Holidays and Things to do

3 top reasons to visit France on a school trip

3 top reasons to visit France on a school trip

Written by on April 25, 2019 in Holidays & Things to do

More than 80 million visitors from across the globe flocked to France in the last one year alone. France has continued to be a global tourist hot spot since 2013, with the local authorities hoping to attract as many as 100 million visitors per year by the end of 2020. So what makes France an […]

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Fabulous things to do in France in late spring

Fabulous things to do in France in late spring

Written by on April 24, 2019 in Holidays & Things to do

In late spring there’s loads to do in France. And if you’re looking for fabulous things to do in or out of the school holidays – be inspired by our France for families visit tips: boats, bikes, beasties and brilliant theme parks… Bordeaux River Festival Massive fun for the whole family at this fabulous festival. […]

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How to have your best ever camping holiday in France this summer

How to have your best ever camping holiday in France this summer

Written by on April 12, 2019 in Camping and Caravanning

Camping in France is a great way to enjoy the best of France without having to spend a fortune. You can stay in the most popular areas in the most stunning locations. And, it costs a fraction of what you’d spend to stay in a hotel, especially in the summer months. There’s an enormous choice […]

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Gastronomy

Easy recipe for Chocolate Soufflé

Easy recipe for Chocolate Soufflé

Written by on February 25, 2019 in Desserts

A light, airy and utterly scrumptious dessert. Most people think it’s a tricky recipe but it’s not really that difficult when you know how. The soufflé as we know it is said to have originated in France in the 18th century when it was apparently created as a dish for the mistress of Louis XV, […]

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Recipe for French gingerbread Pain d’Epices

Recipe for French gingerbread Pain d’Epices

Written by on January 22, 2019 in Desserts

Whenever I visit the small town of Buxy in France’s Côte Chalonnaise, you will likely find me at the tiny market held in the centre ville on Thursday mornings. Though there aren’t many stalls, every-thing on offer is absolutely delicious. I especially look forward to stopping by the stand selling honey and French gingerbread, or […]

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Chestnut cream-filled meringues with chocolate sauce

Chestnut cream-filled meringues with chocolate sauce

Written by on January 22, 2019 in Desserts

Taking hardly any time at all to prepare these sweet, crunchy meringues filled with chestnut cream and covered in hot chocolate sauce are a dreamy dessert! Serves 6 Preparation time: 10 minutes 1.5 cups (200g) thick crème fraiche 1 heaped tablespoon mascarpone 2 teaspoons sweet chestnut purée (crème de marrons) 50z (150g) bittersweet chocolate 5 […]

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Culture and Language

The Pyramid at the Louvre

The Pyramid at the Louvre

Written by on March 28, 2019 in French Icons, Paris

When it comes to innovation in architecture, Paris has long been a leader and in the last 150 years, dozens of architectural gems have made it famous for originality and boldness. Just a few include the Eiffel Tower, Pompidou centre, the Louis Vuitton Foundation and La Grande Arche in the Défense business district. These new […]

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Carrieres de Lumieres, sound and light shows Paris and Provence

Carrieres de Lumieres, sound and light shows Paris and Provence

Written by on March 18, 2019 in Art and Artists

 What do an abandoned quarry and an old iron foundry have in common? They both house magical sound-and-light shows that must be seen to be believed. The Carrières de Lumières (“Quarries of Light”) has been operating for decades near the mountaintop fortress of Les Baux-de-Provence, and is one of the most popular tourist sites in […]

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In the footsteps of the Impressionists on the Alabaster Coast of France

In the footsteps of the Impressionists on the Alabaster Coast of France

Written by on March 15, 2019 in Art and Artists

Claude Monet’s paintings of the Alabaster coast in Normandy, and in particular Etretat, are hung on the walls of the most prestigious art museums throughout the world. (Above: Etretat painted by Monet in 1885, now hangs in the Musee des Beaux Arts, Dijon). Monet spent time in the Etretat fishing village in February of 1883. […]

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Regions of France

5 historic towns to visit in Normandy

5 historic towns to visit in Normandy

Written by on April 25, 2019 in Normandy

Ravishing Rouen The historic capital of Normandy sits on the Seine River as it wends its way to the sea from Paris. What makes this city unique is its incredible Gothic architecture coupled with more than 2000 half-timbered medieval street houses that blend effortlessly and its long, turbulent history whose traces can be seen in […]

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Update to the fire at Notre Dame de Paris

Update to the fire at Notre Dame de Paris

Written by on April 17, 2019 in Paris

The devastating fire that occurred at the 12th century built cathedral of Notre-Dame-de-Paris on 15 April 2019 caused immense damage. With more than 12 million visitors each year, the cathedral is the most visited monument in France and Europe, epitomising the soul of the French capital and symbolising the history and culture of France. Thanks […]

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What do see and do in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse in Provence

What do see and do in Fontaine-de-Vaucluse in Provence

Written by on April 15, 2019 in Provence-Alpes

One of the charms of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is the river that runs around and through it. This river, the Sorgue, is a favorite of tourists and fishermen alike, with its crystal-clear waters sparkling in the sun. The source of the river lies just five miles east of L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue in one of the most beautiful spots in […]

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Live in france

Taking your dog to France from Canada

Taking your dog to France from Canada

Written by on March 11, 2019 in Holidays with Pets

“Just borrow a dog for a few hours,” a Toronto friend once told me. I was trying to figure out ways to become more local – to connect more deeply – during the three-or-so months that we spent in the South of France each year. I could see myself gliding through Antibes’ streets with little […]

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Preparing your pet for travel post-Brexit

Preparing your pet for travel post-Brexit

Written by on March 1, 2019 in Passports and Vaccinations, Pets And Animals

Social media remains awash with post Brexit scaremongering! ‘They’re going to abolish the pet passport system’ is just one headline I’ve read recently, although it doesn’t appear to have any foundation in fact. For those of us who now regularly travel with our pets (I’m predominantly talking about dogs, but I have met a few […]

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Your garden birds need you

Your garden birds need you

Written by on February 12, 2019 in Pets And Animals

There has been a sharp decline in many common garden birds across the whole of Europe over the last 40 years.  Winter and early Spring often present bleak and extremely cold conditions, with long periods of sub-zero temperatures in many parts of France.  It’s important to remember that birds die of hunger, rather than cold, […]

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Property in France

Property Management service in the Dordogne

Property Management service in the Dordogne

When you have a property in the Dordogne, the most popular department for British expats in France, and you want to let it out or have help maintaining it, you’ll need a trustworthy, efficient and caring property management company. Voila Villas are a professional team based in Dordogne. After 20 years in the UK property […]

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Guide to buying a holiday rental property in France

Guide to buying a holiday rental property in France

Written by on March 28, 2019 in Property in France

Purchasing and owning a gîte or holiday rental property in France can be fun and rewarding – but from the start it’s good to be clear about what to consider. Location, location, location, yes it’s a cliché, but it’s totally true says Donna Sloane, General Manager of FrenchConnections, one of the UK’s leading holiday home […]

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10 tips for running a gite business in France

10 tips for running a gite business in France

Written by on February 25, 2019 in Gîtes in France

The last few years have seen unprecedented numbers of buyers seeking homes in France and particularly homes that can be run as a gite business. It seems that TV shows like Place in the Sun and Escape to the Chateau have fuelled the desires of many Brits to give up the rat race and escape […]

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Recent Articles

Happy Easter from France…

Bonjour Hope you had a good week. Both in France and around the world, people have been shocked and horrified by the terrible fire which ravaged the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris. So much history has been witnessed by this grand dame known as the soul of the city and it was awful to […]

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Bon weekend from the wild west of France

Every day I walk the dogs around the hills and dales that make up the Seven Valleys where I live. On account of the fact that I am able to resist anything but temptation in the form of cakes, wine, cheese, bread, chocolate and a few more things, I’ve had to up my exercise this […]

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Where to stay in a beautiful and undiscovered part of Provence

Montauroux is a small hilltop village in the department of Var, Provence. From its elevated position, surrounded by forests there are fabulous views over the gorgeous countryside. One of 8 traditional Provencal villages in the Fayence area, it is ideally situated between the mountains and the sea (Cannes beaches are only 25km away) and close […]

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