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Home away from Home France

Home away from Home France

For many of us, a holiday in France is about living the dream, not just as a tourist but as a local. As well as enjoying the sun and the sea, fabulous cuisine and great wines – we also want an authentic experience, a chance to immerse ourselves in the culture and local lifestyle. So, […]

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The most beautiful places in France to visit

Written by on March 26, 2014 in Places to Go
The most beautiful places in France to visit

It’s certainly no surprise to us that for the last 20 years and more, France has remained at the top of the list for the world’s most popular tourist destination. Paris, Provence, the glamour of the French Riviera, the exquisite cuisine, history, culture and traditions, fine wines, romantic chateaux, dazzling landmarks and picturesque villages – […]

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Gite Search France for gite owners and holiday makers

Gite Search France for gite owners and holiday makers

If you love France, why not live France – at least for a week or two asks Sarah Patterson, Marketing Manager at www.GîteSearch.com… We had been hearing good things about GîteSearch before it even launched (15 February 2014) so we met with Sarah to talk about this brand new gite website. Sarah’s enthusiasm and passion is clear […]

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The Perfect Place to take the Kids – Opal Coast, France

The Perfect Place to take the Kids – Opal Coast, France

This year the October half term holiday in the UK coincides with Opal Coast Girls Week – a campaign aimed to introduce the area to ladies – their partners, friends and kids. If you’ve been wondering what to do for a day, a few days or the whole week why not take a look at […]

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The Opal Coast Girls Special Events week in France

The Opal Coast Girls Special Events week in France

The Opal Coast of France – it sounds lovely doesn’t it? And it is… This 80 mile stretch of coastline takes in golden sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, charming bays, ancient castles, chic resorts and authentic little fishing villages – you’ll find it just across the English Channel in the most northerly region of France. The […]

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Shopping in Lille, France

Written by on September 27, 2013 in Nord-Pas de Calais, Places to Go
Shopping in Lille, France

Fancy a spot of shopping in France? London to Lille takes just 90 minutes by train, or if you’re coming from the Calais ferry port about an hour and 15 minutes by car. It might not seem that far away but in terms of shopping – it’s a world away from the high street shops […]

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A bit of French leave in Montreuil-sur-Mer

Written by on August 29, 2013 in Places to Go
A bit of French leave in Montreuil-sur-Mer

For a brief visit to France which gives you a taster of real France, real close, take the ferry to Calais. Less than an hour’s drive from there you will find the town of Montreuil-sur-Mer, about 70 kilometres along the coast towards Le Touquet says seasoned traveller and Francophile, Bob Lyons. Montreuil-sur-Mer is France at […]

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Les Misèrables at Montreuil-sur-Mer

Written by on August 1, 2013 in Places to Go
Les Misèrables at Montreuil-sur-Mer

At the end of July and the beginning of August something quite magical takes place at Montreuil-sur-Mer, up high on the ramparts, in the historical setting of the ancient Citadelle… Janine Marsh visits Montreuil-sur-Mer for a very special event. Montreuil-sur-Mer is in fact not sur-Mer at all but it was once, many centuries ago when […]

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Monte Carlo Casino

Written by on July 30, 2013 in Places to Go
Monte Carlo Casino

For over a century, the Casinos of  Monte Carlo have been drawing tourists from around the world to the small principality of Monaco, a sovereign city-state on the French Riviera. it is the second smallest and most densely-populated country in the world. Located in one of the most luxurious and prestigious resorts in the world, […]

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La Chartreuse | Chateau Hotel in northern France

Written by on July 11, 2013 in Places to Go with 0 Comments
La Chartreuse | Chateau Hotel in northern France

I recently took a trip to Lens in northern France where I visited the absolutely wonderful new Louvre and followed a part of the World War I memorial route – I also stayed in a chateau! I arrived at the 4* La Chartreuse in Gosnay, a charming village near Bruay-en-Artois, on a Saturday evening. The hotel […]

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