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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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New Year’s Eve French Style

Written by on December 31, 2014 in My French Life
New Year’s Eve French Style

It’s New Year’s Eve and where I live in the middle of nowhere, rural Pas de Calais, northern France, it’s fairly quiet for most of the day. Actually it feels just like a normal working day – the shops are open, the post lady delivers the post as normal, the bread lady arrived on time, […]

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Christmas Day and the Christmas Truce Statue

Written by on December 26, 2014 in My French Life
Christmas Day and the Christmas Truce Statue

Across a muddy battlefield, two young men reach out to shake hands over a football – marking one of the most extraordinary events of the Great War… Normally on Christmas Day you’d find me walking the dogs, cooking a big roast dinner, having a glass of champagne with family, friends and neighbours in my little […]

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The tradition of Old Maid’s Day in France

Written by on December 8, 2014 in French Icons, My French Life
The tradition of Old Maid’s Day in France

Recently I went to lunch with some expat friends, one of whom has a French boyfriend. “I found out something strange” she informed us. We sat forward all agog, we love to hear about the differences in cultures that those with a foot on both sides of the fence have. “My boyfriend sent a card […]

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The Good Life France Winter Photo Competition

Written by on December 5, 2014 in Competitions, Readers Photos
The Good Life France Winter Photo Competition

Enter our Winter in France photo contest. You don’t have to be a professional or even a great photographer to take a great photograph. We would love to see your photos of winter in France – it could be ski, snow, mountains, Christmas – anything French and related to winter. Whatever your favourite image is, […]

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Notre Dame de Lorette memorial

Written by on December 2, 2014 in Battlefields and War Memorials, My French Life
Notre Dame de Lorette memorial

Arras is a beautiful old town with Flemish style buildings, imposing squares, great shops, quirky cafes and there is lots to do and see. Many of the beautiful buildings are surprisingly not quite what they seem. The town and all around saw fierce fighting, dreadful battles and suffered horrendous loss of life and destruction during the […]

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