Holidays and Things to do

What compensation to expect when your flight to France is delayed or cancelled

What compensation to expect when your flight to France is delayed or cancelled

Written by on March 7, 2019 in Holiday Travel

It’s truly horrible when you’ve planned your perfect trip to France, everything is packed, you’re so ready to go… and then you’re told right at the last minute that your flight has been cancelled. Apart from the big let-down, you may lose your money. However, there are ways you can achieve flight cancellation compensation. Here […]

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Bleu de Pastel Dye Workshop in Toulouse

Bleu de Pastel Dye Workshop in Toulouse

Written by on March 5, 2019 in Tours in France

Toulouse is a colourful city – a place of rose coloured brick buildings under a deep blue sky. It’s always been colourful. In fact, it’s where the dye which coloured the cloth worn by the Kings of France was created. And, to this day, a few artisans have carried on the legacy of those early […]

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Meribel: Little England in the French Alps…

Meribel: Little England in the French Alps…

Written by on March 4, 2019 in Ski

If you crave beautiful Alpine runs, dramatic mountain backdrops, sun, fantastic ski conditions and lovely wide pistes – then you’ll certainly be in your element if you follow in our snowy footsteps to Meribel. Meribel – Picturesque resort As a seasoned skier, and regular visitor to the Alps over the last decade, I’m no stranger […]

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Gastronomy

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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Recipe for French gingerbread Pain d’Epices

Recipe for French gingerbread Pain d’Epices

Written by on January 22, 2019 in Desserts

Whenever I visit the small town of Buxy in France’s Côte Chalonnaise, you will likely find me at the tiny market held in the centre ville on Thursday mornings. Though there aren’t many stalls, every-thing on offer is absolutely delicious. I especially look forward to stopping by the stand selling honey and French gingerbread, or […]

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Chestnut cream-filled meringues with chocolate sauce

Chestnut cream-filled meringues with chocolate sauce

Written by on January 22, 2019 in Desserts

Taking hardly any time at all to prepare these sweet, crunchy meringues filled with chestnut cream and covered in hot chocolate sauce are a dreamy dessert! Serves 6 Preparation time: 10 minutes 1.5 cups (200g) thick crème fraiche 1 heaped tablespoon mascarpone 2 teaspoons sweet chestnut purée (crème de marrons) 50z (150g) bittersweet chocolate 5 […]

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Culture and Language

Carrieres de Lumieres, sound and light shows Paris and Provence

Carrieres de Lumieres, sound and light shows Paris and Provence

Written by on March 18, 2019 in Art and Artists

 What do an abandoned quarry and an old iron foundry have in common? They both house magical sound-and-light shows that must be seen to be believed. The Carrières de Lumières (“Quarries of Light”) has been operating for decades near the mountaintop fortress of Les Baux-de-Provence, and is one of the most popular tourist sites in […]

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In the footsteps of the Impressionists on the Alabaster Coast of France

In the footsteps of the Impressionists on the Alabaster Coast of France

Written by on March 15, 2019 in Art and Artists

Claude Monet’s paintings of the Alabaster coast in Normandy, and in particular Etretat, are hung on the walls of the most prestigious art museums throughout the world. (Above: Etretat painted by Monet in 1885, now hangs in the Musee des Beaux Arts, Dijon). Monet spent time in the Etretat fishing village in February of 1883. […]

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French Farce by Stanley George | Review

French Farce by Stanley George | Review

Written by on March 1, 2019 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Stanley George, his wife, and two dogs Fritz and Truda took a leap into a new life in France thirteen years ago, after enjoying many holidays there. Both retired, house sold, with the world their oyster they hadn’t decided on the region they were going to live in, however they knew it would be a […]

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Regions of France

Five top tips for choosing a great restaurant in Paris

Five top tips for choosing a great restaurant in Paris

Written by on March 19, 2019 in Paris

With thousands of restaurants to choose from in Paris, just how do you pick the authentic and delicious eatery you’ve been dreaming of? Paris may be full of eating choices but not all restaurants and cafés are created equal. And it isn’t just about picking a place without English menus (in fact, this rule has […]

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Cycling in the Pays de la Loire

Cycling in the Pays de la Loire

Written by on March 14, 2019 in Pays de la Loire

France offers a vast network of cycle routes across all regions, with some of the best of them in the Pays de la Loire region. With 2,800km of cycle routes, the Pays de la Loire really does offer something for all levels of riders. In 2018 the Grand Depart of the Tour de France was […]

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Things for families to do in the Pays de la Loire, France

Things for families to do in the Pays de la Loire, France

Written by on March 13, 2019 in Pays de la Loire

The vast and varied region of Pays de la Loire (Atlantic Loire Valley) is a fabulous holiday destination when you have the kids in tow, from its crazy cultural attractions to endless cycling and watersports. It’s home to zoos, interactive museums, giant mechanical creatures to ride, a world-famous race track and France’s second most-visited amusement […]

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Live in france

Taking your dog to France from Canada

Taking your dog to France from Canada

Written by on March 11, 2019 in Holidays with Pets

“Just borrow a dog for a few hours,” a Toronto friend once told me. I was trying to figure out ways to become more local – to connect more deeply – during the three-or-so months that we spent in the South of France each year. I could see myself gliding through Antibes’ streets with little […]

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Preparing your pet for travel post-Brexit

Preparing your pet for travel post-Brexit

Written by on March 1, 2019 in Passports and Vaccinations, Pets And Animals

Social media remains awash with post Brexit scaremongering! ‘They’re going to abolish the pet passport system’ is just one headline I’ve read recently, although it doesn’t appear to have any foundation in fact. For those of us who now regularly travel with our pets (I’m predominantly talking about dogs, but I have met a few […]

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Your garden birds need you

Your garden birds need you

Written by on February 12, 2019 in Pets And Animals

There has been a sharp decline in many common garden birds across the whole of Europe over the last 40 years.  Winter and early Spring often present bleak and extremely cold conditions, with long periods of sub-zero temperatures in many parts of France.  It’s important to remember that birds die of hunger, rather than cold, […]

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Property in France

10 tips for running a gite business in France

10 tips for running a gite business in France

Written by on February 25, 2019 in Gîtes in France

The last few years have seen unprecedented numbers of buyers seeking homes in France and particularly homes that can be run as a gite business. It seems that TV shows like Place in the Sun and Escape to the Chateau have fuelled the desires of many Brits to give up the rat race and escape […]

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Cheap properties for sale in Charente, Poitou Charentes

Cheap properties for sale in Charente, Poitou Charentes

Written by on February 4, 2019 in Property for sale

The department of Charente in southwest France, is in Nouvelle Aquitaine, previously known as Poitou-Charentes. It’s one of the sunniest corners of France with roughly 25% more sunshine hours than the UK. Served by excellent motorways, airports close by, plus fast trains to Paris from the departmental capital Angouleme. There are plenty of opportunities for […]

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Top tips to help you with your move to France

Top tips to help you with your move to France

Written by on February 2, 2019 in Buying a Home

Dick and Angel Strawbridge of Escape to the Chateau fame share their top tips for those dreaming of buying a chateau and moving to France. But these do’s and don’t’s are good for anyone making the move to the good life in France… Key things to consider when you move to France Location is key: […]

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Recent Articles

French bread, a car rally and cossetted cats newsletter

Bonjour, Hope you had a great week. As I write this the Le Touquet car rally is going on outside. It’s an annual event which apparently kickstarts the rally season in France. It also shakes my pigsty/office, as what sounds like hundreds of drivers fling their cars down our little rue and round hairpin bends […]

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Weekly newsletter from France | Bon Weekend!

Bonjour Hope you had a good week. Here, I thought maybe it was time to build an ark – the rain we’ve had! Thank you so much to everyone who sent such lovely messages about poor old Gregory Peck Jr the sick cockerel. I’m sorry to tell you that he has departed for a heavenly […]

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How the French do politics

I live part of the year in Provence and one day I was reading Le Monde and a headline about a “sexy politician” caught my eye. “Well, those are two words you don’t see together very often,” I thought. So I read the article and found out that there had been a poll asking French […]

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