Holidays and Things to do

France: Wonderful by road, even with just one night 

France: Wonderful by road, even with just one night 

Written by on September 14, 2018 in Holiday Travel

France is such a huge and diverse country that exploring it in its entirety would take a lifetime. That said, 1 million one-night trips are taken by British people every year – and a huge number of those people head straight to France. With flight times making the rest of Europe easily accessible… why is France so […]

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Find out what house sitting is all about

Find out what house sitting is all about

Written by on September 10, 2018 in Holidays & Things to do

Have you ever dreamed of travelling the world getting to really savour the best that each country has to offer? An authentic travel experience like house sitting is hard to beat. It enables you to travel pretty much everywhere including of course France, with the huge advantage of literally cutting out the accommodation costs. And […]

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Accessible holiday accommodation in France 

Accessible holiday accommodation in France 

Written by on August 30, 2018 in Holidays & Things to do

When it come to accessible accommodation for the elderly, disabled and those with mobility issues, there is quite a lot of choice in France. At French Connections holiday rentals for instance, you can search using their filter buttons for gites and holiday homes that are suitable for the elderly and/or have wheelchair access. You can […]

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Gastronomy

5 Favourite Foods of Nice

5 Favourite Foods of Nice

Written by on September 17, 2018 in Gastronomy

Nice is one of the most beautiful cities in France, nestled by the sparkling waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Founded by the Greeks long ago, it has changed hands many times—for centuries it was part of the Duchy of Savoy, then part of France, then part of the Kingdom of Sardinia in Italy, before finally […]

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Recipe for Chicken with Calvados

Recipe for Chicken with Calvados

Written by on August 28, 2018 in Main Courses

Calvados, the apple brandy eau de vie produced in Calvados, Normandy is not just great as an aperitif, digestif and in cocktails – but also for cooking! Ingredients for 4 people 4 chicken breasts 4 apples to cook 4 small turnips (Golden balls are good) (optional) 1 quince (if you can’t get hold of one […]

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The inspirational Grand Épicerie Rive Droite Paris

The inspirational Grand Épicerie Rive Droite Paris

Written by on August 24, 2018 in Gastronomy

The Grande Epicerie de Paris Rive Droite (right bank) is the gourmet food store emporium of the Bon Marché department store. Think Harrods food store with French je ne sais quoi! It opened in 2017 and has quickly built up a reputation for being one of the most delicious food stores in Paris. You’ll find […]

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Culture and Language

Finding Gilbert: A promise fulfilled by Diane Covington-Carter

Finding Gilbert: A promise fulfilled by Diane Covington-Carter

Written by on September 15, 2018 in Book Reviews And Interviews

This book is simply beautiful, within its pages are stories within stories, and they all began with an encounter between an American soldier and a little French boy in the months following the D-day landings on Omaha Beach, France, in June 1944. Finding Gilbert, a true story The soldier was the author’s father, Donald Kenneth […]

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5 Easy methods to help you learn French as fast as possible

5 Easy methods to help you learn French as fast as possible

Written by on September 15, 2018 in Learn French

When it comes to foreign languages, we can be impatient. Many of us look for the best and most innovative methods, devote time to French online courses, download special apps and so on. We’re keen to learn as quickly as possible and most of us spend ages looking at the dozens of methods available for […]

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Review of Montségur by Catherine de Courcy

Review of Montségur by Catherine de Courcy

Written by on August 29, 2018 in Book Reviews And Interviews

History and drama fans will really enjoy this terrific blend of fact and fiction. Montségur by Catherine de Courcy starts in 1236 in southern France. Esme, a young forest child finds herself caught up in the frightening days of the inquisition. Raimond, her foster brother is taken by an inquisitor called Friar Pierre Tiquè and […]

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Regions of France

The Coco Chanel Suite at the Ritz Paris

The Coco Chanel Suite at the Ritz Paris

Written by on September 7, 2018 in Paris

If money is no object, and we mean it – as a single night could set you back €28000, the Coco Chanel Suite in the Paris Ritz is the epitome of elegant refinement and luxury. But if you really want to channel your inner Chanel – this is the place to do it. Coco at […]

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Eight Reasons to visit Normandy in October

Eight Reasons to visit Normandy in October

Written by on September 7, 2018 in Normandy

It’s coming to that time of year: the days are getting shorter, the nights are getting cooler and you’re in need of a family break before Christmas comes along. If you’re after holiday ideas for October half-term, then look no further: Normandy is the perfect destination for a short break with the kids, come rain […]

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Spotlight on Saint-Denis, Paris

Spotlight on Saint-Denis, Paris

Written by on September 3, 2018 in Paris

Head to Saint-Denis, a district in the suburbs of Paris for its incredible Basilica, last resting place of dozens of Kings and Queens of France. Saint-Denis is a suburb of Paris located 10km north of the city centre. The district took its name from a Christian Martyr buried there after being beheaded on nearby Montmartre […]

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Live in france

Tax in France – pension and tax questions answered for British expats

Tax in France – pension and tax questions answered for British expats

Written by on August 17, 2018 in Tax

We’ve had a record number of enquiries about life in France in the last 12 months. It seems that moving to France is on the minds of many and some questions come up over and over about financial issues, after all, you want to know that you can afford to live the dream and making […]

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How tax for families in France plays a big part in life

How tax for families in France plays a big part in life

Written by on August 16, 2018 in Guest Blogs, Living in France

In France everything has its season: in February it’s skiing; in May it’s lily-of-the valley; in August it’s idleness; and in October it’s tax. This last is why, as the leaves begin to fall each year, my husband and I get together for a financial summit. Our budgetary discussions have a peculiarly French flavour, however: […]

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Expat Brits set up cycling business in the beautiful Tarn region, France

Expat Brits set up cycling business in the beautiful Tarn region, France

Written by on August 16, 2018 in Expats in France, Living in France

Years ago, expats in France who wanted an income usually took the gite route. Gites really took off in the 1950s when the French Government introduced a gite classification system to breathe new life into rural economy and British expats in particular saw the attraction. These days expats are becoming more and more entrepreneurial and […]

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Property in France

Buying vineyard properties in France

Buying vineyard properties in France

Written by on August 6, 2018 in Buying a Home, Property in France

It’s not all about the house, when you’re looking for a vineyard property, the vines take centre stage… Vineyard properties in France Many of us have a romantic notion of owning some vines so we can produce our own wine to bottle and share with friends and family. It’s a trend that has grown internationally […]

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Buying Equestrian properties in France

Buying Equestrian properties in France

Written by on August 6, 2018 in Buying a Home, Property in France

  Keeping horses in France is a popular past time. A hectare of land is enough for one horse, with good management, two horses, so the opportunities for home, land and potential stables, often converting existing outbuildings, are plentiful. Looking for properties suitable for keeping horses in France The cost of agricultural land averages around […]

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Buying Farm properties in France

Buying Farm properties in France

Written by on August 5, 2018 in Buying a Home, Property in France

With land prices currently very attractive in France, a steady flow of UK farmers are heading to France to expand their holdings. Whilst northern France is best for cereal growing, Brittany is prime for pigs. Poitou-Charentes offers huge tracts of maize and sunflowers, whereas the Limousin is famous for its attractive rolling cattle and sheep […]

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Recent Articles

Discovering the lavender fields of Provence in Sault

The chances are that if you visit Provence from mid-June to mid-August – you have lavender on your mind and in your sights. Though Provence is well known for the fragrant purple blooms, it is not grown in abundance throughout the whole of Provence, though you will find fields of the purple blooms during your […]

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How a father’s tale of Normandy in WWII inspired a book

You could say that my love affair with France and passion for the French language began in earnest, when, at age eleven, I heard French spoken, loving the soft, musical and even sensual sounds that floated into my ears. But the truth is that the story began before I was born, when my father landed […]

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Dieppe Kite Festival, Normandy

Dieppe Kite Festival, Normandy

Written by on September 12, 2018 in News

The Dieppe Kite Festival is colourful, dynamic and has a big dollop of international flavour. Energising the city of Dieppe on the Normandy’s Alabaster coast, it’s a fabulous, fun and fascinating festival. Dieppe Kite Festival Every two years, eight hectares of land, between the city and the sea, forming a kind of natural amphitheatre, is […]

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