Holidays and Things to do

Reliability and careful selection combine with “the French touch” at Villas du Monde

Reliability and careful selection combine with “the French touch” at Villas du Monde

Written by on April 20, 2018 in Holidays & Things to do

Established in 1999 Villas du Monde started out on a mission to become the leading villa holiday agency in France from its office in Paris which was surrounded by numerous foreign embassies a short walk from the place de la Concorde. Given its strategic location and well-presented brochure it was not surprising that many well […]

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The Historic Chateau de Blois Loire Valley

The Historic Chateau de Blois Loire Valley

Written by on April 7, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux

The Chateau de Blois is one of the great castles of the Loire Valley. This beautiful castle is famous for its residents but also because it presents a unique view of the evolution of French chateaux architecture. Buildings dating from the 13th to 17th centuries are set before you. The stone markers of time from […]

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Take a tour of Provence in the fall for all things glorious

Take a tour of Provence in the fall for all things glorious

Written by on April 4, 2018 in Provence-Alpes, Tours in France

To enjoy Provence in the fall is one of life’s most beautiful pleasures. The shades of autumn colour the vineyards and tree lined squares and avenues. The rays of the sun seem more golden than at their bright summer peak, making everything they touch glow and shimmer like a magical paint brush has daubed the […]

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Gastronomy

3 luxury restaurants for an indulgent dinner in Paris

3 luxury restaurants for an indulgent dinner in Paris

Written by on April 23, 2018 in Celebrity Chefs, Paris

There are thousands of restaurants in Paris and choosing where to go for dinner when you’re only in the city for a short while can be a challenge. Long term American expat in Paris., writer and foodie Barbara Paquet-James reveals where Parisians go when they want to indulge in a luxurious dinner in the city… […]

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Tomates à la Provençale | Provencal Tomatoes recipe

Tomates à la Provençale | Provencal Tomatoes recipe

Written by on April 22, 2018 in Starters

The perfect side dish for a barbecue, these roasted tomatoes from Provence call for a glass of chilled rosé and some delicious grilled meat or fish. They also use herbs that are classic in southern France, and often called herbes de Provence in France. Prep time: 5 minutes • Cook time: 20 minutes • Serves 4 […]

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American craft beer finds favour in Paris

American craft beer finds favour in Paris

Written by on April 19, 2018 in Wine and Drinks

An elegant interior of marble fireplaces, ceiling high, gilt-edged mirrors, crystal chandeliers and ornate furniture formed an unlikely backdrop for a beer and food matching dinner with a twist.  This was no ordinary setting and no ordinary dinner!  The Brewers Association, a not-for-proft trade body representing small and independent American craft brewers, was the guest […]

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Culture and Language

Espace Dalí Museum Paris

Espace Dalí Museum Paris

Written by on April 19, 2018 in Art and Artists, Arty, Paris

Salvador Dalí loved Paris but few realize the Catalan artist resided for a time, at 7 rue Becquerel in Montmartre. Today close to his former home, there is a museum-gallery which contains hundreds of his works. Espace Dalí museum-gallery The Espace Dalí museum-gallery is located in the heart of the hilltop artists’ village in Montmartre. It contains the […]

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Robert Tatin museum Mayenne | Weird whacky and wonderful

Robert Tatin museum Mayenne | Weird whacky and wonderful

Written by on March 19, 2018 in Art and Artists, Pays de la Loire

Robert Tatin was an extraordinary French artist whose home in the lush department of Mayenne, Pays de la Loire in north west France, became a museum. You may never have heard of him but once you see his house and art, you’re unlikely to forget it. Robert Tatin Robert Tatin was born in 1902 in […]

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British artist in France creates pet souvenirs

British artist in France creates pet souvenirs

  Artist Susan Faye, a British expat in France, has always been passionate about animals, especially dogs.  As a child she says she would bring home any dog she found roaming the streets but wasn’t allowed to keep them until at the age of 16, when her parents agreed she could  bring home ‘Shonti’, a  […]

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Regions of France

The best ice cream shops in Paris

The best ice cream shops in Paris

Written by on April 23, 2018 in Paris

If you want to indulge with a delicious ice cream in the city of light, you won’t find any shortage of choice. There are pretty ice cream parlours, awesome artisans shops making unusual and delicious flavours and plenty of scope for a scoop of something to indulge your sweet tooth. Here are some of the […]

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What to see and do in Nerac Gascony The Gers

What to see and do in Nerac Gascony The Gers

Written by on April 22, 2018 in Midi-Pyrénées

The area of Gascony, The Gers, is bordered on the west by the Atlantic Ocean, the south by the Pyrénées mountains, the east by Toulouse and the north by the vineyards of Bordeaux. It’s a region that’s sprinkled with ancient Roman ruins and humble bastides and it remains as historically rich as it was in […]

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NAUSICAA Boulogne-sur-mer |  One of the largest aquariums in the world

NAUSICAA Boulogne-sur-mer | One of the largest aquariums in the world

Written by on April 12, 2018 in Nord-Pas de Calais

  Following a huge project to expand the site of NAUSICAA, the French National Sea Centre in Boulogne-sur-Mer (France), will from May 2018 be one of the largest aquariums in the world. A truly massive aquarium The new building is in the shape of a Manta Ray. It’s home to one of the largest aquariums […]

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Live in france

The Good Life for expats in the Loire Valley

The Good Life for expats in the Loire Valley

Written by on April 22, 2018 in Expats in France, Living in France

Charlotte Field from the UK talks about life as an expat in charming Chinon, Loire Valley where she has lived for eight years and works as a local agent for Leggett Immobillier, the award winning French Estate Agency… Where are you from and how did you come to be living in France? I was brought […]

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I’m an expat in France with a UK pension so where do I pay tax?

I’m an expat in France with a UK pension so where do I pay tax?

Written by on April 22, 2018 in Pensions, Tax

When it comes to paying tax, for UK expats in France, it can sometimes seem like a complicated process with rules for this and that. We answer some of the most common questions that UK expats ask when it comes to tax in France. Question: I moved to France last year. I have a teacher’s pension […]

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How to limit your inheritance liabilities in France by gifting

How to limit your inheritance liabilities in France by gifting

Written by on April 10, 2018 in Financial, Tax

When it comes to managing your finances in France, knowing what the rules are is essential.  From tax to pensions, savings and investments and more, we look at the most common questions asked by expats. The process of gifting in France Question: I want to make a gift of cash of £20,000 to my son […]

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Property in France

Three tantalising bargain properties in Provence

Three tantalising bargain properties in Provence

Written by on March 28, 2018 in Property for sale

I have a home in the north of France, known for its lush and gorgeous countryside. There’s a reason its so green though, it rains a fair bit. I don’t mind, I’m from the UK, we Brits are used to that sort of weather. Every now and again though, I hanker after a bit of […]

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Guide to buying French Property

Guide to buying French Property

Written by on February 26, 2018 in Buying a Home, Property in France

Holiday makers in France often love what they find – the relaxing lifestyle, sunshine and food. Before long, thoughts can turn to creating a long-term relationship with this beautiful country. Finding your home Begin by drawing up the list of things you need to factor into your buying decision. Basic points, such as the number […]

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3 bargain Properties in France that may tempt you!

3 bargain Properties in France that may tempt you!

Written by on February 8, 2018 in Property for sale, Property in France

I’m one of those people that loves to search online for property. I am looking for the bargain of the century! I have a little bit of money but not a lot. It’s not earning me any interest in the bank that’s for sure. So, if the right property comes up, I might just be […]

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Recent Articles

The ghosts that roam the streets of Paris

Have you ever seen a ghost in Paris? Many say they have… Paris has ghosts in abundance. We can search for them and find them, then shudder as we feel their closeness to us. The spirits of historical events litter the timeless landmarks of the great capital. Notre Dame Cathedral, the Opera, the parks and […]

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Woohoo and sunshine from France

Here in France the weather has been absolutely superb, blue skies with no clouds, warm sunshine, blossom everywhere, bees flitting and cuckoos calling. That can only mean one thing in my house – time to get the cement mixer out! It might be perfect weather for a picnic but chez nous, it’s also ideal for […]

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The story of the Matisse Chapel in Vence, south of France

Night Nurse Needed – Should be young and pretty. This was the ad Henri Matisse placed with the nursing school in Nice, France in 1942. He was seventy-two years-old and still working while recovering from a serious surgery. He required constant care and needed someone to fill in while his regular night nurse was away. […]

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