Regions of France

Guide to Pays de La Loire region

Written by on April 16, 2014 in Pays de la Loire
Guide to Pays de La Loire region

Rumour has it that the Pays de la Loire region may soon disappear. If President Hollande has his way the region will be divided up between its neighbours in the name of efficiency. Whatever happens, there’s no need to panic. You’ll still be able to explore the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic coast, follow the […]

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Famous Festivals in Nice France – The Gourd is celebrated

Written by on April 11, 2014 in Festivals and Carnivals, Provence-Alpes
Famous Festivals in Nice France – The Gourd is celebrated

In the city of Nice it is said that “a home without a gourd is like an empty nest”. Margo Lestz investigates the famous festivals of Nice France and visits the quirky gourd festival that takes place in the hills above the city… Nice is a French city, of course, but it also has a […]

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What to see and do in the Charente-Maritime region 2014

Written by on April 11, 2014 in Poitou-Charente
What to see and do in the Charente-Maritime region 2014

Incredibly popular with the French and increasingly so with savvy Brits, the Charente-Maritime, situated in the heart of the French Atlantic coast offers a wealth of events and festivals to enjoy throughout the year. Not only is it a stunning coastal destination with beautiful resorts like Royan and the island of Ile de Ré, there […]

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Burgundy Wine Region

Written by on April 9, 2014 in Burgundy, Wine and Drinks
Burgundy Wine Region

Burgundy – France’s most seductive wine region… Burgundy seduces, intoxicating first-timers and return visitors alike with its charm – and wines. Easily accessible by train or car, Burgundy lies south of Paris (approximately 190 miles). Comprised of three departments, five sub-regions, and over 3800 domaines, Burgundy offers an endless array of wine tasting options. Moreover, its quaint lifestyle […]

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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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Tastes of the South | Provencal Cuisine

Written by on March 28, 2014 in French Cuisine, Provence-Alpes
Tastes of the South | Provencal Cuisine

The French cuisine is celebrated for many reasons and there are always several tempting options on any menu across the country. The cuisine in the South is very different to that of the North and even the South West, with influences coming from the neighbouring Italy and from further afield in North Africa. The Provencal […]

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Spring in Narbonne France

Written by on March 27, 2014 in Languedoc-Rousillon
Spring in Narbonne France

In 2012, the Languedoc Roussillon region experienced the coldest winter in 50 years. This was perfectly timed with my family dismantling an ancient boiling system in our home and having absolutely no heating other than an open fire which smoked us out all the time. Since then we have been prepared with our huge stock […]

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The secret Chateaux of the Loire Valley

Written by on March 25, 2014 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux
The secret Chateaux of the Loire Valley

My top ten châteaux and castles in the Loire Valley are the four “Cs”. Chenonceau, Chambord, Cheverny and Chaumont – followed by the royal castles of Amboise and Blois, all of which are located in the same general area; then Azay le Rideau, Ussé and Villandry, which form another geographical group, and Valençay, out on its […]

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Musee de Luxembourg Paris

Written by on March 25, 2014 in Art and Artists, Arty, Paris
Musee de Luxembourg Paris

Initially housed in the Palais du Luxembourg that Marie de Medici had built between 1615 and 1630, the Musée du Luxembourg was the first French museum to be opened to the public, in 1750. At that time, visitors could admire twenty-four paintings by Rubens celebrating Marie de Medici and around a hundred paintings from the […]

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Sarthe Saint Calais and the fete of the Chaussons aux Pommes

Written by on March 24, 2014 in Guest Blogs, Pays de la Loire
Sarthe Saint Calais and the fete of the Chaussons aux Pommes

One of the best things for expats in France is the chance to explore their adopted country and find new places to love, festivals to enjoy and learn about the local traditions and heritage. Author and expat in Le Mans Susan Keefe goes wandering with her dog Toby and discovers a beautiful town and festival […]

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