Holidays and Things to do

A walking holiday in the Dordogne Valley

A walking holiday in the Dordogne Valley

Written by on January 3, 2020 in Aquitaine, Tours in France

Perhaps all journeys through the Dordogne Valley should start with stuffing yourself with punnets of freshly picked strawberries. At least, that’s how I began my exploration of the Dordogne Valley’s beautiful villages… I had arrived in Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne on the day of the town’s Fete de la Fraise, the strawberry festival that celebrates, well, strawberries. Straddling […]

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Top Events in France in January

Top Events in France in January

Written by on December 30, 2019 in Month By Month

A look at some of the top events in France in January – just because it’s cold out doesn’t meant there’s nothing going on! National holidays and Celebration days in January in France New Year’s Day 1st January is a national holiday in France Celebration day: La Fête des Rois. It’s traditional to eat a […]

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Stunning B&B in authentic Provence

Stunning B&B in authentic Provence

Written by on December 30, 2019 in Holidays & Things to do, Places to Go

Not far from Marseille on the sun-kissed Cote d’Azur, lies a secret piece of Paradise. Unspoiled southern France at its best, seemingly left behind and a world away from the usual busy, crowded beaches and towns. And, in the middle of it, in the medieval town of Ceyreste, with its winding cobbled streets and pretty […]

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Gastronomy

Easy Cassoulet recipe with chicken and sausages

Easy Cassoulet recipe with chicken and sausages

Written by on January 3, 2020 in Main Courses

In parts of the south and southwest France, people are crazy about Cassoulet. It’s a rustic and robust French country stew that typically includes white beans, pork and poultry.  It’s been a favourite for hundreds of years in France and legend has it that the origins go back to the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) During […]

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Vin Chaud recipe from France

Vin Chaud recipe from France

Written by on December 6, 2019 in Wine and Drinks

The most sensational, lush, delectable French mulled wine, deep ruby red, spicy and deliciously warming, this recipe outranks all others… This vin chaud recipe takes a somewhat different approach to flavouring the wine compared to other recipes. Instead of simmering the wine with the mulling spices, leave it to steep for three days along with […]

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Perfect guide to wine pairing at Christmas

Perfect guide to wine pairing at Christmas

Written by on December 6, 2019 in Wine and Drinks

In France, Christmas meals lasting anything up to 6 hours are de rigeur. But, with more than 200 wine varieties to choose from – how do you know which are the best wines to drink at Christmas? We asked Laurent Yung of the renowned French wine club, SomMailier for some tips! How the French drink […]

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Culture and Language

French immersion holiday Dordogne

French immersion holiday Dordogne

Written by on December 23, 2019 in Aquitaine, Learn French, Tours in France

It’s hard to think of anywhere more enchanting than the Dordogne. Around every corner is something that takes your breath away – stunning landscapes, magical chateaux and historic villages. A discovery tour of this part of France is authentic, cultural and downright delicious – it’s famous for its wonderful gastronomy. Take a tour combined with […]

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Winter in the City of Light by Sue Harper

Winter in the City of Light by Sue Harper

Written by on December 13, 2019 in Book Reviews And Interviews

After years having a successful career in Canada, retirement ought to have been something the author, Sue Harper should have looked forward to. However, work-life has structure and purpose; what would life be like without it? Sue’s partner Bonnie, an artist who retired 6 month earlier, was happily enjoying the opportunities this stage in her […]

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Review of Le Glitch by Philip Ogley

Review of Le Glitch by Philip Ogley

Written by on November 20, 2019 in Book Reviews And Interviews

I have got to start this review by saying that if you are looking for a book about ‘real’ French life, told from an unusual angle, and which will have you laughing your socks off, then this is the book for you! I also have to add that it was so good that most of […]

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Regions of France

What to see and do in Petite France, Strasbourg

What to see and do in Petite France, Strasbourg

Written by on January 20, 2020 in Alsace

Perfectly preserved, the picturesque Petite France district in the city of Strasbourg, Alsace, north east France, is one of those places where visitors, on seeing it for the first time, stop in their tracks and whisper “wow”. Pretty half-timbered houses, beautifully decorated bars and restaurants and the sparkling water of the River Ill make this […]

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What to see and do in Auch, Gers

What to see and do in Auch, Gers

Written by on January 18, 2020 in Midi-Pyrénées

Located to the South West of Toulouse on the River Gers, Auch is the capital of the Gers department and the historical capital of Gascony. One of the best way to explore towns and cities is just follow your nose and get lost. But, there was much to find out about Auch before doing that. […]

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5 beautiful hilltop villages in Provence

5 beautiful hilltop villages in Provence

Written by on January 15, 2020 in Provence-Alpes

Provence is famous for its hilltop towns, known in French as villages perchés. These lovely villages, with their winding, narrow streets, were situated as high as possible, to provide protection against brigands and foreign invaders back in the old days. Today we can enjoy their charm and their fabulous views, while the only invaders are […]

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Live in france

Can you afford to retire in France?

Can you afford to retire in France?

Written by on January 17, 2020 in Retirement

I’ve been giving financial advice to English speaking clients who live outside of their home country for more than 23 years. And for 13 years, I’ve been based in France. The people I help are certainly a varied bunch of folks. Some have settled into their new country and new lifestyle very well. Others not-so-well. […]

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Tips for settling in France

Tips for settling in France

Written by on November 25, 2019 in Living in France

Getting established in any new country takes time. Here are some handy hints to help you settle in France… It may seem obvious, but for anyone moving to France, first brush up or learn to speak some French – it will make life easier and, after all, it’s only polite! There’s no getting away from […]

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Get your French property ready for winter

Get your French property ready for winter

Written by on November 19, 2019 in Insurance, Living in France

Practical tips on keeping your home in France secure and in good condition when cold weather arrives. These tips will help you get your French property ready for winter. What’s winter like in France? There are many reasons to love winters in France. The crisp blue skies on a clear day, the hearty soups and […]

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Property in France

Expert Property Guide to Maine-et-Loire

Expert Property Guide to Maine-et-Loire

Written by on October 1, 2019 in Property in France

The department of Maine-et-Loire is in the Pays-de-la-Loire region, also known as Anjou, its historic name. Located at the crossroads of Brittany, Centre, Aquitaine and Normandy in western France it’s a land of castles and vineyards, historic towns and pretty hamlets. We talk to local estate agent Darren Briers about why Maine-et-Loire is a great […]

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Comedian’s guide to starting a B&B business in France!

Comedian’s guide to starting a B&B business in France!

Written by on September 18, 2019 in Expats in France, Gîtes in France

British stand-up comedian, mod, expat, goat whisperer (maybe) – and now Chambre d’hote host – Ian Moore’s unique insights into life in the Loire Valley will make you laugh out loud… Hosts, Goats and Chambres d’Hôtes There’s a point in my first or second book, probably both, where my wife, Natalie, and I sit down […]

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What you need to know about buying a Monument Historique in France

What you need to know about buying a Monument Historique in France

Written by on September 11, 2019 in Buying a Home, Property in France

France is renowned the world over for its outstanding collection of historic buildings. Châteaux in particular are strategically scattered the length and breadth of the country. And, many are for sale as private homes and hotels. What does Monument Historique mean? Simple barns, Cistercian abbeys, ancient fortresses and fairy tale châteaux all have one thing […]

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Newsletter from France: weird driving rules & more

Bonjour Hope you had a good week. Here I think the most exciting thing to happen is the placement of new plastic life-sized Jersey cows on a traffic roundabout near where I live. I’m really not sure if they are for the benefit of drivers or the real cows who are in the fields on […]

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What to see in Fourcès Gers | Jewel of Gascony

Fourcès in the Gers department is officially one of the prettiest villages in France. With medieval arcades, beautiful walkways, quirky shops and several restaurants, it’s a fabulous place to while away a few hours admiring its beauty. Here’s what to see in Fourcès… What to see and do in Fourcès “It is” said my guide […]

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Happy New Year from France…

Bonjour Hope you had a great Christmas! Here, my animals were spoiled. The dogs got chews, the cats got toys and the chickens and ducks got treats. Everyone got a bit more chat and cuddle time on Christmas Day including Ronnie and Reggie, AKA the Kray cockerels. These beautiful brothers are inseparable and strut around […]

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