Holidays and Things to do

Discover the Chateau de Chenonceau in pictures

Discover the Chateau de Chenonceau in pictures

Written by on January 8, 2019 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux

When I was a little girl, I had an idea of what a fairy tale castle would like. It would have towers and turrets and pointy bits. My dream chateau would have grand doors and huge rooms for dancing and partying. It would be filled with flowers. And it would have the most beautiful gardens […]

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Chateau des Milandes, Dordogne

Chateau des Milandes, Dordogne

Written by on January 8, 2019 in Aquitaine, Museums and Châteaux

A short ride from Sarlat, in the gorgeous countryside of Dordogne, you’ll find the Chateau and gardens of Milandes. It’s the former home of Josephine Baker, legendary entertainer of the early 20th century… History of Chateau des Milandes There was a fort on the site for hundreds of years in the village of Les Milandes. […]

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The best tours of France in 2019

The best tours of France in 2019

Written by on January 7, 2019 in Tours in France

Travel like a local! We’ve picked 14 fabulous tours in France where the experience is built around the things YOU want to see and do. Small Group tours in France Each and every private tour is different and they are all typically for less than ten people. Enjoy the trip of a lifetime… Tour at […]

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Gastronomy

How to do coffee, the Parisian way

How to do coffee, the Parisian way

Written by on January 9, 2019 in Gastronomy

At some point in history, it just became a fact that everything is more stylish in Paris. Of course, lot of other cities have their own version of “cool”, but there seems to a be a special way in which the Parisians do things that make everything seem so effortless and so… chic. Coffee is […]

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Cheese and Wine – the flavours of France

Cheese and Wine – the flavours of France

Written by on January 6, 2019 in Gastronomy, Wine and Drinks

Nothing characterises French cuisine like cheese and wine!  Both have been made for centuries in France, it is said that Cantal cheese from the Cantal region in the Auvergne has been enjoyed for at least two millennia and it’s mentioned by Roman historian Pliny the Elder in a document dating back to 1 BC. There […]

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Profiteroles or Cream Puffs – an historic French pastry | And how to make them

Profiteroles or Cream Puffs – an historic French pastry | And how to make them

Written by on January 2, 2019 in Desserts

Profiteroles, the airy light pastries we all love (called cream puffs in the US) have been around for at least 500 years! The history of profiteroles No one can know the real origin of profiteroles but it seems they’ve been around for at least 500 years. The French writer Francois Rabelais (1494-1553) mentions profiteroles in […]

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Culture and Language

A most incredible art event for 2019 | Lille3000 is weird, whacky and wonderful

A most incredible art event for 2019 | Lille3000 is weird, whacky and wonderful

Written by on January 11, 2019 in Art and Artists, Nord-Pas de Calais

In 2015 I went to the Lille for the opening parade of Lille3000. I had no idea what to expect. I’d heard from friends that it was a quirky and incredible art “event” but nothing prepared me for the reality. Held every few years, Lille3000 is a huge event with what seems like a strange […]

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Who was Jean Jaurès | History of France

Who was Jean Jaurès | History of France

Written by on December 18, 2018 in French Icons

Wherever you go in France you’re sure to come across a Place Jean Jaurès, a rue Jean Jaurès, Avenue Jean Jaurès, schools and even metro stations of that name in Paris and Lyon. Every French school child will learn about Jean Jaurès. He is one of the most well-known figures of French history, though he […]

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A Soap story from Marseille | Savon de Marseille

A Soap story from Marseille | Savon de Marseille

Written by on December 18, 2018 in French Icons, French Style

Genuine Marseille soap is made by artisans with the provenance, passion and long-standing tradition in their blood to lay claim to makers of genuine Marseilles soap. A bar that contains 72% olive oil – and once tried, you will always be loyal to its soapy concoction. History of Marseille Soap In 1688 Louis IV passed […]

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Regions of France

Bastide | Off the beaten track in Bordeaux

Bastide | Off the beaten track in Bordeaux

Written by on January 17, 2019 in Aquitaine

Most visitors to Bordeaux keep to the left bank where historic Bordeaux is located, but head to the right bank for a different vibe and more fun! Rive Droite Bordeaux | Right Bank Bastide, or “rive droite” was until recently a sleepy neighbourhood on the opposite side of the centre of Bordeaux, across the Garonne […]

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Five reasons to visit Normandy in 2019

Five reasons to visit Normandy in 2019

Written by on January 9, 2019 in Normandy

With so much going on in Normandy in 2019, it really is THE place to visit in France… 1)  75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy All eyes will be on Normandy this year, as Thursday 6 June marks the 75th anniversary of the D‑Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy. The D-Day […]

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Valence Provence the gateway to the south of France

Valence Provence the gateway to the south of France

Written by on January 3, 2019 in Rhône Alpes

Valence is in the department of Drome, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes (formerly Rhone-Alpes). Just an hour south of Lyon, Valence is a beautiful and surprising city. It’s known as the gateway to the south of France. From Paris, you can be there in a couple of hours on the TGV which steams its way through and on south […]

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Live in france

What You Should Do if You Get Sick in France

What You Should Do if You Get Sick in France

Written by on January 16, 2019 in Healthcare, Healthcare For Visitors

France is the world’s top destination for tourists as well as a major destination for foreign students, workers, and expatriates from all over the world. An unfortunate but significant number of these visitors may get sick at some point in their stay. As any long-term resident of France will tell you, the French have an […]

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The Experts guide to french mortgages

The Experts guide to french mortgages

Written by on January 2, 2019 in Mortgages

We asked the experts at CA Britline, who specialise in Banking and Insurance services in France, to explain French mortgages: Mortgages are available to residents in France, UK and Ireland. Buying a property in France whether to use for holidays, longer periods or to rent out whilst still residing in the UK is possible with […]

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Changes to French tax from January 2019

Changes to French tax from January 2019

Written by on January 2, 2019 in Tax

The experts explain the main changes to French tax for the year commencing January 2019 that may affect expats in France or those intending to move to France. The main changes to tax in France in 2019: PAYE in France The big change in France for 2019 will be the full introduction of PAYE (pay […]

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Property in France

5 Things I wish I’d known before I renovated in France

5 Things I wish I’d known before I renovated in France

Written by on January 14, 2019 in Renovating in France

I’ve been renovating my farm house in Pas de Calais on and off for 14 years. 99% of the work has been done between myself and my husband, the only exception being when we first bought the house and hired a builder to make some sagging and enormous wooden beams safe. It was a disaster, […]

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Guide to buying property on the Cote d’Azur

Guide to buying property on the Cote d’Azur

Written by on January 14, 2019 in Buying a Home, Property in France

The French Riviera, AKA Cote d’Azur, has been the summer playground of choice for the rich and famous for over a century now. It has the best climate in France and some of the most stunning coastal scenery. So, it’s not suprise that this area has attracted artists and writers such as F Scott Fitzgerald […]

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5 things to consider when you’re buying a property in France

5 things to consider when you’re buying a property in France

Written by on January 4, 2019 in Buying a Home, Property in France

When it comes to looking for your ideal home in France there are a few things that are key to getting it right. It’s astonishing how many of us buy a French home on a whim (me included). It’s something we generally wouldn’t dream of doing normally. Somehow, we see a picture online and we’re […]

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Recent Articles

The Four Queens of Provence

The Four Queens of Provence

Written by on January 14, 2019 in Guest Blogs

There have been many famous families in history. Take the Curies, for example: Marie Curie won two Nobel Prizes and her husband, daughter and grandson each won one. Quite the talented family! And then there are the Wright brothers and the Brontë sisters. And let’s not forget those comic masters, the Marx brothers. But imagine […]

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How not to be self sufficient in France when it comes to chickens

“They are NOT babies, they are chickens” remonstrated my French neighbour Jean-Claude. He had come to inspect the eight point of lay hens and two “babies” with which I had returned from the local street market. “I’m going to call that scrawny baby one Eaglet” I said “Non, non, non” came the emphatic response “You […]

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Bon weekend – the best newsletter from France!

Bonjour, Hope you had a great week. Strangely the weather has been okay here. I’ve been seeing photos of snow in some parts of Europe as winter arrives, but there’s nothing like that in my bit of northern France. I keep reading that colder weather is on its way, (the Beast from the East some […]

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