Holidays and Things to do

Behind the Lines in Montreuil-sur-Mer

Behind the Lines in Montreuil-sur-Mer

Written by on August 19, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials

August 2014 marked the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War. The world’s most intense trench warfare and loss of life took place between 1914 and 1918 in Nord-Pas de Calais amongst the green and rural landscape. Bob Lyons reports on an exhibition that looks behind the lines in Montreuil-sur-Mer… If you are fascinated […]

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Visiting key sites of the Great War in France by coach

Visiting key sites of the Great War in France by coach

Written by on August 18, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials

I have always had a great interest in the events of the First World War. As a child, I grew up with the culture of it all. My grandfather served in the British army and fought at Vimy Ridge, northern France, during the conflict. He was poisoned by gas, left totally deaf but somehow survived […]

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A cruise on the Canal du Rhone to Sete

A cruise on the Canal du Rhone to Sete

Written by on August 12, 2014 in Cruise holidays

A cruise on the beautiful Canal du Rhone is to float deep into the heart of France, a chance to experience the famous nature reserves of the Camargue, a tranquil break that takes in several key destinations on the Rhone to Sète route… I always dreamed about living on a houseboat and a boat trip […]

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Gastronomy

Classic French Beurre Noisette recipe

Classic French Beurre Noisette recipe

Written by on August 18, 2014 in Starters

Beurre Noisette means brown butter, nut brown butter. Literally beurre noisette means hazenut butter although no hazelnuts are used in its production – it’s more about it being a hazelnut colour with a slightly nutty taste. It sounds quite fancy but actually a beurre noisette recipe is really simple to make and is a classic French […]

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4 Great Tastes of Provence

4 Great Tastes of Provence

Written by on August 5, 2014 in French Cuisine, Provence-Alpes

Provence is a place of great beauty and fabulous gastronomy. Margaret Clare, expat in the gorgeous hill top village of Vence, describes her favourite tastes of Provence… a feast for the eyes as well as for the stomach. Provence Seafood and Fungi Seafood is available in abundance and the local dishes use all forms of […]

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Vin d’Orange recipe from Provence

Vin d’Orange recipe from Provence

Written by on August 5, 2014 in Wine and Drinks

  This oh so simple but completely delicious Vin d’Orange recipe makes for a traditional aperitif from Provence that will bring a little French oh la la to your table and your friends! Popular in France since the 17th Century this make it at home variety is super when poured over ice and sipped in the […]

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Culture and Language

French Attic Finds gorgeous vintage from France

French Attic Finds gorgeous vintage from France

Written by on August 11, 2014 in Expats in France, French Style, Markets

France is famous for its flea markets and antique fairs. Every town and village seems to hold at least one flea market a year and for many people in France, a weekend spent browsing at a brocante is a way of life. For visitors to France a visit to a local flea market is an […]

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Review The Sea Garden by Deborah Lawrenson

Review The Sea Garden by Deborah Lawrenson

Written by on August 4, 2014 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Deborah Lawrenson’s The Sea Garden is a haunting and mysterious story set in the south of France. Actually it is three stories that are interlaced taking place over several decades from present day to events that took place in France near the end of World War II. Review of The Sea Garden by Deborah Lawrenson […]

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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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Regions of France

The Marais in Paris

The Marais in Paris

Written by on August 19, 2014 in Paris

The Marais is an enticing mélange of old and traditional plus contemporary and slightly quirky. It is one of the most compelling areas in Paris. You can go to temple or to church and on the way home, pick up a hip new ensemble for visiting the gallery of modern art. You may pause to […]

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A day on the Cote d’Azur France

A day on the Cote d’Azur France

Written by on August 13, 2014 in Guest Blogs, Provence-Alpes

Visiting the Cote d’Azur, also known as the French Riviera, for the first time can instill a love of southern France that never ends. The blue waters of the Mediterranean that give their name to this stretch of coast, the picturesque villages and beautiful countryside are captivating and are a certain tourist magnate. Lyn Baker […]

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Nuit des Chimères Annual Light Show Le Mans

Nuit des Chimères Annual Light Show Le Mans

Written by on August 11, 2014 in Festivals and Carnivals, Pays de la Loire

The annual light show Le Mans is a spectacular sight and a great way to enjoy an evening in the town throughout the summer months. Known as the Nuit des Chimères, this free event is a must see for all visitors to Le Mans says expat in the area, Susan Keefe… Annual Light Show Le […]

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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

French rail travel news for British travellers 2014

Savvy travellers know that a great way to get around France is by train. The rail networks in France are in a league of their own – fast, efficient and rarely off schedule. Travelling by train is easy (check out our tips from rail travel in France) and for British travellers who want to travel […]

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La Rentree, chateaux, ships, ancient books and more from France

Bonjour and Bon Weekend! Here in France we are all gearing up for La rentrée. La rentrée is uniquely French – it isn’t just about the kids going back to school though that is a part of it. It’s about the end of summer holidays and the return to normal life. La rentrée is about optimism […]

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Beautiful Windows in france

Beautiful Windows in france

Written by on August 19, 2014 in Photo gallery

“Set wide the window. Let me drink the day.” Thank you for that quote, Edith Wharton … one of my favourite writers and a true Francophile. Those are just the right words to introduce this petit goût of window photos from my travels in France. Windows and doors: my camera and I can’t get enough […]

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