Holidays and Things to do

10 festive cities to visit in France at Christmas

10 festive cities to visit in France at Christmas

Written by on November 28, 2019 in Christmas Markets

We look at some fabulously festive cities to visit in France at Christmas. You’re guaranteed a bit of Christmas magic here! Strasbourg Head for Strasbourg‘s Christmas market. Known locally as the Christkindelsmarik, it’s the oldest in Europe. From the end of November to the end of December it’s full of beautiful lights and decorations. There […]

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The best of Burgundy wine tours

The best of Burgundy wine tours

Written by on November 27, 2019 in Tours in France

Burgundy is renowned for its wine – with villages such as Chablis and Nuits-St-Georges known throughout the world. It’s a land where Renaissance chateaux, medieval abbeys and fortified villages pepper the landscape making Burgundy an outstanding tourist destination. Burgundy Tours Burgundy has history at every turn and was once a formidable Kingdom more powerful than […]

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An incredible chateau holiday home in Dordogne

An incredible chateau holiday home in Dordogne

Written by on November 22, 2019 in Aquitaine, Holidays & Things to do

Live your very own fairy tale in Dordogne when you stay at the 500 year old Chateau de Sadillac – it’s the perfect place for to celebrate a special occasion. The Chateau, which sleeps 15, is a perfect base to discover the Dordogne from – and a great place for families and friends to get […]

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Gastronomy

Vin Chaud recipe from France

Vin Chaud recipe from France

Written by on December 6, 2019 in Wine and Drinks

The most sensational, lush, delectable French mulled wine, deep ruby red, spicy and deliciously warming, this recipe outranks all others… This vin chaud recipe takes a somewhat different approach to flavouring the wine compared to other recipes. Instead of simmering the wine with the mulling spices, leave it to steep for three days along with […]

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How to cook snails in garlic butter

How to cook snails in garlic butter

Written by on November 15, 2019 in Starters

Snails in garlic butter are the ultimate French appetiser and they’re actually quite easy to prepare at home. You can cook and serve them in shells but I like them cooked in a special snail gratin dish. If you don’t have one, use an oven proof dish to suit. Snails are a much loved dish […]

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How to make chocolate fondant cake

How to make chocolate fondant cake

Written by on November 5, 2019 in Desserts

This gooey-centred chocolate pudding is irresistible! It’s not known exactly who invented it or when though french chef Michel Bras claims to be the creator. But, whoever it was, we should all be thankful for this mellow, melt-in-your mouth classic. Here’s how to make chocolate fondant cake at home… Ingredients for 4 2 oz bittersweet […]

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Culture and Language

Review of Le Glitch by Philip Ogley

Review of Le Glitch by Philip Ogley

Written by on November 20, 2019 in Book Reviews And Interviews

I have got to start this review by saying that if you are looking for a book about ‘real’ French life, told from an unusual angle, and which will have you laughing your socks off, then this is the book for you! I also have to add that it was so good that most of […]

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Best online shop for French & Provence tablecloths

Best online shop for French & Provence tablecloths

Written by on October 14, 2019 in French Style

The south of France is defined by its colour. Azure blue skies, the deep purple of lavender fields, olive orchards, bright yellow sunflowers and lemons. Ruby red poppy fields, the turquoise Mediterranean and wine dark grapes in the vineyards. Everywhere you go, the colours of Provence and southern France are captured in a keepsake – […]

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France at a glance | The regions of France

France at a glance | The regions of France

Written by on September 5, 2019 in Culture & Language

France is the most visited country in the world with a whopping 90 million people coming to discover its charms in 2018. It’s no wonder l’Hexagone as France is nicknamed by the French (due to its shape) is so popular: with a diverse landscape which includes mountains, glorious countryside, beautiful beaches, vineyards, historic cities and […]

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Regions of France

Guide to Boulogne-sur-Mer northern France

Guide to Boulogne-sur-Mer northern France

Written by on December 4, 2019 in Nord-Pas de Calais

Boulogne-sur-Mer is where you’ll find a beautifully preserved old town and the Basilica Notre Dame which has the longest crypt in France (dating back to Roman times). Cobble stone streets, ancient buildings, a chateau museum, quirky shops and fab restaurants. And, don’t miss the UNESCO listed Belfry where you’ll see cannon balls fired on the […]

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What to see in Roubaix northern France

What to see in Roubaix northern France

Written by on November 12, 2019 in Nord-Pas de Calais

Roubaix in northern France, once an industrial powerhouse city has undergone a regeneration and is emerging as a centre of art and culture … A once thriving textile town, Roubaix is a district that’s undergone enormous change as the world of industrial output has shifted. No longer the powerhouse of production that it once was, […]

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Best things to do in Paris in Winter

Best things to do in Paris in Winter

Written by on November 11, 2019 in Paris

Winter is a great time to visit Paris, the crowds are thin (except at Christmas), the cobbled streets on the hill of Montmartre glisten with frost and the city of light is as vibrant and bustling as ever. Any time of the year, this is a city you should wander. But in winter in Paris, […]

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Live in france

Tips for settling in France

Tips for settling in France

Written by on November 25, 2019 in Living in France

Getting established in any new country takes time. Here are some handy hints to help you settle in France… It may seem obvious, but for anyone moving to France, first brush up or learn to speak some French – it will make life easier and, after all, it’s only polite! There’s no getting away from […]

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Get your French property ready for winter

Get your French property ready for winter

Written by on November 19, 2019 in Insurance, Living in France

Practical tips on keeping your home in France secure and in good condition when cold weather arrives. These tips will help you get your French property ready for winter. What’s winter like in France? There are many reasons to love winters in France. The crisp blue skies on a clear day, the hearty soups and […]

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What’s it like to live in Montpellier, southern France?

What’s it like to live in Montpellier, southern France?

Written by on November 2, 2019 in Living in France

Journalist Jenny Eagle left London for a new life in Montpellier, Occitanie (formerly Languedoc Roussillon). She fell head over heels for the stunning architecture, the vibrant buzz of the city and beautiful beaches. We talk to Jenny about what it’s like to live in Montpellier… What did you do before you moved to France? I […]

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Property in France

Expert Property Guide to Maine-et-Loire

Expert Property Guide to Maine-et-Loire

Written by on October 1, 2019 in Property in France

The department of Maine-et-Loire is in the Pays-de-la-Loire region, also known as Anjou, its historic name. Located at the crossroads of Brittany, Centre, Aquitaine and Normandy in western France it’s a land of castles and vineyards, historic towns and pretty hamlets. We talk to local estate agent Darren Briers about why Maine-et-Loire is a great […]

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Comedian’s guide to starting a B&B business in France!

Comedian’s guide to starting a B&B business in France!

Written by on September 18, 2019 in Expats in France, Gîtes in France

British stand-up comedian, mod, expat, goat whisperer (maybe) – and now Chambre d’hote host – Ian Moore’s unique insights into life in the Loire Valley will make you laugh out loud… Hosts, Goats and Chambres d’Hôtes There’s a point in my first or second book, probably both, where my wife, Natalie, and I sit down […]

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What you need to know about buying a Monument Historique in France

What you need to know about buying a Monument Historique in France

Written by on September 11, 2019 in Buying a Home, Property in France

France is renowned the world over for its outstanding collection of historic buildings. Châteaux in particular are strategically scattered the length and breadth of the country. And, many are for sale as private homes and hotels. What does Monument Historique mean? Simple barns, Cistercian abbeys, ancient fortresses and fairy tale châteaux all have one thing […]

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Recent Articles

Win a gorgeous French tablecloth

It’s giveaway time! You could win a colourful Olives Blossom round tablecloth. We’re giving one away thanks to FrenchShopping.co.uk – the French Tablecloth Shop online. Based in the UK, this family run company source all of their tablecloths from makers directly in France. And, theyship worldwide. This bright red Provence style tablecloth measures 180cm in […]

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Your weekly dose of fun from France!

Hope you had a great week. Though I am now in crazy writing mode finishing my next book (hugs, wine and chocolate needed!), I managed to sneak off to the Gers region for a few days last week. Many of us call it Gascony but that name actually hasn’t been used since before the French […]

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French Tax Rates 2020

French Tax Rates 2020

Written by on December 4, 2019 in News

A summary of French tax rates 2020, based on the budget proposals, though there may be amendments by the end of December. Reduced tax rate for lower income in France for 2020 The main change is a reduction in the income tax rates for calendar year 2020. With the inntroduction of a PAYE (pay as […]

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