Holidays and Things to do

The Perfect Tour Of Avignon Provence

The Perfect Tour Of Avignon Provence

Written by on September 20, 2016 in Provence-Alpes, Tours in France

Avignon in Provence lures visitors year round and especially in the summer when the sun is shining and the fields around are filled with lavender and sunflowers. Local expert and tour guide Emily Durand shares her top tips for taking a stress-free visit taking in away-from-the-bustle secret spots, fabulous foodie places, seeing this lovely city […]

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Wedding Photographer in France

Wedding Photographer in France

Written by on September 19, 2016 in Holidays & Things to do, Wedding Expertise

When you go to Paris, Provence or anywhere in France to celebrate your wedding, engagement or proposal – you want to know that the photos are going to be amazing. It’s important to make sure you pick a photographer you can feel relaxed with and who can really add to your special day, suggesting places […]

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5 Brilliant Free Museums in Paris

5 Brilliant Free Museums in Paris

Written by on September 13, 2016 in Arty, Museums and Châteaux, Paris, Romantic

Most museums are free in Paris on the first Sunday of the month (except during summer months when some of them charge) but there are few that are free all year round.  You may have to pay for access to temporary exhibitions but here are 5 great free museums in Paris that are well worth […]

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Gastronomy

5 Historical Facts About French Cuisine

5 Historical Facts About French Cuisine

Written by on September 9, 2016 in Gastronomy

Certainly, the French have earned their gilded place in the history of fine cuisine. Below, we’ll discuss five interesting facts that you may never have known about the fine art of French cooking throughout the centuries. 1.) DATES BACK TO MEDIEVAL TIMES Interestingly enough, the refined complexity of French cuisine dates back to the middle […]

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Gourmet Tours of Provence

Gourmet Tours of Provence

Written by on August 21, 2016 in French Cuisine, Provence-Alpes, Tours in France

When you think of France, what usually pops into your head are images of delicious restaurants whose tables and chairs spill out onto sunny terraces, shaded by leafy trees. You can’t help but imagine the most delectable cheeses and the freshest of sweet smelling, just baked baguettes. The image of a bowl of aromatic olive […]

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How To Make Champagne

How To Make Champagne

Written by on August 16, 2016 in Champagne-Ardenne, Wine and Drinks

How to make Champagne: Become a blender for the day in Champagne, the only place where Champagne is made – all the rest are sparkling wines. Grower champagnes are very much en vogue. In a region dominated by the big houses and luxury brands, these small, family run properties, usually comprising just a few hectares […]

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Culture and Language

Bon Moments by artist Perry Taylor

Bon Moments by artist Perry Taylor

Written by on September 29, 2016 in Book Reviews And Interviews

I’ve long been a fan of artist Perry Taylor’s gorgeous Indian ink drawings of rustic France, the France I know and love for its authenticity and warm welcome… and chickens! Perry lives and works in south west France with his lovely wife Caroline and his muses – a bunch of feisty birds and not your […]

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Am I too old to learn French?

Am I too old to learn French?

Written by on September 22, 2016 in Learn French

Think you might be too old to learn French – well think again. Learning a new language is a great way to age-proof your brain according to scientists… Learning another language or even several more languages helps to keep your brain sharp. It may also have significant health benefits attached in that it helps to […]

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What’s it like to do a French immersion course in France?

What’s it like to do a French immersion course in France?

Written by on September 13, 2016 in Guest Blogs, Learn French

What’s it like to do a language immersion course in France? My friends ask me how I had the nerve, after studying French for only two years, to expose myself to the stress and discomfiture of language immersion. Easy. When I was a girl, I’d linger on the edge of the high diving board until […]

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Regions of France

Guide to Compiegne Picardy

Guide to Compiegne Picardy

Written by on September 29, 2016 in Picardy

Compiegne in Picardy, Hauts de France to the north of Paris is a vigorous, busy town. Its periods of victory and defeat though, still lie beneath the skin. It is a beautiful city surrounded by peaceful countryside, an attractive place to stop at, visit and reflect on the past with many places to hold the visitors […]

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Driving the Col du Mont-Cenis in the French Alps

Driving the Col du Mont-Cenis in the French Alps

Written by on September 21, 2016 in Driving in France, Rhône Alpes

If you’re into scenic routes, Mont-Cenis pass in Savoie should definitely be on your list. It’s one of the highest mountain passes of the Alps and it’s practically a line between the Cottian and Graian Alps. If you’re traveling to or from Italy, ditch the Frejus tunnel and go this way instead – you won’t […]

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What To See And Do In Historic Bordeaux France

What To See And Do In Historic Bordeaux France

Written by on September 20, 2016 in Aquitaine

Travel is like many other things in life – we get what we put into it. So much of the pleasure of travel is anticipation: plotting the route, learning about history and culture, imagining the sights, and stumbling into new discoveries. La Belle Bordeaux Bordeaux is often referred to as the “Port of the Moon” […]

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Live in france

Best Virtual Meeting Platform for Your Company: 4 Things to Consider

Best Virtual Meeting Platform for Your Company: 4 Things to Consider

Written by on September 29, 2016 in Working in France

Virtual meetings are the perfect solution to a lot of the conundrums facing the state of the modern corporate meeting. Companies set daily meetings that end up turning into nothing more than a waste of time – and it often gets worse the higher up a person goes in the executive ladder. The CEO of […]

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How To Make Your Pension Go Further In France

How To Make Your Pension Go Further In France

Written by on September 4, 2016 in Currency Information, Financial, Pensions, Retirement

You’ve worked hard to pay for your dream retirement in France, now’s the time to enjoy that relaxed way of life you’ve planned.  If however, your ties to the UK are not entirely cut, and you have a pension being paid into a bank account in the UK –  then you should consider ways to […]

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Residence Qualification for Expats in France

Residence Qualification for Expats in France

Written by on August 17, 2016 in Expats in France, Financial, Tax

At The Good Life France we like to try to answer some of those tricky finance questions you have about life in France such as what makes someone a resident in France. It’s not always as clear as you might think. We asked the experts at Beacon Global Wealth to clarify the residency question: Question: […]

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Property in France

The top six skills that gite owners need

The top six skills that gite owners need

What are the top skills you need to run a successful holiday let in France? People, preparation, practical building maintenance, parler francais? All are important – and most property owners already know more than they think. French Connections is a holiday property listing site that specialises in France, with 20 years experience of giving owners […]

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Lovely holiday home to rent near Beziers

Lovely holiday home to rent near Beziers

In the shadow of the medieval Chateau de Murviel, la Maison Murviel basks in the sunshine of the Languedoc-Roussillon area of France, known to the locals as the real south of France. The 300 years old Maison Murviel was built directly below the Chateau in the mid 1700s though the town of Murviel-les-Beziers in which […]

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Gorgeous House To Rent In Provence

Gorgeous House To Rent In Provence

Written by on July 27, 2016 in Provence-Alpes, Renting a House in France

Going to Provence is a dream come true for so many. The scents and sounds, the scenery and the markets, the pretty little hill-top towns and the lavender fields. Sunflowers and chilled rosé wine on a terraced café at dusk. There’s so much to fall in love with. Where you stay in Provence can make your […]

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Recent Articles

Newsletter From Sunny France!

Newsletter From Sunny France!

Written by on September 23, 2016 in Newsletter

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. Here in my little corner of northern France it’s been an interesting and fun week. The sun is continuing to shine and my neighbours tell me that this is the best (they mean sunniest) summer on record for years. I’m starting to get used to having lunch in […]

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6 month French language course Giveaway

We’ve got a great, 6 month French language course to give away with Frantastique online. If you’re looking for a fun way to learn French fast with an interactive course you can do online, one that will keep you interested and engaged so you actually want to do it, then Frantastique is just perfect. Whether […]

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Fab places to visit and more newsletter from France

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. This week I went to visit Monet’s garden in Giverny in Normandy. I have to tell you, it is magnificent and even better in real life that you think it can possibly be – an absolute riot of colour that looks just like it does in his paintings! […]

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