Holidays and Things to do

Ryder Cup Paris 2018

Ryder Cup Paris 2018

Written by on July 13, 2018 in Golf, Paris

Paris is playing host to the one of the greatest golf matches in the world in September 2018. The Ryder Cup, a contest between between the top golfers of Europe and the visiting team from the United States will be hosted at Le Golf National course, at Guyancourt, near Paris. Ryder Cup Paris 2018 From […]

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The Douglas Bader Trail, Saint Omer, Hauts de France

The Douglas Bader Trail, Saint Omer, Hauts de France

Saint Omer in Nord, Hauts de France is a quintessentially French market town. It has a long and illustrious history. Thomas a Becket AKA Saint Thomas Becket took refuge from Henry II of England in there in 1165. Centuries later, three of America’s Founding Fathers, Daniel, Charles and John Carroll, studied at the Jesuit Chapel. […]

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The Blockhaus Eperlecques, Nord, Hauts de France

The Blockhaus Eperlecques, Nord, Hauts de France

Several years ago, on my way south from Dunkirk in northern France, I stopped off at Eperlecques, a small town you access off the main autoroute. A sign for the Blockhaus d’Eperlecques was intriguing enough to lure me from my travel plans. What I discovered, in an area of beautiful countryside where the sound of […]

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Gastronomy

South of France Summer salsa recipe with prawns

South of France Summer salsa recipe with prawns

Written by on July 9, 2018 in Starters

This delicious recipe is from La de Villa Mazamet in the south of France where the summers are long and hot and chefs love to create recipes that are perfect for sunshine days… Ingredient for 8 people 2 limes – juice and zest 1 large medium-ripe avocado – finely diced 1 large red bell pepper […]

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Recipe for Nonnettes – traditional cakes of Burgundy, France

Recipe for Nonnettes – traditional cakes of Burgundy, France

Written by on June 29, 2018 in Desserts

The recipe for nonnettes, which means little nuns, is a speciality of Dijon in Burgundy finds its origins in the Middle Ages… Recipe for Orange Nonnettes with Grand Marnier Ingredients: makes 12 150ml water 80g butter 200ml honey 50g light brown sugar 1 tbsp pain d’épices spices 2 tbsps Grand Marnier 180g whole wheat flour […]

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Diner en Blanc in Paris 2018 in pictures

Diner en Blanc in Paris 2018 in pictures

Written by on June 10, 2018 in Funky, Gastronomy, Paris

Friendship, gastronomy, elegance, magic: Diner en Blanc Paris is the chic-est annual gathering the world has ever seen. It is the pique-nique of pique-niques. A giant sea of laughing faces and popping champagne corks. A magical night: Le Dîner en Blanc celebrated 30 years in 2018 On June 3rd 2018 the world’s biggest organized pop-up picnic, the exclusive Dîner en […]

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Culture and Language

An English Impressionist by Brent Shore

An English Impressionist by Brent Shore

Written by on July 3, 2018 in Book Reviews And Interviews

A trip to France as a teenager by this talented author, awakened a lifelong love of France, its culture, food, and people. This love resulted in the beautiful Dordogne area, and in particular the village of Frettignac, becoming the setting for an intriguing mystery story. However, the tale actually begins in Manchester in the UK, […]

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How to learn French at aged 50+

How to learn French at aged 50+

Written by on May 17, 2018 in Learn French

Research shows that learning a second language offers proven benefits for intelli- gence, memory and concentration, plus lowered risks of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Learning French can be challenging but fun – and it makes trips to France that much more rewarding. Here’s how I learned French in my 50s: Build a Foundation You need some […]

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Eight Months in Provence by Diane Covington-Carter

Eight Months in Provence by Diane Covington-Carter

Written by on May 11, 2018 in Book Reviews And Interviews

American Diane Covington-Carter was obsessed with France. She had spent her youth listening to her father’s wartime tales, studying French, and saving every spare penny to go there on her junior year abroad when she finished school. Alas this was not to be, and instead she found herself becoming a young married mother. However, two […]

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Regions of France

3 Fabulous chateau hotels in Burgundy

3 Fabulous chateau hotels in Burgundy

Written by on July 11, 2018 in Burgundy

Chateau Vault de Lugny, Yonne Burgundy | A hotel fit for royalty Channel your inner King and Queen at this stunning moated chateau hotel – you can even book the room once reserved for kings. Built between the 13th and 17th centuries the chateau Vault de Lugny oozes charm and history. A roaring open fire […]

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Take a cruise on the Audomarois marshes Saint Omer, Hauts de France

Take a cruise on the Audomarois marshes Saint Omer, Hauts de France

Written by on July 8, 2018 in Nord-Pas de Calais

As you drive south from Calais to the town of Saint-Omer, you’ll pass by the low lying flat fields on the way, you can’t help noticing that the local landscape resembles the wide-open district of the Fens in eastern England. UNESCO listed Marshes Head to Clairmarais, which rests on the edge of the Audomarais Marshes, […]

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Way to take a tour of Paris in a 2CV

Way to take a tour of Paris in a 2CV

Written by on July 5, 2018 in Paris, Quirky

They’re the iconic car of France, quirky and with bundles of character – the 2CV, which stands for 2 deux chevaux (2 horse power), never seems to lose its popularity. Over the years it has picked up a few nicknames including the “umbrella on wheels”, the “ugly duckling” and “tin snail”. 2CVs are no longer […]

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Live in france

Know the Speed limits on the roads in France

Know the Speed limits on the roads in France

Written by on July 1, 2018 in Driving in France

As of midnight 30 June 2018, the speed limit on all two-lane roads in France, was reduced from 90 kilometres per hour (55 miles per hour) to 80 kilometres per hour (50 miles per hour). The French Government say that the change is to increase road safety and decrease auto emissions to support the environment. […]

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Financial advice for expats in France

Financial advice for expats in France

Written by on July 1, 2018 in Financial

“It’s a misconception that you have to be a wealthy expat in France to benefit from talking to a financial advisor” says Jennie Poate, financial manager of Beacon Global Wealth. “Often people think that if they don’t have a lot of assets, then a financial planner can’t help them. But, they could be really missing […]

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How to maintain a healthy lifestyle whilst working in France

How to maintain a healthy lifestyle whilst working in France

Written by on June 20, 2018 in Healthcare

Adapting to life in a new country can be difficult, especially if you’re tackling a new language too. Add in the pressure of finding or starting a new job, and in the midst of all that change, your health and wellbeing can start to suffer. Luckily, France boasts an attractive work-life balance, made clear in […]

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Property in France

The effects of Brexit on the French property market

The effects of Brexit on the French property market

Written by on July 9, 2018 in Buying a Home, Property in France

In a referendum on 23rd June 2016 the UK electorate voted to leave the European Union and the world looked on to see what the political and economic impact would be. Though still in the “negotiation” phase, officially the UK will leave the EU on 29th March 2019. However,  a transition period has been put in […]

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Best place to buy a holiday home on the French Riviera

Best place to buy a holiday home on the French Riviera

Four locations are particularly coveted on the Riviera: Valbonne, Cannes, Saint-Tropez and Villefranche-sur-Mer. The perfect location for a holiday home on the French Riviera Valbonne, Cannes, Saint Tropez and Villefranche-sur-Mer are four of the Riviera’s most desirable locations. Each has its own distinct personality, as well as offering stable investment opportunities for international buyers. What […]

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Dordogne bargain properties to fall in love with

Dordogne bargain properties to fall in love with

Written by on May 17, 2018 in Property for sale

The lush green area of Dordogne is popular with expats and none more so than the Brits. In fact the area has been termed “little Britain” as it’s attracted so many entranced Brits Why do we all love Dordogne? There’s loads that inspires our love for Dordogne. For a start the weather is great. There’s […]

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Recent Articles

Happy 14 July and bon weekend from football mad France!

Bonjour! Hope you had a good week. Bonne Fête Nationale! Happy 14 July! It’s a national holiday in France, us English speakers call it Bastille Day but in France it’s called La Fete Nationale and they say “joyeux quartorze Juillet”. It’s a day for celebration, fireworks, parades, flea markets and of course food – long lunches […]

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Magical Music Festival in a medieval Chateau, southern France

A medieval French chateau is to be the setting for the first edition of La Machine du Vin, an exceptional music festival featuring DJs such as Claptone, 2manydjs and Booka Shade. ‘La machine du vin’ combines music, wine, food and art into one festival in the south of France The French expression “Vivre comme un […]

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Bon weekend newsletter from football mad France!

Bonjour! Hope you had a good week. I don’t know about you, but I am not a massive football fan (I’m more a rugby kind of girl). It seems that I am a bit of a rarity, certainly in my little village in the middle of nowhere rural France. Last Saturday the other half disappeared […]

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