Holidays and Things to do

The Ultimate Antiquing Tour of France

The Ultimate Antiquing Tour of France

If you think that the treasures that can be found at a fabulous French flea market are an irresistible temptation – you’ll love the famous summer flea markets of Gascony… Every year crowds of devotees and onlookers gather to search for a bargain, a rare item, a decorating idea or a souvenir. In the unspoiled area […]

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A Day With Claude Monet In Giverny

A Day With Claude Monet In Giverny

“His intellect never flags, he is eager to see and express everything. For Monet, there are too many subjects – there is beauty in everything that exists. All of it should be painted. Life is too short to try and set limits on its variety of sights and infinity of sensations.” Gustave Geoffrey, 1922 A […]

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6 ‘Must See’ Places to Visit on the French Riviera

6 ‘Must See’ Places to Visit on the French Riviera

  If you’re planning to travel to the continent this summer, there are a few spots on the French Riviera featured in many holiday guides to France that you just have to see. This particular stretch of coastline is peppered with wonderful gems and in this article, we share 6 of the best ‘must see’ places. […]

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Gastronomy

Reasons to Love France No. 2 | French Cheese

Reasons to Love France No. 2 | French Cheese

Written by on May 12, 2017 in Gastronomy, My French Life

There’s something about the cheeses of France that seduces and entices all cheese lovers. It doesn’t matter that other countries produce delicious cheeses, more cheeses, different cheeses. French cheese has that certain je ne sais quoi. Why French cheese is so special Take Camembert for example, or Brie… or Reblochon, Munster, Maroilles, Comte, Roquefort – […]

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Learn to Cook in Normandy | Perfect French cooking experience

Learn to Cook in Normandy | Perfect French cooking experience

Chef Spencer Richards from the UK spent years taking holidays in Normandy with this family. He loved the culture and the history and especially the fabulous gastronomy of the northern French region. Eventually he couldn’t resist the lure of Normandy any more. He moved to St Hilaire Du Harcouet, Manche, and set up Normandy Cooking […]

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Authentic French recipe for Normandy pork casserole

Authentic French recipe for Normandy pork casserole

Written by on May 10, 2017 in Main Courses

This tasty dish is a Normandy speciality. Chef Spencer Richards of Normandy Cooking Days, a one day cooking experience in lovely St Hilaire chose this as one of his favourite of the many regional dishes to enjoy. Ingredients 50g (2oz) Isigny butter 2-4 Normandy Apples peeled and cored and roughly chopped 1kg (2lb 4oz) shoulder […]

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Culture and Language

Uncorked by Paul Shore

Uncorked by Paul Shore

Written by on May 29, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Sometimes little twists of fate can evolve into tornadoes, changing us both as a person as well as our perspective on life… In his early thirties, Canadian Paul Shore’s technological work took him on a short business trip to the south of France. The experience rekindled his love for this amazing country. So, when the opportunity […]

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Paris Chanson Radio station Great French Music

Paris Chanson Radio station Great French Music

Written by on May 5, 2017 in Culture & Language

Radio Paris Chanson plays the most beautiful French songs from the 40s, 50s and 60s every day, “the golden age of music” says presenter Olivier Jauffrit. We love Paris Chanson not just for the great sounds but because listening to this show is also a great way to immerse yourself into the French culture. Especially the […]

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A Château for Sale by Carrie Parker

A Château for Sale by Carrie Parker

Written by on May 1, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews

A Château for Sale by Carrie Parker: This really exciting romantic thriller is set between beautiful rural Kent and the majestic Château de St Geniès-Lafontaine in the south of France, and I found it compelling reading. The key characters are the gentle Kate, and her husband Alastair, who live in a lovely cottage in Kent which they have […]

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Regions of France

Why Burgundy should be top of your house hunting in France list

Why Burgundy should be top of your house hunting in France list

Written by on May 10, 2017 in Burgundy, Property in France

Burgundy (Bourgogne in French) offers some of France’s most gorgeous countryside. Rolling green hills peppered with medieval villages and the architecturally and culturally gorgeous capital, Dijon. Great wine and food are important components of daily life here and it’s a great place to live. We talk to local Benjamin Haas of France4U about expat life […]

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Take a Tour of Aveyron, la France Profonde

Take a Tour of Aveyron, la France Profonde

Written by on May 6, 2017 in Midi-Pyrénées, Tours in France

Aveyron is one of those almost secret parts of France that you think can’t possibly exist in real life. Ancient bastide villages with cobbled winding streets make you feel as if you’re in a place where time has stood still. There are lush green valleys and flowery meadows, forested gorges and vineyards that cling to […]

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Interview with an Expat in France | Haute Vienne

Interview with an Expat in France | Haute Vienne

We talk to Jacqui Wood from the UK who now lives and works in the lovely Haute-Vienne region, north-west France. It’s an area of forests and lakes, unspoiled countryside and picturesque villages as well as the lovely city of Limoges, famous for its porcelain production. Jacqui and her husband Mark, a former London policeman before […]

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Live in france

Expats in France Tax Questions Answered

Expats in France Tax Questions Answered

Written by on March 6, 2017 in Financial, Tax

If you’re resident in France and an expat from the UK, you’ll no doubt have to get to grips with the French income tax system. It often seems complicated, heavily administrative and can be frustrating. Financial expert Jennie Poate looks at some common questions that expats have about tax issues in France. Tax in France – Double […]

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Finding a travelling partner in your later years

Finding a travelling partner in your later years

A lot of people express the desire to move to another country once they reach their retirement, and that makes a lot of sense. After spending our lives going to the same job every day, we often feel like it is time to take some fresh air and venture towards greener pastures. France is a […]

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New French Legislation for Assurance Vie Policies

New French Legislation for Assurance Vie Policies

Written by on February 25, 2017 in Financial, Insurance, Tax

The Assurance Vie is the most popular long term savings product in France. It offers a choice of investment funds, tax and inheritance advantages. There are two types, those offered in France by French companies and normally only in Euros and those ore recently offshore in places such as Luxembourg and Dublin. The latter more often […]

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Property in France

Are you Looking for Your Dream Home but Can’t Find the Time?

Are you Looking for Your Dream Home but Can’t Find the Time?

The leaves of the palm trees swayed as the helicopter swooped in to land between the sun-soaked vineyard and the infinity pool. It could have been a scene from an action movie, but in reality it was a rather grand entrance to a luxury property viewing – the second of six planned for that day. […]

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The best Estate agents in France

The best Estate agents in France

Leggett Immobilier estate agents in France have been named as one of the 10 fastest growing property companies in Europe. Voted best estate agency in France On 24th April, the Financial Times published a report of the 1,000 fastest growing companies in Europe. This extensive piece of research shows Leggett Immobilier in the top ten […]

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Home seekers in France ignore Brexit

Home seekers in France ignore Brexit

Written by on March 13, 2017 in Buying a Home, Property in France

Will it or won’t it affect house sales in France we all asked, and we’re talking of Brexit of course. We’ve seen the exchange rate of sterling versus euros  go up and down and generally stabilise. We’ve had pundits and experts give an opinion but  the reality is that if anything, Brexit has actually increased […]

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Recent Articles

Reasons to love France | No. 3 French People

When I started this weekly series, reasons to love France, I had lots of ideas in mind. I decided to share a few on Facebook and ask my friends there “what would you add to my list?” Well there were some fabulous answers and I’ll be sharing those reasons in the coming weeks. But, one […]

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Cancer Support France Charity Ride

One in three people in the western world will suffer from some kind of cancer in their lifetime. Cancer and its treatment is difficult enough in your own country but if you’re an expat it can be very complex indeed. Cancer Support France In 2002, Cancer Support France (CSF) started up to help people in […]

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I Joined a Dating Agency in France!

I Joined a Dating Agency in France!

Written by on May 24, 2017 in Blog

I joined a dating agency! Now, before you who know me go whoa – hang on a minute you’re married, it’s for a reason! I’ve been looking into the dating scene in France for expats as a couple of people asked me about it (and I like to be able to help). In particular I […]

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