Holidays and Things to do

What’s on in France in August

What’s on in France in August

Written by on July 4, 2019 in Month By Month

Festivals, fun things to see and do in France in the sunny month of August. Get your picnic baskets out, your sunglasses to the ready and enjoy! National Holidays in France 15 August: Assomption – Assumption of Mary Events in France in August Midi-Pyrenées, Marciac. One of the greatest summer jazz festivals in Europe, Jazz […]

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South Coast of France: what to see and where to stay

South Coast of France: what to see and where to stay

Written by on July 3, 2019 in Places to Go

When the summer comes, there are few countries with better beaches than France. The Mediterranean coast in the south of France for example has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Here are ten of the most picturesque seaside resorts in the south of France. Saint Tropez This famous seaside holiday destination attracts […]

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All sorts of sailing holidays off the coast of France

All sorts of sailing holidays off the coast of France

Written by on June 28, 2019 in Active Holidays, Cruise holidays

Bobbing about on the sea was never more fun than now. Never more accessible either. And never as easy to find the perfect sailing holiday off the coast of France for you. And, there are prices to suit every budget. The world of sailing holidays has changed thanks to sailsquare.com. This innovative business has partnered […]

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Gastronomy

Recipe for Poulet Gaston Gerard

Recipe for Poulet Gaston Gerard

Written by on July 3, 2019 in Main Courses

The recipe was created in 1930 by the wife of the Mayor of Dijon, Gaston Gerard. She was cooking for an esteemed guest, Maurice Edmond Sailland, AKA Curnonsky, a celebrated writer of Gastronomy in France and dubbed The Prince of Gastronomy. Madame accidentally put too much paprika in a chicken dish she was cooking and […]

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How to make Canelé de Bordeaux cakes

How to make Canelé de Bordeaux cakes

Written by on May 26, 2019 in Desserts

The origins of the little French cakes known as canelés remains a mystery, but one of the most plausible theories is that they were invented by the nuns of the L’Annonciade monastery in Sainte-Eulalie, in Bordeaux. When basking them, some people use a silicone mold. But I always recommend using traditional copper molds. Granted, copper […]

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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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Culture and Language

Are we french yet by Keith Van Sickle

Are we french yet by Keith Van Sickle

Written by on May 21, 2019 in Book Reviews And Interviews

A series of of short vignettes details the lives of Keith and Val, a couple of Americans living a double life. Half the year they’re in Silicon Valley, California and the other half they spend in St Remy de Provence, France. After several years of to-ing and fro-ing, learning French, making friends and really digging […]

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Claude & Camille by Stephanie Cowell | Book review

Claude & Camille by Stephanie Cowell | Book review

Written by on May 3, 2019 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Claude Monet, the impressionist painter is one of the most famous artists that ever lived. Many people visit his house and beautiful gardens at Giverny, in Normandy, and fall in love with the artistry present in the garden’s beauty. I, like many, associate him with his famous paintings of the lily ponds there. When I […]

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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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Regions of France

Vegetarian restaurants in Toulouse

Vegetarian restaurants in Toulouse

Written by on July 8, 2019 in Midi-Pyrénées

Our four-year-old daughter announced one teatime that she didn’t want to eat baby animals anymore as she looked sadly at a half-eaten lamb chop, it was the start of a journey for all of us.  She has been a committed vegetarian ever since, only once wavering over a bacon sandwich but ultimately the baby animals […]

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Antibes is always a good idea!

Antibes is always a good idea!

Written by on July 7, 2019 in Provence-Alpes

To paraphrase Audrey Hepburn’s famous quote, “Paris is always a good idea,” I have felt the same way about the enticing old town of Antibes since I first set foot there … let’s just say many decades ago. These days there are a lot of changes happening in the vieille ville. Progress is catching up […]

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Ten brilliant things to do in Dordogne

Ten brilliant things to do in Dordogne

Written by on June 21, 2019 in Aquitaine, Places to Go

Dordogne in southwest France is one of those places you can’t help fall in love with. It’s a verdant land of medieval villages and majestic chateaux, vineyards and pretty villages, forests, rivers and lakes. We asked the team at the private family holiday Chateau de Sadillac to share their top ten things to do in […]

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Live in france

Escape to the 800 year old Chateau du Masgelier in France

Escape to the 800 year old Chateau du Masgelier in France

Written by on May 31, 2019 in Living in France, Renovating in France

Fiona Jones from London fell for a 12th century chateau in the Limousin region. Undaunted at taking on a massive project on her own, she moved to France in 2014 to bring the neglected Chateau du Masgelier back to life. Featured on the superhit reality TV series “Escape to the Chateau DIY” Fiona talks to […]

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Euro Savings Accounts – What is available in France?

Euro Savings Accounts – What is available in France?

Written by on April 29, 2019 in Banks and Banking

All about Euro savings accounts: what’s available for both residents and non-residents in France… Let’s start with the basic euro savings account information. If you have a current euro account with a French bank which you use to make all your euro payments, then you can open a euro savings account. It’s a simple application […]

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French tax returns for new expats in France

French tax returns for new expats in France

Written by on April 29, 2019 in Tax

In all the excitement of moving to France, it’s easy to forget things, including the dreaded administration requirements. Making sure you enter the French tax system correctly as a tax resident is vital. But it doesn’t need to be as difficult as you might think, says Jennie Poate at Beacon Global Wealth. She explains how […]

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Property in France

Top tips to increase your gîte bookings

Top tips to increase your gîte bookings

Written by on June 17, 2019 in Gîtes in France

When it comes to filling your gîte weeks there’s lots you can do to help yourself and if you’re in north Dordogne, there are some excellent experts on hand to help… Holiday home and gîte management services in north Dordogne Brits Joni and Ross Snedden moved to north Dordogne where they run a landlord services […]

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The Good Life for expats in Carcassonne

The Good Life for expats in Carcassonne

Written by on May 24, 2019 in Gîtes in France

Londoner Linda Devine moved to France with her husband Bernard, an engineer, in 2014. After a lifetime of work in hospitality including management roles at the Ritz, Hilton and Accor Hotels, she knew just what makes guests happy and bought all the experience to her latest venture, a gorgeous gite near Carcassonne in the south […]

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Property Search France | From North to West

Property Search France | From North to West

Written by on May 6, 2019 in Property in France

Miles of beautiful coastline offer you a mix of fishing villages, sandy beaches and rugged cliffs. Close in terms of distance, this area is worlds apart from the UK… Northern and western France have always been popular holiday home destinations for UK buyers seeking easy access, excellent value for money and beautiful scenery. From the […]

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Recent Articles

Bon weekend from summery France

Bonjour, Hope you had a great week. Chez moi, I managed to fall off the doorstep in the back garden and sprain my ankle. To make matters worse I landed in a big dollop of duck poo left by Rambo the reluctant duck (he refuses to stay in the pen with the other boys, he […]

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Vintage Cars and Campers, Bicycles and Bader in Saint Omer, northern France

If you’re looking for a fun way to visit northern France, Les Belles Echappees in Saint Omer fits the bill. Located within the peaceful Ferme de L’Abbaye at Clairmarais, this family run organisation hires out restored classic vintage vehicles. Choose from sparkling VW camper vans to prestigious Citroen 2CV cars and VW convertible Beetles. There’s […]

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Bon weekend from roasty toasty France

In the last 12 weeks I’ve spent 8 weeks on the road but I’m home now for a few months and I’ll be writing, writing, writing – about where I’ve been and what I’ve seen. And I can’t wait to share it all with you. I’m also on a mission to get my second book […]

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