Holidays and Things to do

The absolutely best Loire Valley tours 

The absolutely best Loire Valley tours 

Written by on November 16, 2017 in Centre, Tours in France

The Loire Valley is peppered with chateaux of all shapes and sizes and if you love castles – there’s no better place to explore. The Loire Valley is also home to magnificent vineyards, glorious countryside, enchanting little villages, historic cities and fabulous markets. It’s known as the garden of France, the Valley of the Kings […]

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The best culture and gastronomy tour of Provence

The best culture and gastronomy tour of Provence

Written by on November 13, 2017 in Provence-Alpes, Tours in France

June is when the lavender begins to bloom in Provence, the sunflowers start to awaken and the last of the poppies are still nodding their heads in the warm summer breeze. It’s also the perfect time to take a gastronomic tour of Provence and experience the beautiful sights before the crowds of high summer arrive. […]

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The perfect French Christmas event in Montreuil-sur-Mer

The perfect French Christmas event in Montreuil-sur-Mer

Written by on November 11, 2017 in Christmas Markets, Nord-Pas de Calais

For a captivating Christmas event, Montreuil-sur-Mer is the place to be for a special inaugural weekend of celebration. Featuring a fabulous wine fair, sublime gourmet dinner, carol singers and an enchanting Christmas market – this event will certainly get you in a festive mood. It all takes place on 9 and 10 December 2017, and […]

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Gastronomy

The history of Reblochon cheese and how to eat it

The history of Reblochon cheese and how to eat it

Written by on November 20, 2017 in Gastronomy

Rebochon is one of the tastiest cheeses of France. It’s made in the mountains of the Haute Savoie from cows milk. The name Reblochon derives from the word ‘reblocher’ which literally translated means: ‘to pinch a cow’s udder again’. The origins of Reblochon cheese So just where did how did this scrumptious cheese get its […]

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Magnificent Michelin starred La Grenouillère restaurant, Montreuil-sur-Mer

Magnificent Michelin starred La Grenouillère restaurant, Montreuil-sur-Mer

Written by on November 8, 2017 in Celebrity Chefs, Nord-Pas de Calais

As you approach the little village of La Madeleine-sous-Montreuil from the historic hill top town of Montreuil-sur-Mer you can’t help but feel the stress and strife of life simply slip away as the landscape changes from cobbled medieval town to stunning bucolic countryside. A ravishing little hotel and an internationally famous restaurant In the heart […]

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Delicious Tartiflette Recipe with Reblochon Cheese

Delicious Tartiflette Recipe with Reblochon Cheese

Written by on October 20, 2017 in Main Courses

Tartiflette is a baked gratin of potatoes, onions (or shallots), lardons (bacon), wine, cream and cheese, a staple of all ski lodge or chalet suppers. The dish originates from the Savoy (Savoie) region of France, famous for its skiing resorts, hosting the Winter Olympics, cheese and charcuterie. The region was annexed by France as late […]

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Culture and Language

Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands

Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands

Written by on November 2, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Patricia Sands, the author of the Love in Provence series returns to the South of France with a poignant portrait of a woman who must learn how to create a new life for herself… Sixty-two-year-old Arianna arrives in the South of France for a two-week artists’ workshop full of anticipation but burdened by guilt. Back […]

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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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Regions of France

Step back in time in the town of Blaye Aquitaine France

Step back in time in the town of Blaye Aquitaine France

Written by on November 20, 2017 in Aquitaine

the historic town of Blaye is in the Gironde Department, Aquitaine. The region straddles a prominent position in southwest France. It stretches long and lean against the French Atlantic coastline, reaching up to the Pyrénées mountain range and transcending to the Spanish border.  It is here, in Blaye, that intrepid travelers can scamper to the […]

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Hotel Belles Rives Antibes southern France

Hotel Belles Rives Antibes southern France

Written by on November 20, 2017 in Provence-Alpes

The frivolous lyrics from Cole Porter’s Let’s Misbehave might very well have epitomized the mood on the Côte d’Azur when the song was published in 1927. “There’s something wild about you child, That’s so contagious. Let’s be outrageous, Let’s misbehave!!!” Not only was he penning the song, but quite possibly Porter was working through it while he hung […]

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Fun things to do for the family in La Rochelle France

Fun things to do for the family in La Rochelle France

Written by on November 18, 2017 in Poitou-Charentes

Anyone who’s ever been to La Rochelle knows that it’s the essence of charm and style. A pretty harbour surrounded by cafés and stalls. Historic twin towers stand watch and usher in the Atlantic,  ancient covered arcades and narrow streets that lead to the market. An effortless southern style in a western corner of France. […]

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Live in france

Investment Income Capital Gains Tax Changes in France January 2018

Investment Income Capital Gains Tax Changes in France January 2018

Written by on November 14, 2017 in Financial, Pensions, Tax

The draft French budget for 2018 was presented to the French Parliament in September 2017. The budget is assessed by parliament before being approved at the end of the year, so further changes are possible. The main measure affecting expatriates in France concerning Capital Gains Tax on Investment income is summarised below. Tax on Investment […]

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Proposed French Wealth Tax changes 1 January 2018

Proposed French Wealth Tax changes 1 January 2018

Written by on November 10, 2017 in Financial, Pensions, Tax

The draft French budget for 2018 was presented to the French Parliament in September 2017. The budget will work its way through parliamentary assessment before being approved at the end of the year, so changes to the proposal are possible. Wealth Tax in France will be replaced by Real Estate Tax We take a look […]

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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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Property in France

How to find the perfect holiday apartment in Paris

How to find the perfect holiday apartment in Paris

Written by on November 14, 2017 in Paris, Renting a House in France

When you visit Paris, where you stay is an important part of the journey. Staying in an apartment really enhances the whole Paris experience enabling you to live more like a local than a visitor. Why rent an apartment in Paris? Whether you’re solo, a couple, friends or a family, renting an apartment can give […]

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My Dream Property | Escape to the Chateau in Dordogne

My Dream Property | Escape to the Chateau in Dordogne

Written by on November 10, 2017 in Property for sale

Channel your own escape to the chateau moment with a look at this gorgeous chateau. And no, it won’t break the bank, I wouldn’t do that to you… It’s the dream isn’t it, a French chateau in beautiful countryside, well it is for me at least. I can’t help looking on-line at castles with pointy […]

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Guide to buying French property

Guide to buying French property

Written by on October 16, 2017 in Buying a Home, Property in France

When it comes to finding your dream home in France, our guide to buying French property will really help you. Begin by drawing up the list of things you need to factor into your buying decision. Basic points, such as the number of bedrooms, are obvious. But have you thought about accessibility? If you make […]

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Recent Articles

It’s beginning to feel a bit like Christmas Newsletter from France

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. Here in my little French corner there is a debate going on. Someone in a village close by has put their Christmas lights on already which has really got everyone talking. Normally you wouldn’t even know it was Christmas here in the middle of nowhere until about three […]

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Falling in love with the Dordogne in France

Marty and Eileen Neumeier from California reveal how they fell in love with a house and life in the Dordogne even though they lived thousands of miles away. They and their daughter Sara say it’s worth every minutes of the effort to get there each year and they’ve even written a book about it! If […]

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Spending a day in Paris: boats, books and baking

The anticipation of warm, thick, hot chocolate in little expresso sized cups was alluring. Indulgent pastries and a huge array of chocolate and candy to choose, persuaded me to rise from my slumberous bed and cross the river Seine to the South Bank with my friend. I wanted a spirit of Paris without all the […]

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