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Top Events in France in January 2019

Top Events in France in January 2019

Written by on December 14, 2018 in Month By Month

A look at some of the top events in France in January 2019 – just because it’s cold out doesn’t meant there’s nothing going on! Celebration days in January in France New Year’s Day 1st January is a national holiday in France Top Events in January in France Throughout France on 6 January its time to […]

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Private Yacht Charter France

Private Yacht Charter France

Written by on December 11, 2018 in Holidays & Things to do

Yachts are a symbol of luxury. They’re expensive to buy, store and maintain which puts them out of the reach of most people.  Luckily, there are yachts that can be privately chartered if you want to experience the high life on the seas. Worry About Nothing but Your Enjoyment As there are several options when […]

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Cité du vin the fabulous wine museum of Bordeaux

Cité du vin the fabulous wine museum of Bordeaux

Written by on December 7, 2018 in Aquitaine, Museums and Châteaux

I saw its swirling shape shimmering on the horizon from the train as I arrived in Bordeaux from Paris. A giant shiny coil on the landscape, futuristic and fabulous. What to see at the Museum of Wine Bordeaux La Cité du Vin is the first place I visited when I arrived and dumped my luggage […]

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Gastronomy

La Maison Noilly Prat Marseillan, France

La Maison Noilly Prat Marseillan, France

Written by on November 21, 2018 in Wine and Drinks

La Maison Noilly Prat’s location is superb, next to Étang de Thau, a large lagoon in Marseillan, one of the oldest fishing villages in France. A few weathered bars, bistros and shops line the small multi-hued port. It’s a French Provencal postcard town come to life. The History of Noilly Prat Pascal, our guide, introduced […]

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Recipe for Ratatouille Tian a classic dish of Provence

Recipe for Ratatouille Tian a classic dish of Provence

Written by on October 25, 2018 in Main Courses

You may not know what a tian is, but if you’ve seen the movie Ratatouille, you’ll be familiar with a version of this presentation of vegetables sliced thinly, cooked and served in an elegant stack. The dish you see in the movie was created by Chef Thomas Keller (of The French Laundry, among other restaurants), […]

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The gastronomy of Nice southern France

The gastronomy of Nice southern France

Written by on October 20, 2018 in Gastronomy, Provence-Alpes

The gastronomy of Nice is part of its heritage. It’s one of only two cities in France to do so. Lyon, often called the gastronomic capital of France, is the other one. Lyon had better look out though because Nice is catching up. And, if you ask a Nicois, they will of course assure you […]

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Culture and Language

Mastering the dreaded French R sound

Mastering the dreaded French R sound

Written by on December 15, 2018 in Courses

The French R is the most notorious of sounds in French pronunciation. There are multitudes of tutorials on the French R and yet it still eludes many non-native speakers. Well, today I’m going to demystify the French R and show you a simple trick that will get you on your way to mastering this infamous […]

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Le Mot Juste: How to Impress Tout le Monde with Your French

Le Mot Juste: How to Impress Tout le Monde with Your French

Written by on November 27, 2018 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Le Mot Juste: How to Impress Tout le Monde with Your French A tiny but fabulous book of words – French words. The sort of words that roll of the tongue and sound delicious, romantic and so… well French! Imogen Fortes has pulled together a list of fabulous French words that are used in every […]

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French Immersion course in Provence

French Immersion course in Provence

Written by on October 22, 2018 in Courses, French Language, Learn French

If you really want to improve your French, then a total immersion course in France is the very best way to do it. It’s also a lot of fun when you join Goût et Voyage, the taste and travel company, on their fabulous week long cultural and gastronomic full French immersion course in the heart […]

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Regions of France

Gravelines between the sea and the country in Hauts de France

Gravelines between the sea and the country in Hauts de France

Written by on December 14, 2018 in Nord-Pas de Calais

Gravelines is a bright if sleepy little town which rests between the two great harbours Calais and Dunkirk. Once an important entry port to France in its own right, the origins of Gravelines go back many centuries. History of Gravelines It was the primary commercial entrance point for the City of Saint Omer which lies […]

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The Chateau d’Anet Loire Valley

The Chateau d’Anet Loire Valley

Written by on December 6, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux

The Chateau d’Anet, in the town of Anet, in the Centre-Val de Loire, 78km from Paris was the family home of Diane de Poitiers. It’s one of the most beautiful chateaux that you’ve probably never heard of… Chateau d’Anet, the home of Diane de Poitiers Diane de Poitiers was the mistress of King Henri II […]

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The best kept skiing secret of the French Alps | Skiing in Arêches-Beaufort

The best kept skiing secret of the French Alps | Skiing in Arêches-Beaufort

Written by on December 5, 2018 in Rhône Alpes, Ski

Dropping “my last ski trip was a short break in Arêches-Beaufort” into any ski based conversation is a bit of a polarising moment. The enlightened will beam from ear to ear, talk about the charm of the village, the enviable quality – and quantity – of the snow. And, inevitably, the wonderful cheese cooperative in […]

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Live in france

How to choose the right Financial adviser for expats in France

How to choose the right Financial adviser for expats in France

Written by on November 13, 2018 in Financial

As an expat in France, when you search for a financial adviser, how can you be assured that they are right for you? In principle there are three categories of adviser: Tied, Restricted and Independent. Tied Advisers in France In France there are insurance company agents working almost in every town – they typically represent just […]

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Fabulous wedding venues in France

Fabulous wedding venues in France

When it comes to celebrating your wedding in France, there’s loads of choice for romantic venues and places that will create the memories you want from your special day. If you want to have a party or celebration of your wedding in France – that’s easy, just pick a venue that’s in the area you […]

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A British snail farmer in France

A British snail farmer in France

Written by on October 30, 2018 in Expats in France, Living in France

Mike Collins  from the UK went to France as a young man to study languages. He got a job with a large company and in his job he travelled a lot around France. He loved discovering new places and new tastes and developed a penchant for snails, the very French foodie favourite. On a whim, […]

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Property in France

Property review on the west coast of France

Property review on the west coast of France

Written by on November 3, 2018 in Property in France

France’s Atlantic coastline offers something for everyone, from Brittany’s wild and rugged Finistère to the chic beach towns around La Rochelle, to surfing meccas around Biarritz. Liz Rowlinson asks the experts at Leggett Immobillier to pick five tempting places for you to consider… Starting in the north, where Brittany juts far out into the Atlantic, […]

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Top Tips for running a successful B&B in France

Top Tips for running a successful B&B in France

Written by on November 1, 2018 in Gîtes in France

Peter Friend, joint owner of the award winning B&B La Villa Mazamet in the Tarn shares his top tips. The villa has been named France’s top luxurious B&B for several years and, says Peter, there are lots of things you can do to make your own B&B have a better chance of success… Location Location […]

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4 different ways to start a new life in France ahead of Brexit

4 different ways to start a new life in France ahead of Brexit

Written by on October 30, 2018 in Buying a Home, Property in France

If you could start a new life in France, where would you go and what would you do? Out of the 4 million Brits currently living abroad, around 150,000 live in France. While the majority are over 55, according to an HSBC report, France is rated third in the world for families, partly because school […]

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Bon weekend from frosty France

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. Here it’s been proper frosty in the mornings and very cold, even during the day the frost has stayed thick on the ground, sparkling when a ray of sun manages to get through the clouds. I have had to carry buckets of water down to the bird pens […]

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How the Hunchback of Notre Dame got the name Quasimodo

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of the most famous characters in French literature. But how did he get the unusual name of Quasimodo? For centuries, French law strictly limited the names that families could give their babies. They had to come from an approved list made up mostly of Catholic saints. The laws […]

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Bethune Christmas market northern France

A short drive from Calais brings you to the town of Bethune in the Hauts de France region, department Pas de Calais. It’s not that well known on the tourist map, overlooked for its larger neighbours Lille and Arras as well as arty favourite Lens with its swanky branch of the Louvre. Bethune, northern France […]

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