Holidays and Things to do

3 Christmas Festivals in France 2018 

3 Christmas Festivals in France 2018 

Written by on November 17, 2018 in Christmas Markets

Hundreds of wonderful festivals take place in France for Christmas – from quirky and authentic events like the Licques Turkey Parade to the huge Festival of Lights in Lyon attended by huge crowds. Going to a Christmas market is one of the great festivities of the season – so, where ever you are in France […]

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Christmas Markets Paris 2018 Dates and Details

Christmas Markets Paris 2018 Dates and Details

Written by on November 7, 2018 in Christmas Markets

Christmas markets Paris: Join in the fun, enjoy the ambience and get some fab goodies for the festive season… The Christmas lights will be switched on in Paris on 22 November. Thousands of lights and decorations in more than 125 squares and streets will twinkle, flash and glitter. The ‘Scintillance’ lights display by Blachère Illuminations […]

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The Enchanting Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau Loire Valley

The Enchanting Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau Loire Valley

Written by on November 4, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux

On a hot summer’s night, after dinner at the lovely Hotel Le Grand Monarque in the bijou town of Azay-le-Rideau, I decided to stroll through the town’s pretty little streets. I was sure I could take a peek at the famous Chateau through its ornate iron gates, ahead of a visit planned for the next […]

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Gastronomy

Recipe for Ratatouille Tian a classic dish of Provence

Recipe for Ratatouille Tian a classic dish of Provence

Written by on October 25, 2018 in Main Courses

You may not know what a tian is, but if you’ve seen the movie Ratatouille, you’ll be familiar with a version of this presentation of vegetables sliced thinly, cooked and served in an elegant stack. The dish you see in the movie was created by Chef Thomas Keller (of The French Laundry, among other restaurants), […]

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The gastronomy of Nice southern France

The gastronomy of Nice southern France

Written by on October 20, 2018 in Gastronomy, Provence-Alpes

The gastronomy of Nice is part of its heritage. It’s one of only two cities in France to do so. Lyon, often called the gastronomic capital of France, is the other one. Lyon had better look out though because Nice is catching up. And, if you ask a Nicois, they will of course assure you […]

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How to make Crème Caramel classic French desssert

How to make Crème Caramel classic French desssert

Written by on October 11, 2018 in Desserts

This delicious recipe for crème caramel comes from the cook book In the French Kitchen with Kids: Easy, Everyday Dishes for the Whole Family to Make and Enjoy by Mardi Michels of popular blog eat.live.travel.write In her first book, Mardi shows that French food doesn’t have to be complicated. The result is an elegant, approachable cookbook featuring […]

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Culture and Language

French Immersion course in Provence

French Immersion course in Provence

Written by on October 22, 2018 in Courses, French Language, Learn French

If you really want to improve your French, then a total immersion course in France is the very best way to do it. It’s also a lot of fun when you join Goût et Voyage, the taste and travel company, on their fabulous week long cultural and gastronomic full French immersion course in the heart […]

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A glimpse of the future at the Millau Viaduct  Aveyron France

A glimpse of the future at the Millau Viaduct Aveyron France

Written by on October 21, 2018 in French Icons, Midi-Pyrénées

The river and gorges of the Tarn are well known and undoubtedly it’s worth losing yourself for a while here in what is the deepest canyon in France. But this really is a place where the vastness of nature meets the enormity of human creation. And, if the Pont du Gard transports you back to […]

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Why do an Immersion course in France?

Why do an Immersion course in France?

Written by on October 1, 2018 in Learn French, Tours in France

Do you speak a little French but want to learn how to speak with a real French accent and increase your knowledge of both the language and France whilst having a brilliant time? Or perhaps you’re a beginner and you would love to start your journey of learning French in a fun and authentic atmosphere. […]

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Regions of France

10 things to do in Toulouse

10 things to do in Toulouse

Written by on November 16, 2018 in Midi-Pyrénées

Toulouse is around 60 miles from the  Spanish border and its sunny neighbour definitely influences the flavour of this vibrant city. From lively bistros and bodegas in elegant squares to a penchant for tango dancing and al fresco dining, lively Toulouse is a great place for a city break. There’s plenty to do and see […]

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10 things to do on Christmas Eve in Paris

10 things to do on Christmas Eve in Paris

Written by on November 12, 2018 in Paris

Christmas Eve in Paris – there’s nowhere quite like it. Lights sparkle in the streets and windows twinkle with tempting displays. People with a spot of final shopping to do dash about and those lucky enough to be finished their purchases take a break, wrapped up warm, sipping hot chocolate or perhaps Champagne at a […]

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What to see and do in Cassel Hauts-de-France

What to see and do in Cassel Hauts-de-France

Written by on November 8, 2018 in Nord-Pas de Calais

Approach the town of Cassel in the department of Nord, Hauts-de-France, from the flat countryside passing field after field. Cars wind their way helter-skelter-like, up and around the Mont of Cassel until suddenly, they reach the cobbled roads that lead into the small town with big views at the top of this famous hill of […]

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Live in france

How to choose the right Financial adviser for expats in France

How to choose the right Financial adviser for expats in France

Written by on November 13, 2018 in Financial

As an expat in France, when you search for a financial adviser, how can you be assured that they are right for you? In principle there are three categories of adviser: Tied, Restricted and Independent. Tied Advisers in France In France there are insurance company agents working almost in every town – they typically represent just […]

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Fabulous wedding venues in France

Fabulous wedding venues in France

When it comes to celebrating your wedding in France, there’s loads of choice for romantic venues and places that will create the memories you want from your special day. If you want to have a party or celebration of your wedding in France – that’s easy, just pick a venue that’s in the area you […]

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A British snail farmer in France

A British snail farmer in France

Written by on October 30, 2018 in Expats in France, Living in France

Mike Collins  from the UK went to France as a young man to study languages. He got a job with a large company and in his job he travelled a lot around France. He loved discovering new places and new tastes and developed a penchant for snails, the very French foodie favourite. On a whim, […]

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Property in France

Property review on the west coast of France

Property review on the west coast of France

Written by on November 3, 2018 in Property in France

France’s Atlantic coastline offers something for everyone, from Brittany’s wild and rugged Finistère to the chic beach towns around La Rochelle, to surfing meccas around Biarritz. Liz Rowlinson asks the experts at Leggett Immobillier to pick five tempting places for you to consider… Starting in the north, where Brittany juts far out into the Atlantic, […]

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Top Tips for running a successful B&B in France

Top Tips for running a successful B&B in France

Written by on November 1, 2018 in Gîtes in France

Peter Friend, joint owner of the award winning B&B La Villa Mazamet in the Tarn shares his top tips. The villa has been named France’s top luxurious B&B for several years and, says Peter, there are lots of things you can do to make your own B&B have a better chance of success… Location Location […]

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4 different ways to start a new life in France ahead of Brexit

4 different ways to start a new life in France ahead of Brexit

Written by on October 30, 2018 in Buying a Home, Property in France

If you could start a new life in France, where would you go and what would you do? Out of the 4 million Brits currently living abroad, around 150,000 live in France. While the majority are over 55, according to an HSBC report, France is rated third in the world for families, partly because school […]

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Recent Articles

Bon weekend from a very early morning in France

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. This morning I was up way before the sun rose. I couldn’t sleep, I have no idea why, I’m off to Paris next week so perhaps it’s excitement! I made a cup of tea and headed out the garden to my little office in the pigsty to do […]

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Expats living the good life in the Aude, Languedoc Roussillon

We talk to Suzanne Sutton who left the UK for Languedoc Roussillon, southern France. She’s an agent for the award-winning Leggett Immobillier French Estate Agents and says this sunny area is great for expats to live. Where do you live in France? I live in a little village of around 90 residents, called Granès, in […]

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Wishing you a bon weekend from France

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. Here everything is about commemorating the centenary of the end of the Great War this weekend. Everywhere I go in the north of France there are posters detailing remembrance events. Trees are adorned with poppy and cornflower coverings (you can see a photo here on my Instagram page). […]

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