Holidays and Things to do

The magnificent Jazz in Vienne festival

The magnificent Jazz in Vienne festival

Written by on May 23, 2018 in Music Events, Rhône Alpes

There’s no denying that the French love a festival, their many and diverse street celebrations always seem to bring out the soul and essence of a city. And surprisingly, the sleepy and historic city of Vienne in the Isère department of the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region in the south east of France, is no exception. […]

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Tour South of France in style | Provence to Cotes du Rhone

Tour South of France in style | Provence to Cotes du Rhone

Written by on May 14, 2018 in Tours in France

Discover the most wonderful places in the south of France from Provence to Cotes du Rhone on this luxury 10-day, small group tour. Explore the sun-drenched region of Provence as well as Nice and Lyon. Highlights include visits to the monumental Palais des Papes in Avignon, exquisite Aix-en-Provence, beautiful Saint-Remy, always lovely Saint-Paul-de-Vence, the fragrant Luberon […]

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Here’s France’s Top 5 Golf Courses For This Summer

Here’s France’s Top 5 Golf Courses For This Summer

Written by on May 13, 2018 in Golf

Summer is coming very soon, and for many of us, it simply means that it is the time for golf and vacation. If you are currently planning a golf trip to Europe, make sure to include France on your list. Being one of the most popular golf destinations in Europe, France is the home to […]

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Gastronomy

3 luxury restaurants for an indulgent dinner in Paris

3 luxury restaurants for an indulgent dinner in Paris

Written by on April 23, 2018 in Celebrity Chefs, Paris

There are thousands of restaurants in Paris and choosing where to go for dinner when you’re only in the city for a short while can be a challenge. Long term American expat in Paris., writer and foodie Barbara Paquet-James reveals where Parisians go when they want to indulge in a luxurious dinner in the city… […]

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Tomates à la Provençale | Provencal Tomatoes recipe

Tomates à la Provençale | Provencal Tomatoes recipe

Written by on April 22, 2018 in Starters

The perfect side dish for a barbecue, these roasted tomatoes from Provence call for a glass of chilled rosé and some delicious grilled meat or fish. They also use herbs that are classic in southern France, and often called herbes de Provence in France. Prep time: 5 minutes • Cook time: 20 minutes • Serves 4 […]

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American craft beer finds favour in Paris

American craft beer finds favour in Paris

Written by on April 19, 2018 in Wine and Drinks

An elegant interior of marble fireplaces, ceiling high, gilt-edged mirrors, crystal chandeliers and ornate furniture formed an unlikely backdrop for a beer and food matching dinner with a twist.  This was no ordinary setting and no ordinary dinner!  The Brewers Association, a not-for-proft trade body representing small and independent American craft brewers, was the guest […]

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Culture and Language

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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Yves Saint Laurent Museum Paris

Yves Saint Laurent Museum Paris

Written by on May 7, 2018 in French Icons, Paris

Yves Saint Laurent was a genius – a visionary who became a legend at an early age. Today his name graces a variety of products from luxurious cosmetics to high-end handbags. Knowing a bit about his background will enhance your visit to this excellent new museum. Early Yves Saint Laurent Saint Laurent’s career began with […]

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Regions of France

4 great day trip destinations in the department of Manche, Normandy

4 great day trip destinations in the department of Manche, Normandy

Written by on May 25, 2018 in Normandy

Normandy has just about everything for holiday makers to France – picturesque villages, gorgeous sandy beaches, historic towns, exquisite countryside and the most delicious gastronomy. Wherever you go on holiday in Normandy, you’ll find some fabulous day trip destinations not far away including the world famous Mont-St-Michel. Here are four more of our favourites in […]

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Top tips to help you do 5 star Paris on a budget

Top tips to help you do 5 star Paris on a budget

Written by on May 25, 2018 in Paris

We might all hanker after a 5 star visit to the city of light but for most of us, it’s way beyond our budget. However, with a little know-how, you can enjoy 5 star style and not have to take out a bank loan. 5 Star Paris Dining and Drinking without breaking the bank If […]

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What to see and do in Bastide Saint-Louis Carcassonne

What to see and do in Bastide Saint-Louis Carcassonne

Written by on May 15, 2018 in Languedoc-Roussillon

Back in the middle ages, a new Carcassonne was created at the base of the hill of the ancient citadelle of Carcassonne. The town of lower Carcassone was built on the left bank of the river Aude and is called the Bastide Saint-Louis. Most visitors to Carcassonne miss it completely and what a shame that […]

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Live in france

The good life for expats in Riberac Dordgone

The good life for expats in Riberac Dordgone

Written by on May 21, 2018 in Expats in France, Living in France

We talk to British expat Linda James who with her husband Alex runs Le Pommier gites and a cake making business in Riberac, Dordogne department, Aquitaine, south west France. What inspired you to move to Riberac? Coming here on holiday, I fell in love with the sunny weather, the stunning countryside, being able to swim […]

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When it comes to income tax in France good planning is essential

When it comes to income tax in France good planning is essential

Written by on May 15, 2018 in Financial, Retirement, Tax

Talk of income tax in France is something that can cause the jitters. But if you’re thinking about buying a second home in France, or making a complete move, the advantages from a tax perspective may represent great value. Jennie Poate, Head of Operations, France for Beacon Global Wealth Management explains… Income tax in France There […]

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What’s it really like to live in France?

What’s it really like to live in France?

Written by on May 14, 2018 in Living in France

We’ve all heard about the high quality of life, superb climate and low crime rate. Joanna Leggett of Leggett Immobilier looks more closely at the practical issues. The golden rule: You get out what you put in Even if your French is basic, your efforts to communicate will be appreciated. Try to learn the language. […]

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Property in France

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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Real life Escape to the Chateau properties for sale in France

Real life Escape to the Chateau properties for sale in France

Half of Britain it seems, is glued to the TV series Escape to the Chateau featuring the lovely Angel and Dick who bought a castle and have been doing it up before our eyes. They’ve also taken starring roles in Escape to the Chateau DIY, a TV series in which we get to see the […]

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Three tantalising bargain properties in Provence

Three tantalising bargain properties in Provence

Written by on March 28, 2018 in Property for sale

I have a home in the north of France, known for its lush and gorgeous countryside. There’s a reason its so green though, it rains a fair bit. I don’t mind, I’m from the UK, we Brits are used to that sort of weather. Every now and again though, I hanker after a bit of […]

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Bonjour from France! We’ve had such good weather where I am that it’s been possible to crack on with the renovation at quite a pace. It’s looking like half building site and half lovely rustic French farmhouse in the front now. After 14 years of dreaming of blue shutters, roses and a pretty gate I’m […]

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What to see and do in Carcassonne France

Almost always the first place that all visitors head to when they go to Carcassonne is the old city. You can see it from miles around and it is a sight that’s memorable. A chateau perched on top of a hill surrounded by ramparts dotted with fairy tale pointy turrets that contain an entire medieval […]

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Bonjour from a buzzy week in France!

Hope you had a good week. Something strange happened here. I was sitting in my little pigsty writing away (there are no pigs in here now, it’s been rebuilt as a little office for me). I was writing about beautiful Burgundy and its dreamy chateaux (coming up in next issue of the Magazine). It was […]

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