Holidays and Things to do

Join the best tour of the French Riviera – ever

Join the best tour of the French Riviera – ever

Written by on July 23, 2020 in Tours in France

We’re known for telling you about the very best tours of France. But every now and again, something super special comes up. The Girls Guide to Paris Tour of the French Riviera, following in the footsteps of F Scott Fitzgerald, is nothing short of dazzling…. French Riviera Tour in the footsteps of F Scott Fitzgerald […]

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Stunning secret holiday spots in France

Stunning secret holiday spots in France

Written by on July 15, 2020 in Holidays & Things to do, Places to Go

If you’re looking for crowd-dodging, off the beaten-track, fabulous places to holiday in France – check out these inspired choices! French Connections, the UK holiday company that lists thousands of gites all over France, asked us to share three of our favourite secret holiday spots in France. Burgundy, Annecy Mountains and Brittany have it all: beaches, […]

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The ultimate gourmet truffle and wine tour Provence

The ultimate gourmet truffle and wine tour Provence

Written by on July 9, 2020 in Tours in France

There are some foods which epitomise the essence of gastronomic greatness  – truffles are one of them. And good wine is another. The legendary “black diamonds” of Provence are revered as much top chefs as by local families. They’re added to artistic dishes by master chefs around the world and by keen cooks to enhance […]

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Gastronomy

How to make Cherries Jubilee

How to make Cherries Jubilee

Written by on September 17, 2020 in Desserts

Cherries jubilee is an old school classic French dessert though it was invented in England. It’s super easy to make and utterly delicious. The recipe is credited to the great French chef Auguste Escoffier, who created the dish in honour of the the Queen Victoria’s diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1897. The dish is made with […]

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Recipe for Flan Pâtissier (Parisian)

Recipe for Flan Pâtissier (Parisian)

Written by on September 13, 2020 in Desserts

Flan Pâtissier (or Parisian) is a simple custard tart and a classic French recipe but it’s origins go back much further. “What have the Romans ever done for us?” The classic line from Monty Python’s Life of Brian got the answer “aqueducts… sanitation… roads… irrigation…” and a whole lot more. They didn’t say flans – […]

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How to drink Pastis

How to drink Pastis

Written by on August 17, 2020 in Wine and Drinks

You can walk into any bar in France and be assured of a familiar sight – a sign or a jug (the type you see at every French flea market) advertising pastis. And if it’s a hot day, there’s sure to be a Frenchman or two sitting at a table watching the world go by […]

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Culture and Language

The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux by Samantha Verant

The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux by Samantha Verant

Written by on August 26, 2020 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Sophie, a French-born but lived most of her life in the US chef, finds life really isn’t a dream come true. When an ex-boyfriend conspires against her, her whole life is turned upside down. Sophie needs to get a grip of herself if she’s to avoid a life doomed to fail on all levels. But […]

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How to create French home style – anywhere

How to create French home style – anywhere

Written by on August 22, 2020 in French Style

French style is famous throughout the world. Cultivated over hundreds of years of design and fine arts, it’s a seemingly effortless style that isn’t always that easy to achieve. But there are ways and means to make it easy! You don’t need to live in a Chateau, or in Paris, Provence or a rustic farmhouse […]

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How to host a dinner party in true French style

How to host a dinner party in true French style

Written by on July 20, 2020 in French Style, Gastronomy

Julia Girard-Gervois of TripUSAFrance organises amazing tours of France. Though she now lives in the USA, she loves to bring a taste of French style to her table. We asked Julia for her top tips to create a French flavour at home… French table style Always make sure that the dinner table is dressed before […]

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Regions of France

Lille – the best cultural sites and restaurants

Lille – the best cultural sites and restaurants

Written by on July 27, 2020 in Nord-Pas de Calais

Vieux Lille, the old town of Lille, is a place of fanciful Flemish facades. Where bars, bistros, boutiques and shops line the cobbled streets which wind their way labyrinth-like around the central Place du Général de Gaulle, known as the grand’Place. Outdoor cafés abound in the ancient city centre, art of all kinds adorns the […]

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Road Trip northern France

Road Trip northern France

Written by on July 8, 2020 in Nord-Pas de Calais

The far north of France, known as Hauts de France comprising the departments Picardy, Pas-de-Calais and Nord is the perfect road trip destination. A land of castles, seaside resorts, forests and lakes. There are ancient towns and cities, gorgeous countryside and picturesque villages and even Champagne vineyards! If you’re after a road trip that takes […]

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Oppède le Vieux Provence

Oppède le Vieux Provence

Written by on July 1, 2020 in Provence-Alpes

As you wind your way across the plains of the Vaucluse in Provence (all olive groves, lavender and vineyards), you see Oppède le Vieux hanging above you on the north face of the Petit Luberon. It looks haunting and beautiful… The rise… Oppède le Vieux dates back to at least the 12th century. At the […]

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Live in france

Moving to France during the Covid crisis – Is it possible?

Moving to France during the Covid crisis – Is it possible?

Written by on September 18, 2020 in Living in France, Property in France

We have been receiving a lot of requests from readers since the start of the COVID pandemic, all asking the same question: “Is it possible to pack and move  my personal effects and possessions from  the UK to my new home in France during the Covid crisis?”. Well the simple answer is yes. We thought […]

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Everything you need to know about French Mortgages

Everything you need to know about French Mortgages

Written by on July 15, 2020 in Banks and Banking, Financial

An estimated 84,000 UK nationals moved across the Channel in 2019 –  a 10 year high. Traditionally most home buyers were retired or looking to purchase second homes, but France is an increasingly attractive option for young families and people in their 40’s and 50’s. Affordable property, beautiful countryside and coastline, great food, wine and […]

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Essential tips for moving to France

Essential tips for moving to France

Written by on July 15, 2020 in Financial, Living in France

You find your dream home in France, you can’t wait to move there and start living the good life but there are a few things you need to do first. You’ll need to fill in paperwork and notify authorities in the UK and France, sort out healthcare, maybe inheritance planning, savings, tax and whole host […]

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Property in France

Expert property guide to Uzerche and around, Correze, Limousin

Expert property guide to Uzerche and around, Correze, Limousin

Written by on September 21, 2020 in Property in France

Uzerche is a pretty, fortified town in the commune in the Corrèze department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Its origins date back to pre-Roman times. Today the town is vibrant and architecturally glorious. With its many towers, vaulted passageways and old houses adorned with carved door and a magnificent octagonal bell tower, typical of the Limousin […]

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Expert Property guide to Montmorillon and around, the Vienne

Expert Property guide to Montmorillon and around, the Vienne

Written by on September 2, 2020 in Property in France

Montmorillon is in the department of the Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (formerly Poitou-Charentes) in south west France. The town is situated on the Gartempe river at the geographical crossroads of  Indre, Haute-Vienne and the Vienne. Around 50 miles from the city of Poitiers and 30 miles from Limoges, both of which have airports with flights to the […]

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French Connections property for sale in France

French Connections property for sale in France

Written by on August 26, 2020 in Property for sale

French Connections are one of the biggest and longest running gite rental companies in the UK. But did you know they also sell property in France? If you’re looking to buy, they have plenty to tempt you with all over France. And if you’re looking to sell, they will list it for a flat fee […]

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Freewheeling gastronomic adventure in Montreuil-sur-Mer

Sarah Daly hops on an electric bike and works up an appetite for a dining experience with a difference. As a resident of Montreuil-sur-Mer in Pas de Calais, I am a regular visitor to Le Touquet, just 10 miles away on the Opal coast. I love its bustling atmosphere, clean sandy beach, colourful beach huts […]

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Bon weekend from me and my pumpkins in France…

Bonjour, I hope that you and yours are well. Here in my village, the smell of fermenting apples is filling the air. Cider making is early this year as we had such a long hot spring through summer and the apples are bigger, rosier and juicier than I can ever remember. Claudette, who you would […]

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Paris lover’s guide to the city…

Paris lover’s guide to the city…

Written by on September 16, 2020 in Guest Blogs

We talk to chef and author Lisa Baker Morgan who splits her life between Los Angeles and Paris. As a Paris local with a love of food, culture and history, she shares some of her top tips for visitors the the city of light… What draws you to Paris – the things that make you […]

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