Holidays and Things to do

French wine cruise in Bordeaux

French wine cruise in Bordeaux

Written by on June 12, 2018 in Tours in France

River cruises are becoming more and more popular and now you can choose to float along a river almost anywhere in the world. Bordeaux is one of the nicest places to do a wine cruise… Rolling down the River on a French Wine Cruise For our first river cruise, my husband and I joined a […]

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Museum of Roman History Nimes France

Museum of Roman History Nimes France

Enticingly opposite the 2000-year-old amphitheatre of Nimes, the brand-new museum of Roman History, Musée de la Romanité in Nimes makes for a fascinating visit. The brand-new Museum is going to be one of the top attractions for visitors to Nimes. What to see at the Musée de la Romanite The Museum of Roman History in […]

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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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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

The fabric district of Paris | buttons, baubles and beads

The fabric district of Paris | buttons, baubles and beads

Written by on June 13, 2018 in Paris, Quirky

On a cold, crisp April morning, with numb fingers, and an almost feverish determination I searched for buttons. Muscling locals aside I pounced on another matching set. My fingers became blue, nose snuffly, but the button search went on and on, till every button had been turned and either discarded or bagged as a treasure […]

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What to see and do in Le Treport Normandy

What to see and do in Le Treport Normandy

Written by on June 11, 2018 in Normandy

The coastal town of Le Treport, on the edge of Normandy where it joins to Picardy, is seemingly unremarkable at first sight. It is a quite special though when you get to know it, alongside it sister towns of Eu Mers-les- Bains. They nestle along the Channel shore line, just beyond the Somme basin. Here’s […]

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Things to do on a rainy day in Provence

Things to do on a rainy day in Provence

Written by on May 31, 2018 in Provence-Alpes

Provence is famous for clear blue skies. Its brilliant sunlight has attracted painters such as Cezanne and Matisse as well as scads of tourists. There are plenty of things to see outdoors in Provence, like the colorful ochre mines of Roussillon and the lavender fields of Sault. But what if you happen to visit when […]

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Live in france

Three reasons to seek financial advice when you’re an expat in France

Three reasons to seek financial advice when you’re an expat in France

Written by on June 13, 2018 in Financial

Whether you’re already in France or you’re considering a move to France, it’s natural to have worries and fears about your financial future. Research shows that you’re likely to gain peace of mind and to be significantly better off if you get professional advice about your long-term future financial goals and requirements. A study by […]

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The pros and cons of taking your dog to France from the US

The pros and cons of taking your dog to France from the US

Written by on June 12, 2018 in Guest Blogs, Pets And Animals

The first time I took my long-haired mini-dachshund, Ellie, to France, we spent two months traveling from Paris to Brittany and Normandy. Our last stop was the seaside resort of Agon-Coutainville, on the Cotentin peninsula which juts into the English Channel. There Ellie feasted on raw milk Camembert and prė-salė lamb. When we returned to […]

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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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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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Recent Articles

Maintaining a House in France From Afar

Buying a house in France is the dream of many but what if you live on the other side of the globe and have never even set foot in France? This describes Annette Charlton who made her dream come true and now lives between her homes in Newcastle, Australia and Brittany, France. So, is the […]

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French Lessons | Mastering verbs

A French shop assistant in Antibes’ old town asked me for the translation of a French word the other afternoon. We’d become bosom buddies in her quiet swimsuit store, but I was glad for the conversational distraction.  I hated swimsuit shopping. It brought out all my insecurities. As my new friend rang up my purchase, she complimented […]

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The very best weekly newsletter from France

Bonjour! Hope you had a good week. I missed chatting to you last week, but I was rattling over cobblestones in Paris in a funky 2CV, visiting museums and exploring the city’s restaurants. I worked off the calories cycling and getting fit at the new Villages Nature Paris, a brand-new nature and holiday resort close […]

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