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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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Je Suis Flop Chef

Written by on November 25, 2014 in My French Life
Je Suis Flop Chef

When I first moved to France I had grand designs for gastronomy – I certainly like to eat so I thought I would try to be good at making things to eat. Everyone I know who moves to France takes up cooking and all my French friends and neighbours love to make great food – […]

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Hats off to France

Written by on November 24, 2014 in Expats in France
Hats off to France

  France has long been famous for its fashion and especially its hats, just think Coco Chanel, one of the most famous milliners and designers of all time. In the 21st Century France is still famous for its haute couture and style and we talk to a British expat milliner about what lured her to […]

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Reliving the Past in France

Written by on November 20, 2014 in Guest Blogs
Reliving the Past in France

One weekend as a Poilu, one day as a Canonnier with the 338ème Régiment, author James Vance takes part in two re-enactment events in France that give him goose bumps and memories that will last forever… To live in France is the fulfilment of a dream; to partake in French life adds an extra ingredient […]

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How to impress your neighbours in France

Written by on November 12, 2014 in My French Life
How to impress your neighbours in France

Last week I was invited to a neighbour’s house for drinks. I don’t know the neighbour so well, or at least I didn’t before last week… Recently I was interviewed for a French magazine. It’s a local magazine and as a special edition the November version was published in English and promotes the links between […]

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Armistice Day France 2014

Written by on November 11, 2014 in My French Life
Armistice Day France 2014

Today is 11 November, 2014. It is Armistice Day and commemorates the signing, after four long years of dreadfulness, of a pact that ended hostilities between the Allied Forces and Germany on the 11 November 1918. In France, 11th November is a national holiday. Not just a day off, the purpose is to allow people […]

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Ten Years in the Merde, expats in Creuse

Written by on November 6, 2014 in Guest Blogs
Ten Years in the Merde, expats in Creuse

Ten years to the day of living in France, our eyes were drawn to the cloudless blue sky by a marvellous spectacle. It was ‘les grues’ – cranes – departing, a sight always magical, but heart-sinking too because it means winter is almost here.  Off to warmer climes, they strike into the sunset in V-shaped […]

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Romancing the bone | Dog wedding in France

Written by on November 4, 2014 in Guest Blogs
Romancing the bone | Dog wedding in France

At the elegant pink villa on the promontory of St. Jean Cap Ferrat, built for Charlotte Beatrice Ephrussi de Rothschild it is said that a very unusual wedding took place many years ago. Margo Lestz looks at the story of the marriage of two pampered poodles dressed in formal gown and suit for the occasion… […]

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