Holidays and Things to do

Some of the dreamiest places in France

Some of the dreamiest places in France

Written by on April 30, 2020 in Holidays & Things to do, Places to Go

In 1787, 14 years before he became the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson toured France. He left Paris where he was based and made his way south, stopping en route at dozens of towns and cities, tasting wine, enjoying the food and writing about the people he met and the sights he […]

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History of the Louvre Museum, Paris

History of the Louvre Museum, Paris

Written by on April 13, 2020 in Museums and Châteaux

The Louvre is the world’s most famous and largest fine arts museum. It’s home to the one of the most impressive art collections in history. It’s also the most visited museum of the world with a stonking 10 million visitors a year – but it wasn’t always this way. Once it was only for royalty […]

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Writer’s retreat in Brittany

Writer’s retreat in Brittany

Written by on March 12, 2020 in Holidays & Things to do

Finding time to write. It can be a problem. We’ve all been there. We have big plans for a great story and then we have to go to work, we have to cook dinner, pick up the kids, clean the house, entertain guests, go on outings. And then after all of this extra work all […]

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Gastronomy

Recipe for Courgette Fritters | Zucchini Cakes

Recipe for Courgette Fritters | Zucchini Cakes

Written by on May 25, 2020 in Gastronomy, Starters

Courgette fritters, or zucchini cakes, depending on what side of the pond you’re on, are a really easy dish to make. They make for fabulous snacks and are just perfect with a glass of wine. They’re also good paired up with meat dishes or with tapas. We asked  chef Nadia Sammut of the Michelin Star […]

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Easy recipe for French chouquettes

Easy recipe for French chouquettes

Written by on May 19, 2020 in Desserts

Like the sweet sister of savoury Gougères, those oh so French cheesy puffs, chouqettes are delicious sugary dough balloons. The light pastry was invented in Italy in the 16th century and perfected by French chefs and renamed choux pastry in the 17th century. It’s used extensively in French cakes – eclairs, Religieuse cakes and chouquettes, […]

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How to make Tapenade at home

How to make Tapenade at home

Written by on May 15, 2020 in Starters

For me tapenade is a taste of Provence. Crushed olives, piquant tasting and utterly delicious spread onto a piece of bread, perfect with a glass of wine or Pastis. A taste of summer, of sunshine, the spirit of southern France on a spoon. According to food historians, tapenade was born from Romans preserving olives in […]

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Culture and Language

Review of Alignment by Tracy Chollet

Review of Alignment by Tracy Chollet

Written by on May 16, 2020 in Book Reviews And Interviews

A wonderful contemporary romance set in beautiful Carnac, Brittany. Tracy Chollet, the author of this award-winning beautiful work of contemporary fiction brings to life the true beauty of its setting, Carnac in Brittany, and its legendary standing stones which give it the title of the biggest megalithic site in Europe. This lovely seaside town and […]

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Guide to the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur Paris

Guide to the Basilica of Sacré-Coeur Paris

Written by on May 13, 2020 in French Icons, Paris

You might think, when you visit Montmartre and gaze at the beautiful church of Sacré-Coeur, perched on a hill in the highest part of Paris, that is has been there for centuries. There is something timeless about the iconic luminous domes, pure white walls and elegant lines. But this is a relatively modern church. The […]

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The best feel good films about France

The best feel good films about France

Written by on March 25, 2020 in Culture & Language

When I posted on The Good Life France Facebook page about five of my favourite French films  I asked my friends – what’s your favourite film set in France, about France or French? Little did I know that a whole host of fabulous recommendations would be shared. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of recommendations to […]

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Regions of France

La chartreuse de Neuville, Montreuil-sur-Mer

La chartreuse de Neuville, Montreuil-sur-Mer

Written by on May 22, 2020 in Nord-Pas de Calais

In the stunning countryside of the Seven Valleys, at the foot of the medieval hilltop town of Montreuil-sur-Mer in Pas de Calais, northern France, lies a rather large secret. A long, tree lined drive surrounded by fields and forests, makes for an impressive entrance to a grand arched doorway. Step through and you’ll enter a […]

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Musée de l’Hospice Comtesse, Lille

Musée de l’Hospice Comtesse, Lille

Written by on May 20, 2020 in Nord-Pas de Calais

Right in the centre of the old town of Lille in northern France, the Musée de l’Hospice Comtesse is a gem of a museum. From its entrance in cobbled rue de la Monnaie, you have no idea what lies behind those grand wooden doors. Set into a long wall peppered with arched windows and doorways, […]

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Magical standing stones of Carnac, Brittany

Magical standing stones of Carnac, Brittany

Written by on May 18, 2020 in Brittany

With its rows of standing stones, Carnac, on the south coast of Brittany, has long fascinated man. Along the northern side of the town, around three thousand standing stones, called menhirs in French, stretch in alignments for several kilometres. The three main alignments are Le Ménec with 1,169 stones, Kermario comprising 1,029, and Kerlescan has […]

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Live in france

Unusual Retirement Options

Unusual Retirement Options

Written by on March 25, 2020 in Retirement

So, you’ve reached retirement age. After a life time of getting up to the alarm clocks call, going to work every day, maybe caring for your family, and saving for this day – you might be wondering what options you have. And these days, you have plenty of choices including some that are not your […]

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Expat guide to the good life in Dordogne

Expat guide to the good life in Dordogne

Written by on March 2, 2020 in Living in France

The Dordogne area is one of the most popular with expats seeking a dream home in France. We talk to expat Brit, now local, Angela Martyn from London about what it is about Dordogne that’s so alluring… What inspired you to move to Dordogne I came on holiday to France with my architect husband and […]

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The Expat Good Life in Pyrénées-Atlantiques

The Expat Good Life in Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Written by on February 29, 2020 in Living in France

The Pyrénées-Atlantiques department is in the far southwest of France in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It borders Spain and includes the seaside superstar Biarritz, mountains and glorious countryside. Taking its name from the Pyrenees mountains and the Atlantic Ocean, the department is roughly half Pays Basque Country and half Béarn. We talk to Charlie Ellis, an […]

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Property in France

Expert guide to Property in Provence

Expert guide to Property in Provence

Written by on April 28, 2020 in Property in France

Who doesn’t long to live in picture postcard pretty Provence? It’s the dream for so many, surrounded by lavender fields, relaxing in hilltop villages, enjoying the local rosé. We talk to Denis Descampes. Originally from Brittany he fell head over heels for the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and moved there to enjoy the southern French good […]

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Expert property guide to Tarn-et-Garonne

Expert property guide to Tarn-et-Garonne

Written by on April 25, 2020 in Expats in France, Property in France

Tarn-et-Garonne in south west France is one of the smallest departments in France but that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty to fall in love with. Named for the two mighty rivers which flow through it – the Tarn and the Garonne, it’s an area of outstanding natural beauty, gorges and forests, fields and vineyards pepper […]

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Expert property guide to Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Expert property guide to Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Written by on February 29, 2020 in Property in France

Pyrénées-Atlantiques is a department in the southwest corner of France. It takes its name from the Pyrénées mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The region is split between two distinct areas: Pays Basque Country and Béarn. We talk to local property agent Charlie Ellis to get an expert view of property in the region… What areas […]

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French hairdressers and pigstys – your weekly dose of France

Bonjour, I truly hope you and yours are well. Here in France, each day it feels a little bit more normal. A new normal for sure, but more like the old normal. While I was walking the dogs one morning this week I saw “Young Man” going to work in his van for the first […]

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Bonjour, I truly hope you and yours are well. I didn’t think my animal life could get much odder until I opened the front door to find a blackbird eating out of the cat food bowl I leave for strays on the doorstep and two very fat hedgehogs rolling about in the cat food bowl […]

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What to see in Saint-Cirq-Lapopie in the Lot Department

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie in the Lot department in southern France, is a cliff hanger of a village – quite literally. Perched on a cliff top, the River Lot curls its way along the bottom of the limestone cliff. From the top, the canoeists and kayakers who paddle their way down look tiny. Here’s what to see in […]

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