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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 French immersion course in France?

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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2CVs the legendary Citroen car of the people

Written by on August 22, 2016 in Guest Blogs
2CVs the legendary Citroen car of the people

At the tender age of eighteen I was thrown the keys to the farm run-around. It was during my gap year working in the vineyards of Bordeaux. I was off to football training in the nearby town of Saint Foy La Grande and the “mobylette” had broken down. It was to be my first drive […]

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The History of Aviation in northern France

Written by on August 18, 2016 in Guest Blogs
The History of Aviation in northern France

The tiny part of the world consisting of the departments of Nord, Pas de Calais and a slice of northern Picardy has been a homeland of powered, manned flight since the start of its history. You would never tell as you pass through it though… The Caudron Brothers of Picardy In 1908 the American Wright […]

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Residence Qualification for Expats in France

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

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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Frank Gehry’s Starry Night in Arles

Written by on July 28, 2016 in Guest Blogs
Frank Gehry’s Starry Night in Arles

Let’s step back in time for a moment to consider the ancient town of Arles in the Bouches-du-Rhône department of southern France. Established in the 6th century BC by the Greeks, in 123 BC the Romans developed Arelate into a vital port and economic centre which continued until the 5th century AD. When Arles is […]

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I love My Personalised Luggage

Written by on July 26, 2016 in My French Life
I love My Personalised Luggage

Everywhere I travel people stare at my luggage! It’s okay though, I’m happy for them to do it because my luggage is part of my adventure as a travel writer. You know when suitcases go round the conveyor belt when you land at an airport, you stand there staring, waiting to spot your case, trying […]

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History of French Pissoirs

Written by on July 22, 2016 in Guest Blogs
History of French Pissoirs

The French have invented many things: taxis, the hot air balloon, internal combustion engine, inflatable tyres,  sewing machine, bikini (arguable), cafetière, Braille, camera phone, hairdryer, parachute and that great public utility – the urinoir, or, to give it its more familiar and descriptive name, the pissoir. Although, to be fair, the French simply embraced Roman […]

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General Charles De Gaulle, The Ultimate French Patriot

Written by on July 22, 2016 in Guest Blogs
General Charles De Gaulle, The Ultimate French Patriot

Charles de Gaulle is probably the most well-known French personality of the 20th century. Born in Lille, northern France (November 22, 1890), he died of natural causes at his home in the village of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises in the Haute-Marne. He and his wife Yvonne had three children. The background to his life is complex and dramatic. […]

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Making Friends in France

Written by on July 11, 2016 in Guest Blogs
Making Friends in France

When my husband and I first discovered our lovely little ville, Collioure, I had command of very few words in French. This place was the center of anchovy production for all of France long ago, favorite of the Fauves, those modern artists who loved to paint the colors of Collioure, and it is fortunately protected […]

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The Medieval Town Where Cats Rule, La Romieu Gers, France

Written by on July 8, 2016 in Guest Blogs
The Medieval Town Where Cats Rule, La Romieu Gers, France

One of the main tourist attractions in the small medieval village of La Romieu, in the Gers Department of southwest France, is the abundance of cats to be found there. They sun themselves on ledges or peer out from windows, charming those who pass by. They are well behaved, never cause any problems, and always […]

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