Holidays and Things to do

Dunkirk the film and the town

Dunkirk the film and the town

It’s one of the blockbuster films of 2017 – Dunkirk (Dunkerque in French), Christopher Nolan’s film about Operation Dynamo, the historic event which saw the rescue of allied forces from the beaches on Dunkirk during World War II. The film Dunkirk Filmed largely on location on the beaches of Dunkirk with a clutch of stars […]

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Artists and music at the Marciac Jazz Festival

Artists and music at the Marciac Jazz Festival

Written by on July 13, 2017 in Music Events

Marciac is a Gascon bastide village that dates to the end of the 13th Century, set among the sunflowers and cornfields of the Gers. Despite its petite size it has a global reputation thanks to the famous jazz festival that takes place each year pulling in almost quarter of a million visitors. To a town […]

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Marvellous Marciac and its fabulous Jazz Festival

Marvellous Marciac and its fabulous Jazz Festival

Written by on July 13, 2017 in French Music, Midi-Pyrénées, Music Events

  Tucked away in the small valleys of the Gers in south west France is the classic bastide town of Marciac. It’s not huge, it has a population of around 1300, a central village square with the town hall as its main feature and the four sides of the square are lined with shops and […]

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Gastronomy

Where Cointreau is made | Angers France

Where Cointreau is made | Angers France

Written by on July 11, 2017 in Pays de la Loire, Wine and Drinks

I call myself a Cointreau fan. I’ve enjoyed many a “blue moon”  (Cointreau with lemonade and a dash of lime) in my time, so when I went to Angers, in the heart of the Loire Valley, and discovered Cointreau are based there,  I wasn’t going to miss an opportunity to go and see how it’s […]

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Reasons to love France No. 4 Champagne

Reasons to love France No. 4 Champagne

It’s a pretty good reason to love France I think, or rather two – Champagne the region and Champagne the drink. Both are fabulous. Champagne the region So let’s take the region. A place of vineyards and chateaux, lakes and forests, gentle hills, ancient villages and smart towns and cities like Reims and Epernay.  It’s […]

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Reims Champagne – what to see and do in the bubbly city

Reims Champagne – what to see and do in the bubbly city

Written by on June 21, 2017 in Champagne-Ardenne, Wine and Drinks

Reims, the capital of Champagne, is the sort of city where you can indulge yourself, it’s small enough to walk everywhere, big enough to offer something to suit just about everyone. And, of course, its a place where the bubbles pop! Stellar Cellars in Reims You can’t go to Reims and not visit a Champagne […]

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Culture and Language

French Tongue Twisters and longest words

French Tongue Twisters and longest words

Written by on July 17, 2017 in Learn French

Longest French words Intergouvernementalisations (the plural of (intergouvernementalisation) or anticonstitutionnellement. At 27, 26 and 25 letters long, these are the longest words in the French language! Their meanings are pretty obvious to English speakers as well as French, as a surprisingly large number of English words and expressions are the same or very similar – […]

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My Good Life France book is in Australia!

My Good Life France book is in Australia!

Written by on July 4, 2017 in Blog, Book Reviews And Interviews

I’m in Australia – figuratively speaking that is! Not actually me, but my book “My Good Life in France” is now available as a paperback in Australia… You can get it at Booktopia on paper and Amazon.com.au on Kindle (links below). I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see my book come out […]

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The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater

The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater

Written by on June 23, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews

We talk to actress and author Carol Drinkwater about her book THE LOST GIRL (June 2017)… I am frequently asked where the inspiration for one of my books came from. The answer is that it is very difficult to pin down that unattainable breath of something, that whispered thought that grabs you and begins to […]

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Regions of France

Authentic delicious and great value places to eat in Nice France

Authentic delicious and great value places to eat in Nice France

Written by on July 20, 2017 in Provence-Alpes

Discover delicious Nice and the best places to eat in the city that won’t break the bank. These are the places the locals go to, authentic, delicious and downright luscious. You really don’t have to break the bank to eat like a millionaire here. Nice is the second most popular city for visitors for France […]

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Wimereux Opal Coast Hauts de France

Wimereux Opal Coast Hauts de France

Written by on July 13, 2017 in Nord-Pas de Calais

The small town of Wimereux is one of those genteel, off the beaten-track seaside resorts that people can’t help falling in love with. You’ll find it nestling on the Opal Coast in the department of Pas de Calais, Hauts de France. It’s a bit of a well-kept secret – or at least it was until […]

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3 things to do for the family on a rainy day in Pas De Calais

3 things to do for the family on a rainy day in Pas De Calais

Written by on July 11, 2017 in Nord-Pas de Calais

There’s plenty to do for the whole family in Pas de Calais, Hauts de France. There are cycling, routes, theme parks, adventure parks, fabulous beaches, walking trails and heaps more. We take a look at three things to do on a rainy day… 1. NAUSICAA The National Sea Centre of France is one of the […]

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Live in france

The expat good life in Pau Pyrénées-Atlantiques

The expat good life in Pau Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Jane Damian from Dublin, Ireland lives near the beautiful city of Pau, the capital of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in the south of France. It’s an area that so far has been relatively unknown to British and overseas buyers but it has so much to offer, we think it’s a hot spot in waiting. Living the […]

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The expat good life in Charente-Maritime France

The expat good life in Charente-Maritime France

We talk to David Rodgers a former project manager from London who now lives in Charente-Maritime. Fed up with the “constant daily stress of work and commuting we finally decided to make the move to France for a more relaxing and a gentler pace of life”. David’s wife Jacquie is from South Africa and the […]

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The expat good life in the Gers, south west France

The expat good life in the Gers, south west France

Written by on July 2, 2017 in Expats in France, Living in France

Julia Grange from the UK  lives in a small village near Nogaro, Armagnac country, in the Gers. She talks to The Good Life France about life for expats in this lovely region of south west France… What inspired you to move to the Gers area? We initially looked at buying in Brittany, but after a […]

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Property in France

The Good Life in Landes, Pays Basques France

The Good Life in Landes, Pays Basques France

Written by on July 19, 2017 in Buying a Home, Property in France

We talk to Mathilde de Saint Martin who lives in Landes in south west France. Landes is one of those places that the French love and foreigners rarely hear of. With 100km of sandy beaches and numerous resorts on the Atlantic Coast; inland there are forests and valleys with picturesque villages and Roman ruins. It’s […]

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Guide to house types in the Pays Basque France

Guide to house types in the Pays Basque France

Written by on July 19, 2017 in Buying a Home, Property in France

We asked local estate agent Mathilde de Saint Martin about the type of housing you can buy in the Pays Basque area and Landes: Traditional basque-style building A “baserri” is a traditional half-timbered or stone-built type of  farmhouse found in the Basque Country in Northern Spain and Southwestern France. The baserris, with their gently sloping roofs and entrance portals, are highly characteristic of the region […]

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Living the good life | Expats in Lyon

Living the good life | Expats in Lyon

Jon Chinn from Birkenhead in England fell in love with the French way of life when he studied French in Amiens, Picardy, north of Paris whilst at University. We talk to Jon about what life is like for expats in Lyon and why it’s a great place to live… What inspired you to move to […]

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Recent Articles

Renovating a house in France can be a never ending job

More than a decade after buying this old farmhouse to renovate in France, I was starting to think that at long last it may one day be finished. We (that is Mark my husband and me), were sort of feeling as if we were on the home run with just one last shed to renovate […]

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Chicken Tales | Summer lovin’ in the chicken pen

Summer in the Seven Valleys, Pas de Calais where I live in France is wonderful. We have plenty of blue sky days, the air is warm and heavy with the scent of lush blossom and fresh cut grass, bees buzz and lazily flit from flower to flower. Occasionally we spot a lizard sunning itself or […]

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My Personal Shopper in Paris

My Personal Shopper in Paris

Written by on July 12, 2017 in Guest Blogs

“Approaching the age of 60, I decided to update my style for a new, more mature me” said Martha McCormick from the US. She decided a shopping experience in Paris was what was needed and tells us about her experience. Older French women are my ideal. If only I could look as elegant and alluring […]

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