]

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My Brief Encounter in Paris

My Brief Encounter in Paris

Written by on April 16, 2014 in My French Life

I recently took a train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Dijon in Burgundy and had a brief encounter in Paris! It was an easy journey, taking a little over an hour and a half. People often ask me why I don’t drive but I love taking the train and the chance to people watch […]

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