Holidays and Things to do

Writer’s retreat in Brittany

Writer’s retreat in Brittany

Written by on March 12, 2020 in Holidays & Things to do

Finding time to write. It can be a problem. We’ve all been there. We have big plans for a great story and then we have to go to work, we have to cook dinner, pick up the kids, clean the house, entertain guests, go on outings. And then after all of this extra work all […]

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How to spend 48 hours in Paris

How to spend 48 hours in Paris

Written by on March 12, 2020 in Paris, Tours in France

If you’ve only got 48 hours in Paris – you can still see and do a lot to give you a fabulous flavour of the City of Light and take in some of the world’s most beautiful monuments. Paris Travel Advice Don’t waste precious time standing for hours in queues – book your tours and […]

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3 of the Best Day Trips from Paris

3 of the Best Day Trips from Paris

Written by on March 12, 2020 in Tours in France

A visit to Paris is always a good idea and there’s heaps to see and do. You’ll never be bored that’s for sure. But, sometimes it’s great to get out of the city, to see what else there is, and experience a day trip from Paris to some of the most beautiful sites in France. […]

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Gastronomy

Most Expensive Potato in the World is French!

Most Expensive Potato in the World is French!

Written by on March 1, 2020 in Gastronomy

If someone asked you to name the most expensive foods in the world, you might come up with caviar and truffles and that sort of thing. But you probably wouldn’t think of potatoes. And yet there is a type of French potato that is so rare and delicious that it sometimes fetches a whopping $300 […]

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How to make Croissants

How to make Croissants

Written by on February 3, 2020 in Gastronomy

Golden, flaky, buttery croissants… There’s nothing quite like a fresh baked, straight out of the oven, still warm and steaming croissant to make your spirit soar. They’re not super easy to make. It takes time to get it right, and time to chill the ingredients. You might need a few goes before you get it […]

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French wine is the most romantic valentine’s gift

French wine is the most romantic valentine’s gift

Written by on February 3, 2020 in Wine and Drinks

What makes a great gift for your loved one for Valentine’s Day? It’s a question that never gets old. Do you choose a heart-shaped box of chocolates to woo your partner? Or, an exuberant bouquet of flowers? Or better yet – an elegant bottle of red wine or even Champagne? According to a study by […]

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Culture and Language

The best feel good films about France

The best feel good films about France

Written by on March 25, 2020 in Culture & Language

When I posted on The Good Life France Facebook page about five of my favourite French films  I asked my friends – what’s your favourite film set in France, about France or French? Little did I know that a whole host of fabulous recommendations would be shared. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of recommendations to […]

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French immersion holiday Dordogne

French immersion holiday Dordogne

Written by on December 23, 2019 in Aquitaine, Learn French, Tours in France

It’s hard to think of anywhere more enchanting than the Dordogne. Around every corner is something that takes your breath away – stunning landscapes, magical chateaux and historic villages. A discovery tour of this part of France is authentic, cultural and downright delicious – it’s famous for its wonderful gastronomy. Take a tour combined with […]

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Winter in the City of Light by Sue Harper

Winter in the City of Light by Sue Harper

Written by on December 13, 2019 in Book Reviews And Interviews

After years having a successful career in Canada, retirement ought to have been something the author, Sue Harper should have looked forward to. However, work-life has structure and purpose; what would life be like without it? Sue’s partner Bonnie, an artist who retired 6 month earlier, was happily enjoying the opportunities this stage in her […]

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Regions of France

5 minute Brittany travel guide

5 minute Brittany travel guide

Written by on March 22, 2020 in Brittany

Brittany has more than 1700 miles of coastline, which makes it a top seaside destination in France. But this region has much more to offer. Medieval cities and picture postcard villages and a hugely diverse landscape both along the coast and in the glorious countryside. There are captivating castles galore, Celtic traditions and more than […]

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Roman Provence

Roman Provence

Written by on March 20, 2020 in Provence-Alpes

Provence is famous for its charming hilltop villages, brilliant sunflowers, and fragrant lavender. It is also where you can find some of the best Roman ruins in all of Europe. This is because Provence was once an important part of the Roman Empire. The Romans even gave it its name: “Provence” comes from the original […]

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The very best guided tours of Aveyron

The very best guided tours of Aveyron

Written by on March 11, 2020 in Midi-Pyrénées, Tours in France

There are some places that are so special you have to pinch yourself to make sure they’re real and not a dream. Aveyron in southwest France is one of those places. It’s a land where you’ll step back in time and discover beauty on every corner. Pickled in the past, picture postcard pretty medieval villages, […]

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Live in france

Unusual Retirement Options

Unusual Retirement Options

Written by on March 25, 2020 in Retirement

So, you’ve reached retirement age. After a life time of getting up to the alarm clocks call, going to work every day, maybe caring for your family, and saving for this day – you might be wondering what options you have. And these days, you have plenty of choices including some that are not your […]

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Expat guide to the good life in Dordogne

Expat guide to the good life in Dordogne

Written by on March 2, 2020 in Living in France

The Dordogne area is one of the most popular with expats seeking a dream home in France. We talk to expat Brit, now local, Angela Martyn from London about what it is about Dordogne that’s so alluring… What inspired you to move to Dordogne I came on holiday to France with my architect husband and […]

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The Expat Good Life in Pyrénées-Atlantiques

The Expat Good Life in Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Written by on February 29, 2020 in Living in France

The Pyrénées-Atlantiques department is in the far southwest of France in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It borders Spain and includes the seaside superstar Biarritz, mountains and glorious countryside. Taking its name from the Pyrenees mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, the department is roughly half Pays Basque Country and half Béarn. We talk to Charlie Ellis, an […]

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Property in France

Expert property guide to Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Expert property guide to Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Written by on February 29, 2020 in Property in France

Pyrénées-Atlantiques is a department in the southwest corner of France. It takes its name from the Pyrénées mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The region is split between two distinct areas: Pays Basque Country and Béarn. We talk to local property agent Charlie Ellis to get an expert view of property in the region… What areas […]

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The Gite Life in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire

The Gite Life in Saumur, Maine-et-Loire

Written by on January 26, 2020 in Gîtes in France

We talk to British expat Tony Brown who lives in Vernantes, Maine-et-Loire in the Loire Valley where he owns a gite, writes and gardens… Can you tell us a little about you and where you are from? After a working life in the building industry in southern England, I decided that France was less cluttered […]

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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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Recent Articles

Wishing you well from France…

Bonjour I truly hope you and yours are well. What a difference a week makes. Since I last wrote to you, France has gone on full lockdown in a bid to halt the progress of the virus which is now impacting all of our lives on a global basis. The hope in France is that […]

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latest news newsletter from france…

Bonjour, and welcome to the March 14, 2020 newsletter from France. Now I would normally say I hope you had a good week, and of course I still hope that, but I know that many are worried about the COVID-19 situation, and many who have flights to and holidays booked in France are worried about […]

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Writers retreat in France

In September 2020, a very special writers retreat will take place in Bordeaux. With three great writing instructors on hand including Cara Black, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of 19 books, this one week course is designed to help and support writers of all genres and all levels. Whether you’re a writer […]

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