Holidays and Things to do

Beautiful Provence | Abbey Saint André Villeneuve-sur-Avignon

Beautiful Provence | Abbey Saint André Villeneuve-sur-Avignon

Written by on October 11, 2017 in Places to Go, Provence-Alpes

Provence is a place of beautiful villages, picturesque hill top towns, gorgeous gardens and a stunning landscape. All who visit long to return after falling in love with the colourful southern French region. We asked Emily Durand at Your Private Provence about some of her favourite Provence beauty spots… Abbey Saint Andre one of the […]

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Estaing Aveyron one of the most beautiful villages in France

Estaing Aveyron one of the most beautiful villages in France

Written by on October 4, 2017 in Midi-Pyrénées, Tours in France

Estaing in Aveyron, lies at the foot of the Aubrac Mountains, at the mouth of the river that runs through the gorges of Lot. A picture-postcard village that is classified as one of the “most beautiful villages of France”, it’s about 25km from Rodez. What to see in the captivating village of Estaing Averyon Estaing […]

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La Villa de Mazamet France’s leading luxury B&B in the south of France

La Villa de Mazamet France’s leading luxury B&B in the south of France

Deep in the south of France, nestled in the foot of the stunning Montagne Noire mountain range, which divides the departments of the Tarn from the Aude, sits Mazamet. And, nestled in Mazamet is the exquisite Villa de Mazamet, the No. 1 B&B in France on Trip Advisor… France’s leading luxury B&B Mazamet isn’t your […]

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Gastronomy

Homemade Orange Liqueur recipe from France

Homemade Orange Liqueur recipe from France

Written by on October 6, 2017 in Gastronomy, Wine and Drinks

Homemade orange liqueur – its deliciously sunny, makes for a great gift and makes for a scrumptious treat. Ingredients 600ml dark rum (a little less than 3 cups) 1 bottle dry white wine 300g (10 ozs) golden caster sugar 8 oranges, unwaxed How to make homemade orange liqueur Peel large strips of zest from the […]

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How to make chocolate macarons by Pierre Hermé

How to make chocolate macarons by Pierre Hermé

Written by on October 3, 2017 in Celebrity Chefs, Desserts, Gastronomy

Perfect for parties, these gorgeous little more-ish macarons from the master in Paris are from his new book “Chocolate” and classified as “easy” (available from Amazon). Nicknamed the ‘Picasso of Pastry’ by Jeffrey Steingarten in Vogue, Pierre Hermé is to the macaron what Louis Vuitton is to the handbag. Named the World’s Best Pastry Chef […]

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The Very Best Provence Wine Tour

The Very Best Provence Wine Tour

Written by on September 22, 2017 in Provence-Alpes, Tours in France, Wine and Drinks

Join a totally unique and utterly wonderful wine tour in Provence that’s like no other! It includes vineyard visits, wine tasting, delicious dishes and, the piece de resistance, a fabulous grape stomp – guaranteed to channel your inner “I Love Lucy”! Provence Wine Tour This is a wine tour in Provence that’s like no other. It […]

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Culture and Language

How to pronounce r in French it’s easy when you know how!

How to pronounce r in French it’s easy when you know how!

Written by on September 21, 2017 in Words And Phrases

In French, even a simple word sounds so classy and chic that many non French speakers fall in love with the language. It also has some beautiful ways of getting a message across. For example, in French we do not say “I miss you” instead we say “Tu me manques” which means “you are missing […]

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Head to Morzine France to learn French and ski!

Head to Morzine France to learn French and ski!

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Learn French, Rhône Alpes, Ski

A week in Morzine – it’s not all about the snow The Portes du Soleil area is one of the largest ski areas in the world. It includes 13 resorts (both Swiss and French) and roughly 650 km of marked ski and snowboard runs. There are 14 valleys and nearly all of the runs are […]

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Review of VAGABONDS in France by Michael A Barry

Review of VAGABONDS in France by Michael A Barry

Written by on September 3, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews

So, what would YOU do if you lost your house? Panic, desperately search for another one and then take anything you can get? Well, when this happened to Americans Michael and Lisa, they decided to take the glass half full approach. When their rental home was no longer available, they put their furniture into storage […]

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Regions of France

A bike tour of Paris provides a new view of the city

A bike tour of Paris provides a new view of the city

Written by on October 17, 2017 in Paris

Finding myself with a few hours to spare in Paris in the middle of August on a sunny day I decided to join a bike tour. I had considered the implications of confronting mad Parisian motorists from the saddle of a bicycle. My faith was never tested though, their manners were perfect and I was […]

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The Promenade Plantée Paris – the most unusual park in the city

The Promenade Plantée Paris – the most unusual park in the city

Written by on October 16, 2017 in Paris, Quirky, Romantic

The other day I was waiting at Gare de Lyon in Paris to take a train to Burgundy (I know I have the best job, right?!)… I had quite a bit of time to spare so, lugging my suitcase and camera bag I wandered outside the station. I decided to go no further than 10 […]

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The hotel Les Prés d’Eugénie Landes France

The hotel Les Prés d’Eugénie Landes France

Written by on October 2, 2017 in Aquitaine

A visit to the delightful little town of Eugénie-les-Bains, reveals a wealth of natural beauty and a rather special spa resort. The stunning Hotel Les Prés d’Eugénie is a place to lure you to never want to leave… The hotel Les Prés d’Eugénie The Prés d’Eugénie named after a visit by the Empress Eugénie in […]

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Live in france

QROPS for expats in France

QROPS for expats in France

Written by on September 27, 2017 in Financial, Pensions, Retirement, Tax

Would you like to make more of your Pension Fund? If, like many expats in France, your personal pension fund is one of your largest assets then you’re sure to want to give it the potential to generate the best retirement income possible. We talk to Jennie Poate at Beacon Global Wealth about the QROPS […]

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Exchange Rates and Their Impact

Exchange Rates and Their Impact

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Currency Information, Financial

Many of you reading this will be no stranger to the vagaries and volatility associated with the currency markets. It is a major consideration in any expatriates’ life unless they have severed all ties with the UK and have fully committed to a Francophile existence and at no time in recent history has it been […]

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The expat good life in Auvergne

The expat good life in Auvergne

Written by on September 12, 2017 in Expats in France, Living in France

Tim and Ingrid Bell moved from Lancaster, UK to Auvergne… They took over the Auberge de Chabanettes which  has a long and colourful history, a familiar landmark in this part of rural France for over 150 years. In bygone years, it served as a butchers shop, an abattoir and a petrol station, but never lost […]

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Property in France

French Bargain Property October 2017

French Bargain Property October 2017

Written by on October 6, 2017 in Property for sale

This month we’re heading to the village of Dunet in the department of Indre, region Centre. This lovely 5 bedroom house caught our attention, reduced from an already bargain price of €77,000, it’s now up for sale at just €36,000 – about what you’d pay for a mid-range family car! Local agents Debra and Les Bush […]

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Want to buy a vineyard in France? Here’s how to do it

Want to buy a vineyard in France? Here’s how to do it

Written by on September 25, 2017 in Buying a Home, Property in France

What a corking idea: how to produce your own wine in France Hobby vineyards can be for anyone – and if you find the right property and are smart about your set up, you can serve up your own local wine to family and friends with no additional costs Does spending warm summer nights in […]

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DIY in France: How to point a barn

DIY in France: How to point a barn

Written by on August 30, 2017 in Property in France, Renovating in France

So how did you learn to point a barn? My neighbours looked impressed and wide eyed as they spotted me up the local farmer’s ladder, balanced on a timber decking, tapping away at the crumbling stone jointing. But pointing a barn is not so very technical and needs no special courses or experience – just […]

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Recent Articles

Pensions and Finance advice for expats in Haute-Savoie

Do you have a UK pension and don’t know what to do with it? If you have tax queries relating to your investments or you want to talk to an expert on French business structures, pensions and taxation we can help you. Do you want to talk to a local mortgage broker and would like to […]

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Reasons to love France No. 7 by Carol Drinkwater

We talk to Carol Drinkwater, the award winning actress and author of several bestsellers including the much loved Olive Series, about her love of France… Where was your first visit to France? It is hard to remember now. I think it must have been when I was about ten and travelled with my parents to […]

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Vaux-le-Vicomte Goes To The Movies!

An extraordinary exhibition takes visitors behind the scenes to celebrate some of the many films made at luxurious Château Vaux-le-Vicomte. On the occasion of the launch of Season 2 of the series “Versailles” – as well as Dany Boon’s latest comedy “RAID Dingue” – Château Vaux-le-Vicomte has opened its doors, enabling visitors to explore behind […]

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