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Expats Volunteer opportunities in France with LAARF

Written by on April 22, 2015 in Expats in France, Pets And Animals
Expats Volunteer opportunities in France with LAARF

LAARF and France LAARFS with you: It takes all sorts to help animals in need says expat in France Jane Hunt, but there is plenty of opportunity and it’s a great way to make friends. LAARF, Les Amis des Animaux en Refuges de France is one such way to get involved and volunteer… Jac Prosser is […]

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Will I get the Legion d’Honneur for my services to France?

Written by on April 20, 2015 in My French Life
Will I get the Legion d’Honneur for my services to France?

Last week I received this message, and I promise you it’s real: “It’s nice for a French bloke to see that you guys love my country despite all the bloody conflicts we had and I am thrilled for your commitment to share it to your fellow citizens. You deserve the sacred Legion d’honneur for promoting […]

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The Grass is always Greener for some expats

Written by on April 14, 2015 in My French Life, Work in France
The Grass is always Greener for some expats

The other day I interviewed an expat British couple in France. They had moved here seven years ago, took early retirement, bought a beautiful country house with a lovely garden in a pretty village in SW France. We talked about how they find life in France and it started off well. They love the food, […]

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Expats set up ceramics and pottery school in Normandy

Written by on April 7, 2015 in Expats in France
Expats set up ceramics and pottery school in Normandy

Deep in the Mayenne countryside is the quiet village of Saint Calais du Desert, and its hidden gem, a wonderful ceramic painting and pottery studio run by Susan Clarke and her husband Keith. Susan and her husband who were originally from Essex, bought the house and five attached barns in 2001. This beautiful part of […]

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La Belle Vie

Written by on April 7, 2015 in My French Life
La Belle Vie

People often ask me about where I live in France, when I tell them the Seven Valleys, Pas de Calais, the usual reaction is that they’ve never even heard of it. That doesn’t surprise me at all, it’s a bit of a secret! The Seven Valleys area is a lush and fertile part of Pas […]

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Monet’s Garden Giverny, Photo of the Week from France

Written by on March 27, 2015 in Readers Photos
Monet’s Garden Giverny, Photo of the Week from France

 This lovely photograph of Monet’s garden at Giverny was shared with us by David Stratton from Australia. An appreciative audience of more than 60,000 people on The Good Life France Facebook page made this our photo of the week. There is a poignant story behind this photo, David’s wife is unwell and undergoing chemotherapy treatment, […]

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The Beer Festival and Le Madison Dance in France

Written by on March 20, 2015 in French Style, My French Life
The Beer Festival and Le Madison Dance in France

I recently told you I was off to a beer festival with an Austrian oompah band (if you missed my newsletter about it you can read it here). I’ve never been to a French beer festival before so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect – by the way they called it a soirée Bavaroise.  […]

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French People Don’t Hug

Written by on March 17, 2015 in French Style, Guest Blogs
French People Don’t Hug

If you plop yourself down on a park bench in the U.S. and watch people come and go, you’ll undoubtedly see people of all ages meet and greet each other with a hug. Some are just friendly, quick hugs and others are more loving and romantic. Sometimes a hug is accompanied by a pat on […]

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L’Escargot, London’s oldest French Restaurant

Written by on February 25, 2015 in My French Life
L’Escargot, London’s oldest French Restaurant

I go back and forth between the UK and France all the time but until recently I never noticed how much of a French influence there is in London. Walking around the area of Charing Cross, through Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Soho, I was struck by how many French style patisseries and restaurants there […]

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Abandoned French Fairy-Tale Chateau Le Mung Being Restored by Expats

Abandoned French Fairy-Tale Chateau Le Mung Being Restored by Expats

Chateau Le Mung is a neglected 800 year old chateau in southwest France, or at least it was until a British family who had moved to Australia decided to love, honour and restore it…  This is not a DIY job of the type that most of us would consider though many of us would dream […]

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