Holidays and Things to do

Top Museums in Strasbourg

Top Museums in Strasbourg

Written by on October 9, 2019 in Alsace, Museums and Châteaux

Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace, has a dozen museums. Many of them are in historic buildings like the Museum of History which is in a 16th century former slaughterhouse and a voodoo museum (yes you did read that right), in a water tower! There’s a varied range of exhibitions from antiquity to contemporary – something […]

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Where to spend Christmas in France

Where to spend Christmas in France

Written by on September 27, 2019 in Holidays & Things to do

Swap the last minute shopping frenzy, the crowds, traffic and stress – and plan a relaxing break with family and friends in France. Whether it’s a chance to ski in the snow covered alps, a bit of winter sunshine in the south or the fabulous Christmas markets of the north – there’s something to please […]

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The most magical Christmas in Alsace tour

The most magical Christmas in Alsace tour

Written by on September 22, 2019 in Tours in France

The Alsace region bursts into festive spirit and shows its wonderful magical side at the beginning of December. That’s when the Christmas markets open in stunning Strasbourg, captivating Colmar as well as in the fairy tale villages that dot the vineyards of this beautiful part of France. The Alsace is also famous for its delicious […]

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Gastronomy

Boutique wines from France – available in the USA

Boutique wines from France – available in the USA

Written by on September 25, 2019 in Wine and Drinks

SomMailier.com is a wine club which brings you boutique wines from France that you won’t find in supermarkets – authentic, delicious and unique. Wine has been called “artwork you can drink” and when it comes to the French wines chosen by Laurent Yung of SomMailier.com you’ll discover exactly what that means. Using his knowledge and […]

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French onion and tomato chutney

French onion and tomato chutney

Written by on September 24, 2019 in Gastronomy

You can use this deliciously tangy French recipe for onion and tomato chutney in a ratatouille tart (see recipe here) and in many other ways. It’s lovely spread on toasted baguette, perfect as a pizza topping, goes great with chicken or meat and is utterly scrumptious with goats cheese and basil. Ingredients (makes about 2 […]

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French Ratatouille Tart

French Ratatouille Tart

Written by on September 24, 2019 in Main Courses

Fall, when the markets are overflowing with produce, is probably every cooks favourite season. This recipe, a variation of the traditional ratatouille is a delicious dish any time but especially so in autumn. It takes time and attention – but the luscious results are worth the effort. The recipe includes French onion and tomato jam […]

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Culture and Language

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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Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table by Carole Bumpus

Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table by Carole Bumpus

Written by on August 6, 2019 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Part culinary memoir and part travelogue, Carole Bumpus gathered this compilation of intimate interviews, conversations, stories, and traditional family recipes in the kitchens of French families as she travelled throughout France. Reading Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table you’ll join her as she explores Champagne caves/wineries and historic cathedrals, local farmers’ markets, […]

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Regions of France

How to explore the Gorges of Ardeche

How to explore the Gorges of Ardeche

Written by on October 4, 2019 in Rhône Alpes, Uncategorized

The gorges of Ardeche in the far corner of the Rhône-Alpes region, south of France is one of the most popular places to go for the French. But visitors to France are hardly aware of its existence. Roads tend to be of the winding type and you really do need a car to see it […]

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Ardeche | Gorges, gorgeous villages and winding roads

Ardeche | Gorges, gorgeous villages and winding roads

Written by on October 3, 2019 in Rhône Alpes

The Ardèche with its winding roads and inspiring views is a surprisingly quiet corner of southern France. It’s at the very south of the Rhône-Alpes region, flirting with both northern Provence and the Languedoc. There’s a hint of the Garrigue (aromatic undergrowth) in the rugged landscape. And, you’re just a hair’s breadth from the lavender […]

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The Pont d’Arc and the Pont d’Arc Cavern, Ardeche

The Pont d’Arc and the Pont d’Arc Cavern, Ardeche

Written by on October 2, 2019 in Rhône Alpes

The Pont d’Arc is a 60m high and 34m wide. It’s a natural bridge carved out of the rock face of the gorge over the Ardèche River in Ardeche, Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes (formerly Rhone-Alpes). It’s a geological wonder and thousands of years of water and wind have eroded the stone into shaping this natural entrance to the […]

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Live in france

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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How bank cards work in France

How bank cards work in France

Written by on August 27, 2019 in Banks and Banking

Did you know that French banks may restrict the amount of money you can spend on your card. It’s something that regularly catches people out when they’re new to France. We asked the experts at Credit Agricole Britline, the French bank that speaks English, how to avoid this problem and all about French cards… How […]

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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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Recent Articles

Bon weekend from a woodshed in France…

Bonjour, Hope you had a great week. Here it stopped raining for a few hours, long enough for us to get out the garden and stack the firewood – ten wet tons of it, from a sustainable forest nearby. The Wood Man, Monsieur L, likes to try to speak English to me and I like […]

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Bon weekend from an ‘ouse in France…

Bonjour, Hope you had a great week. Here, I am still thinking of building an ark as the rain in the north of France has been nothing short of biblical. At least the reservoirs, emptied by a long hot summer are now topped up, and my ducks have enjoyed it. Meanwhile impromptu English lessons continue […]

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Great hotels in Paris

Great hotels in Paris

Written by on October 1, 2019 in Paris

With more than 2000 hotels to choose from in Paris, it’s not easy so we’ve done the hard work for you. Tried and tested, enjoy our pick of the best hotels in the city of light… Fabulous and chic in the Marais The 5 Star MGallery Hotel Paris Bastille Boutet (above) is close to the […]

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