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History of Paris Bouquinistes

Written by on February 1, 2016 in Guest Blogs
History of Paris Bouquinistes

The word bouquiniste means secondhand bookseller. The origin of the word is from the German word “buch”. One of the most fascinating places in Paris to experience book joy is along the Seine where you’ll find the second hand booksellers with their beautiful, green book boxes… There are two tales that claim to be the […]

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Volunteering in France with Animals and LAARF

Written by on January 25, 2016 in Expats in France, Pets And Animals
Volunteering in France with Animals and LAARF

Helping out at your local animal refuge in France is a great way to help the animals, get involved in the local community and make new friends… Producing 160 promotion posters for 160 dogs in one weekend is water off a duck’s back (or should we say, dog’s?) for Emma Lee, one of LAARF’s finest. […]

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Eat. Pray. House sit France.

Written by on January 18, 2016 in Guest Blogs
Eat. Pray. House sit France.

It had long been an ambition for Janet Windsor, a retired American professional, to find a quiet niche in France to immerse herself in the French culture and learn the language. She loved the idea of discovering a new location steeped in history and when she came across an advert for a “house-sitter’ in a […]

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Living the Good Life | Expats in the Loire

Written by on December 15, 2015 in Centre, Expats in France
Living the Good Life | Expats in the Loire

Expat Brits in the Loire with a captivating manor house  and sublime taste in interior design… As an interior designer and antique dealer, Rosemary Conquest from London travelled all over France sourcing material. She and her husband Richard loved their trips and in 2006 they decided to move to France and chose the Loire Valley […]

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4 Ways to Enhance Your Vacation Experience in France

Written by on December 8, 2015 in Guest Blogs
4 Ways to Enhance Your Vacation Experience in France

I’m big on living like a local, no matter where I am. What does that mean? It means that rather than standing in line to get to the top of the Eiffel Tower, I’m around the corner drinking kir and people watching. Rather than eating at the expensive tourist restaurant (which may not be as […]

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How Queen Marie-Antoinette Almost Escaped to America

Written by on December 1, 2015 in Guest Blogs
How Queen Marie-Antoinette Almost Escaped to America

How the French Royal family almost escaped to America… of course we all know they didn’t but it nearly worked and it seems that their cats may have made it safely! During the time of the French Revolution, there was a shipping company in Wiscasset Maine which had contracts for trading in Paris.  It was […]

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The British National Anthem is French… Maybe!

Written by on November 4, 2015 in Guest Blogs
The British National Anthem is French… Maybe!

The British National Anthem, “God Save the Queen” (or King, depending on the gender of the monarch), is the tune of choice to represent Great Britain at royal and national events, but did you ever wonder about its origins? It seems this song could be yet another link in the intertwined histories of the United […]

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The First Wedding Planner in France?

Written by on October 16, 2015 in Guest Blogs
The First Wedding Planner in France?

Paris 1902 and young Dr. Marcile is head-over-heels in love. The young lady who is the object of his affection loves him too, but her parents won’t consent to marriage, they are heartbroken. One day the doctor passes a garage on Avenue de la Grande-Armée advertising the fastest, most reliable cars anywhere. The doctor has […]

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Expats Live the Good Life in Normandy

Written by on October 15, 2015 in Expats in France
Expats Live the Good Life in Normandy

Eve Damon and her partner Stephen Miles moved to Normandy from The Isle of Thanet, Kent for a life of rural bliss… A life of Milk and Honey… Eve Damon has always loved France. She was born in Germany, studied photography in Paris and couture in Florence, Italy and graphic design and desktop publishing in […]

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How to eat fish in France

Written by on October 1, 2015 in Guest Blogs
How to eat fish in France

  In France, when it comes to fish courses, you may well be presented with the fish, the whole fish and nothing but the fish – knowing how to debone a cooked fish a la table, will stand you in good stead! In many ways France is still a traditional country. While the number of […]

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