Holidays and Things to do

Campervan road trip in Provence

Campervan road trip in Provence

Written by on November 14, 2019 in Camping and Caravanning

Rachel Ifans and schoolfriend Lucy Shrimpton decided to throw their kids in a pair of twin campervans and go in search of Autumn sun in the Vaucluse. Here’s Rachel’s report of their road trip… We flew from London Gatwick to Marseille with Easyjet. On arrival we picked up our hire vans there, using a company […]

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Best places to see the Christmas lights in Paris

Best places to see the Christmas lights in Paris

Written by on November 8, 2019 in Christmas Markets

Christmas is when Paris really does live up to its name as the City of Light. Wandering along charming squares and frosty cobbled streets where the breath-taking ancient architecture of this historic city provides the perfect backdrop for the twinkling Christmas lights in December is magical. The city can be very cold in winter so […]

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Christmas markets in the Pays de la Loire

Christmas markets in the Pays de la Loire

Written by on November 7, 2019 in Christmas Markets

Take in the magic of Christmas as you explore these markets, whether located in city centres or in smaller villages. Found in each department of the Pays de la Loire region, they showcase a dreamlike setting and invite visitors to stock up on original gifts. Christmas market Angers (Anjou) In historic Angers, the Place du […]

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Gastronomy

How to cook snails in garlic butter

How to cook snails in garlic butter

Written by on November 15, 2019 in Starters

Snails in garlic butter are the ultimate French appetiser and they’re actually quite easy to prepare at home. You can cook and serve them in shells but I like them cooked in a special snail gratin dish. If you don’t have one, use an oven proof dish to suit. Snails are a much loved dish […]

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How to make chocolate fondant cake

How to make chocolate fondant cake

Written by on November 5, 2019 in Desserts

This gooey-centred chocolate pudding is irresistible! It’s not known exactly who invented it or when though french chef Michel Bras claims to be the creator. But, whoever it was, we should all be thankful for this mellow, melt-in-your mouth classic. Here’s how to make chocolate fondant cake at home… Ingredients for 4 2 oz bittersweet […]

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Wines of the Rhône Valley

Wines of the Rhône Valley

Written by on October 31, 2019 in Wine and Drinks

If someone asked, “What are the wines of Popes and Presidents?” what would you say? You might guess Bordeaux or Burgundy or maybe even Champagne. But the right answer is the wines of the Rhône Valley. The mighty Rhône River bursts forth from Lake Geneva in Switzerland and flows 500 miles south to the Mediterranean […]

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Culture and Language

Best online shop for French & Provence tablecloths

Best online shop for French & Provence tablecloths

Written by on October 14, 2019 in French Style

The south of France is defined by its colour. Azure blue skies, the deep purple of lavender fields, olive orchards, bright yellow sunflowers and lemons. Ruby red poppy fields, the turquoise Mediterranean and wine dark grapes in the vineyards. Everywhere you go, the colours of Provence and southern France are captured in a keepsake – […]

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France at a glance | The regions of France

France at a glance | The regions of France

Written by on September 5, 2019 in Culture & Language

France is the most visited country in the world with a whopping 90 million people coming to discover its charms in 2018. It’s no wonder l’Hexagone as France is nicknamed by the French (due to its shape) is so popular: with a diverse landscape which includes mountains, glorious countryside, beautiful beaches, vineyards, historic cities and […]

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5 Best Ways to Learn French Online

5 Best Ways to Learn French Online

Written by on August 9, 2019 in Courses, French Language, Learn French

Learning French can be difficult for many people. In fact, the internet has plenty of ways to learn French online. We’ve done the research and created a list of the 5 best ways to learn French on the internet. While some of these learning styles are obvious, some of the ways you can learn French […]

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Regions of France

What to see and do in Dijon, Burgundy

What to see and do in Dijon, Burgundy

Written by on October 28, 2019 in Burgundy

If you love cities filled with beautiful, historic buildings. If you love fantastic food and wonderful wines. And if you love museums, galleries, sitting at terraced cafés watching the world go by as you sip a delicious local wine, impossibly fabulous street markets, great wine bars and a vibrant friendly vibe – then add Dijon […]

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South of France and Lavender tour of Provence

South of France and Lavender tour of Provence

Written by on October 13, 2019 in Provence-Alpes, Tours in France

A nine-day tour of the south of France in July taking in the lavender fields of Provence which are at their blooming best… Medieval villages, magnificent castles, cafés with tables and chairs spilling out onto cobbled streets and little squares. Narrow streets lined with pastel coloured houses, shops and galleries. Gastronomic good, wonderful wines and […]

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The best things to do in Strasbourg, Alsace

The best things to do in Strasbourg, Alsace

Written by on October 10, 2019 in Alsace

Strasbourg in the north east of France in Alsace (now known as Grand Est), is a city of medieval houses, glorious architecture, fabulous restaurants, cultural venues, wine and art, watery arteries and stunning buildings – there’s something for everyone to fall in love with here… The best way to visit Strasbourg is on foot. You’ll […]

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Live in france

What’s it like to live in Montpellier, southern France?

What’s it like to live in Montpellier, southern France?

Written by on November 2, 2019 in Living in France

Journalist Jenny Eagle left London for a new life in Montpellier, Occitanie (formerly Languedoc Roussillon). She fell head over heels for the stunning architecture, the vibrant buzz of the city and beautiful beaches. We talk to Jenny about what it’s like to live in Montpellier… What did you do before you moved to France? I […]

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British expat opens chic cafe in rural France

British expat opens chic cafe in rural France

Written by on October 8, 2019 in Expats in France, Living in France

Katharine Tasker from London upped sticks in the city and moved to the sticks in rural northern France. With her she brought a sprinkling of urban style to her new build home and thriving new business, a café and shop… Pas de Calais is a region of meadows and forests, the countryside is criss crossed […]

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Escape to the French Chateau de la Baismagnée

Escape to the French Chateau de la Baismagnée

Written by on August 29, 2019 in Living in France

When Brits Angel Adoree and husband Dick Strawbridge swapped their 2-bedroom flat in Southend, Essex, and bought the fairy-tale-like Chateau-de-la-Motte Husson in Mayenne, Pays de la Loire for £280,000, their adventures were filmed for a British TV Show. Escape to the Chateau was a massive hit. Viewers were captivated as they watched the couple fall […]

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Property in France

Expert Property Guide to Maine-et-Loire

Expert Property Guide to Maine-et-Loire

Written by on October 1, 2019 in Property in France

The department of Maine-et-Loire is in the Pays-de-la-Loire region, also known as Anjou, its historic name. Located at the crossroads of Brittany, Centre, Aquitaine and Normandy in western France it’s a land of castles and vineyards, historic towns and pretty hamlets. We talk to local estate agent Darren Briers about why Maine-et-Loire is a great […]

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Comedian’s guide to starting a B&B business in France!

Comedian’s guide to starting a B&B business in France!

Written by on September 18, 2019 in Expats in France, Gîtes in France

British stand-up comedian, mod, expat, goat whisperer (maybe) – and now Chambre d’hote host – Ian Moore’s unique insights into life in the Loire Valley will make you laugh out loud… Hosts, Goats and Chambres d’Hôtes There’s a point in my first or second book, probably both, where my wife, Natalie, and I sit down […]

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What you need to know about buying a Monument Historique in France

What you need to know about buying a Monument Historique in France

Written by on September 11, 2019 in Buying a Home, Property in France

France is renowned the world over for its outstanding collection of historic buildings. Châteaux in particular are strategically scattered the length and breadth of the country. And, many are for sale as private homes and hotels. What does Monument Historique mean? Simple barns, Cistercian abbeys, ancient fortresses and fairy tale châteaux all have one thing […]

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Bon weekend from foggy France

Bonjour, Hope you had a great week. Here in my little office, which was once a pigsty, I’m trying to finish writing my next book which is scheduled to be published in spring or summer of 2020. So, for a couple of months, the newsletter will be every other week as I focus on the […]

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Lille Christmas market northern France

If you take your Christmas shopping seriously, you’ll find it hard to find a more inspiring city in Europe than Lille. Not only are there almost 4000 shops in this historic city in northern France but there is also the super festive Lille Christmas market and cultural attractions galore… Festive fun at Lille Christmas market […]

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Boulogne-sur-Mer Christmas market, northern France

It’s amazing how many people visit Boulogne-sur-Mer on the Opal Coast in northern France and never even know that there’s a truly special old town. Vielle Boulogne, enclosed by ancient ramparts is even more magical at Christmas. Enter the old town through the immense stone gates cut into the high walls and discover a real […]

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