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Moving to France with family

Written by on March 6, 2014 in Expats in France
Moving to France with family

People move to France for all sorts of reasons, a new job, retirement, a change of life. Richard Woollam was a stressed out telecommunications executive who lived with his wife and three children on the Isle of Wight, UK.  He had a fulfilling and rewarding career in the cable and telecommunications industry but he wasn’t […]

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Make friends in France with the help of a pooch!

Written by on March 4, 2014 in Guest Blogs
Make friends in France with the help of a pooch!

It may be easier than you think when it comes to learning how to make friends in France says Louise  Denegre  from Connecticut, USA as she shares one of her top tips… The French are legendary for many things from haute couture to haute gourmet cuisine; pastries, bread, cheese and wine brought to the level of […]

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Expats in France and a rocky road to success

Written by on February 26, 2014 in Expats in France
Expats in France and a rocky road to success

  What does it take to make a successful life as a working expat in France? Tenacity, determination and will power, a pragmatic attitude and a lot of resolve plus a bit of good of luck helps! Lucy Pitts interviews an expat couple in the Vendée area of France about their rocky road to France… […]

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Dreaming in French

Written by on February 24, 2014 in My French Life
Dreaming in French

  I read in the paper recently that French scientists in Lyon have discovered that there are two types of dreamers.  I don’t mean the kind that dream of living in France or dream of winning the lottery – I mean the kind that have dreams when they’re asleep! The two types are quite simply […]

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Postcard from France Competition Winner

Written by on February 19, 2014 in Readers Photos
Postcard from France Competition Winner

We thought, if we hold a competition to share photos of France from our readers around the world we would receive a few great photos… How wrong can you be? Postcard from France Contest In just one week we received more than 250 photos and all of them were great! Some of them were more […]

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Chez Castillon Writers Retreat in France

Written by on February 10, 2014 in Aquitaine, Expats in France
Chez Castillon Writers Retreat in France

The way in which Mike and Janie Wilson from the UK decided to uproot their lives as established actors in film, theatre and TV and move to France is one of those 1 in a million chances. They had never thought about doing it, never even looked at a French property and yet something happened […]

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An unlikely crime in rural France

Written by on February 7, 2014 in My French Life
An unlikely crime in rural France

Well you could have knocked me down with a feather last night. Turned on the television only to see a clip of film showing my little bit of “in-the-middle-of-nowhere-rural-France” – on the national news no less. What could happen here I thought to myself, in the idyllic Seven Valleys  in Pas de Calais that warrants […]

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Enjoying a spa break in the Languedoc

Written by on February 7, 2014 in Guest Blogs
Enjoying a spa break in the Languedoc

Early in the year, the Languedoc can be surprisingly pleasant. Weather-wise there are generally lots of sunny days and barely a spit of rain. It can certainly get cold in this part of France, but nothing that a chocolat chaud can’t put right. Cold brings snow to the nearby mountains and that means skiing is a […]

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Britain and France connected | Channel Tunnel history

Written by on February 7, 2014 in Holiday Travel, My French Life
Britain and France connected | Channel Tunnel history

France and the UK were not always separated. Thousands of years ago they were connected by land but a humongous flood carved out a break and changed Britain’s landscape and the course of history forever and Britain became an island. Estimates say that as short a time ago as 6000 BC you could walk to […]

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Expat Life in a Medieval Village in France

Written by on February 6, 2014 in Expats in France
Expat Life in a Medieval Village in France

Our house, in the medieval village of Salignac Eyvigues in the Perigord Noir, is over 800 years old and was once linked to the Château de Salignac by underground tunnels. These houses were for the servants and villagers and are a curious mixture of size and shape. From the outside of our house  you would […]

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