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Expat Life in France and the Unfaithful Baker’s Wife

Written by on July 24, 2014 in Guest Blogs
Expat Life in France and the Unfaithful Baker’s Wife

Expat life in France is not always as quiet as it seems, underneath the tranquillity may lie seething passions and secrets says Peter Schoenmaker, an expat in France, hotelier and author of ‘Clogs, Frogs & les Rosbifs’ a book that needs a UK publisher… “Ça sera tout?” asked the baker’s wife, licking her pencil before […]

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Do the French hate the British?

Written by on July 22, 2014 in My French Life
Do the French hate the British?

Last week someone sent me a message, it read: “Good life in France, ‘you must be joking’ they don’t like the Brits. Get real.” It made me feel a bit sad for the person who sent it as clearly that individual is not having a good time. It also made me think, am I just […]

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Montpellier now – retracing the steps of the past

Written by on July 22, 2014 in Guest Blogs
Montpellier now – retracing the steps of the past

In 1924, not long after the death of her mother, a fresh faced girl of nineteen years named Cecilia set off from England on what must have been an amazing journey, one that took her across France to the sunny Mediterranean city of Montpellier. She went to join her half-brother who, at some 17 years […]

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How do French women stay so slim?

Written by on July 17, 2014 in My French Life
How do French women stay so slim?

How to have your cake and eat it…How do French women stay so slim? One of the things I am often asked is “How come they have such great cakes, cheese, bread etc in France and yet all French women are skinny”. Okay, first of all, let me tell you that is a myth. Not […]

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Hedges, flea markets, radio, Tour de France, My French Life

Written by on July 16, 2014 in My French Life
Hedges, flea markets, radio, Tour de France, My French Life

Last week my French life went by in a whirl which seemed to mirror the actions of 219 famous cyclists who came through town. On Monday I was interviewed for a radio show. I hate hearing myself so I’m always nervous when I do these things. When I was a teenager I was in a […]

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Tales from a Normandy Smallholding

Written by on July 15, 2014 in Expats in France
Tales from a Normandy Smallholding

Author Sue Coleman has lived in the beautiful Pays d’Auge region of mid Normandy for 11 years and has learned from her French neighours about growing produce, keeping livestock and generally working with the seasons to gain the most from the land… Contrary to popular belief it is not true that all of Normandy is […]

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The Tour de France Circus Comes to a Small Rural French Town

Written by on July 14, 2014 in My French Life, Sport
The Tour de France Circus Comes to a Small Rural French Town

The Tour de France circus comes to town: I am not sure that life will ever be the same again in the little French town of Hucqueliers in Pas de Calais. Usually the most exciting thing that happens there is the annual flea market, or the horse show in which a truck load of horses […]

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How to fit in like a local in France

Written by on July 10, 2014 in Expats in France
How to fit in like a local in France

How to fit in like a local in France: Donna Kerridge and husband Nik live in Pas de Calais and say that integrating into the local community is very important to them. Donna tells us how to fit in like a local in France – at your local café… Sitting here in our French farmhouse, […]

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The Orient Express train to Paris

Written by on June 30, 2014 in Guest Blogs
The Orient Express train to Paris

The Orient Express train to Paris from Venice is a fine way to travel in style says The Good Life Paris reporter Linda Matthieu… When my husband suggested we celebrate my birthday with a trip on the famous Orient Express train after watching a TV special on the subject, of course I said yes. Hasn’t […]

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Inspired by the wines of Provence

Written by on June 24, 2014 in Guest Blogs
Inspired by the wines of Provence

We’re in Provence, on a gravel road off of the D-99 just outside of St. Remy-de-Provence. We can hear the wind whistling by, tyres on a wet road, a half-heard opera on French radio. The moment is so special we video-record it through the windshield. We pass open fields, hedges, a house with a little […]

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