Holidays and Things to do

The fabulous Hotel Marignan Champs-Elysées Paris

The fabulous Hotel Marignan Champs-Elysées Paris

Written by on August 16, 2017 in Holidays & Things to do, Paris

The Hotel Marignan Champs-Elysées is pure luxury, from the entrance with its smart doorman to the dining room with its modern trompe l’oeil, bar with comfy chairs and a grand piano and rooms that are elegantly decorated. On the edge of the Avenue du Champs-Elysees, a few yards from the metro station and right in […]

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The Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte France and it’s incredible history

The Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte France and it’s incredible history

Written by on August 11, 2017 in Museums and Châteaux

The Chateau of Vaux-Le-Vicomte in Maincy, around an hour from Paris, is one of those places that looks utterly gorgeous in photos but when you see it for real looks even better. You may have seen it recently and not even realised. If you’re a fan of the TV series “Versailles”, the raunchy bonk-buster serial […]

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The Monumental Palais des Papes Avignon Provence

The Monumental Palais des Papes Avignon Provence

Written by on August 10, 2017 in Museums and Châteaux, Provence-Alpes

I’d heard of the Palais des Papes in the Provencal town of Avignon. I’d seen photos and even knew a little bit of history though not much. But it hadn’t at all prepared me for seeing it in person. The sheer overwhelming size of this towering palace in which Popes once lived is mind boggling. […]

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Gastronomy

The historic restaurant Moulin de la Galette Montmatre Paris

The historic restaurant Moulin de la Galette Montmatre Paris

Written by on August 14, 2017 in Gastronomy, Paris

Le Moulin de la Galette is a Paris legend, immortalised by none other than the great painter Renoir. Today it’s a restaurant, just as it was when he visited and it’s incredible that we’re able to sit in the shadow of this grand windmill and enjoy a delicious meal, as people have been doing for […]

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Blackberry Muffins Recipe from France

Blackberry Muffins Recipe from France

Written by on August 2, 2017 in Desserts

From the kitchen of France based foodie Karen Burns-Booth, a delicious blackberry muffins recipe that’s really irresistible… Ingredients 400g fresh or frozen blackeberries (well drained and defrosted if frozen) 100g caster sugar 100g melted butter 300g self raising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 large free-range eggs beaten with 150mls milk (or 150mls buttermilk) 1 […]

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Blackberry Jam recipe from France

Blackberry Jam recipe from France

Written by on August 2, 2017 in Desserts

  From the kitchen of cook Karen Burns-Booth in France, a delicious blackberry jam recipe – oh la la! Ingredients 450g of blackberries, fresh 450g of white cane sugar 1 lemon, juiced 1 Place the blackberries and lemon juice in a large pan and simmer gently for about 15 minutes until the fruit is soft […]

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Culture and Language

Paws Before Bedtime The story of Twilight: the retirement home for dogs

Paws Before Bedtime The story of Twilight: the retirement home for dogs

Written by on August 14, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews, Pets And Animals

As an animal lover, I have supported, sponsored and admired all my life the people who run animal sanctuaries, not only because of the wonderful rescues they do, giving animals who were unloved, ill-treated, abandoned or uncared for a new chance of life, but also I admire their ability to be strong enough to be […]

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The Streets of Paris by Susan Cahill

The Streets of Paris by Susan Cahill

Written by on August 3, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews

“Beauty is in the streets, “ they say in Paris. Travelers, like Parisians themselves, have their favorites. And as the city evolves and erupts, the streets change, Parisians come and go. But the beauty remains. The streets’ multiple personalities – charming, elegant, dirty, broken, haunted, lyrical – wind along the past and present, through the […]

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French berets from the world’s most specialised beret seller

French berets from the world’s most specialised beret seller

Written by on August 2, 2017 in French Icons, French Style

The beret – there’s nothing quite like it to define French-ness. The beret is an icon, a fashion accessory and a statement – it’s instantly recognisable as a symbol of France all over the world.  You only have to see someone wearing one and you can’t help thinking of France and French flair. Of course […]

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Regions of France

Loubressac in the the Lot Dordogne

Loubressac in the the Lot Dordogne

Written by on August 16, 2017 in Midi-Pyrénées

Feel free to challenge me, but there is no more delicious goat’s cheese than Rocamadour Fermier, made at the Ferme Cazal in Loubressac, and served with warm honey. Have lunch in the Restaurant Lou Cantou in Loubressac, with a view reaching out across the stunning Causse de Gramat, and finish your meal with the cheese; […]

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The beautiful village of Autoire in the Dordogne

The beautiful village of Autoire in the Dordogne

Written by on August 16, 2017 in Midi-Pyrénées

Autoire in the Lot Department has gathered its heritage of pigeon lofts, brown tiled roofs and country manor houses in the hollow of a cirque on the limestone plateau between Figeac and Gramat over centuries; yet it remains small enough not even to register on some tourist maps. The village takes its name from the […]

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The Causse de Gramat Quercy France

The Causse de Gramat Quercy France

Written by on August 14, 2017 in Midi-Pyrénées

The Causse de Gramat is the northernmost of the causses of Quercy, a group of vibrant, shimmering limestone plateaus between the Lot and the Dordogne. Quercy was one of the provinces of pre-Napoleonic France and has a history of repeated invasion from Roman times. By the 10th century, it was ruled by the counts of […]

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Live in france

The Expat Good Life in Nontron Dordogne

The Expat Good Life in Nontron Dordogne

Written by on July 25, 2017 in Expats in France, Living in France

When Linda Chamberlin from the UK met up with someone she met on a school exchange trip 22 years on, she little knew how much it would change her life. Living the good life in Nontron Linda Chamberlin left her home in a small fishing village in Cornwall, England, to move to France in 2010 […]

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The expat good life in Mayenne Pays de la Loire

The expat good life in Mayenne Pays de la Loire

Written by on July 25, 2017 in Expats in France, Living in France

Mayenne in the Pays de la Loire is the ideal place for a gîte business say expat Brits Zara Bampton and Simon King… Running a gite in Mayenne When Zara Bampton and Simon King reached their mid-50’s they decided to it was time to follow their dreams and move to France. Simon had worked in […]

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Wealth Tax France Update for 2017

Wealth Tax France Update for 2017

Written by on July 24, 2017 in Financial, Retirement, Tax

During election campaigning in France, President Macron stated that he wanted to review taxes and make reductions for businesses and individuals. One of the most unpopular taxes in France is the wealth tax. Under current rules (2017) as a French resident, taxable wealth includes worldwide assets such as property, jewellery, cars and investments. Several months […]

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Property in France

How to buy affordable property Cote d’Azur France

How to buy affordable property Cote d’Azur France

Many of us think of the Cote d’Azur as a place of dreams that we’ll never be able to afford. It’s where the millionaires go – but we don’t all have millions. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. We talked to local agent Tim Clark about property in the area and discovered that […]

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The Good Life in Landes, Pays Basques France

The Good Life in Landes, Pays Basques France

Written by on July 19, 2017 in Buying a Home, Property in France

We talk to Mathilde de Saint Martin who lives in Landes in south west France. Landes is one of those places that the French love and foreigners rarely hear of. With 100km of sandy beaches and numerous resorts on the Atlantic Coast; inland there are forests and valleys with picturesque villages and Roman ruins. It’s […]

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Guide to house types in the Pays Basque France

Guide to house types in the Pays Basque France

Written by on July 19, 2017 in Buying a Home, Property in France

We asked local estate agent Mathilde de Saint Martin about the type of housing you can buy in the Pays Basque area and Landes: Traditional basque-style building A “baserri” is a traditional half-timbered or stone-built type of  farmhouse found in the Basque Country in Northern Spain and Southwestern France. The baserris, with their gently sloping roofs and entrance portals, are highly characteristic of the region […]

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Jardin du Luxembourg the perfect Paris Park

If you’re in Paris on a Sunday and you visit the Jardin du Luxembourg, you’ll certainly feel like a local as it’s one of the favourite parks for Parisians… What to see at the Jardin du Luxembourg The Jardin du Luxembourg is situated in the 6th arrondissement between the Quartier Latin and Saint Germain des […]

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Visit to historic Dunkirk France

Dunkirk or Dunkerque? To many of us Dunkirk means the evacuation of the British army in 1940 from the French beaches and our famous ‘Dunkirk Spirit’ attitude. To the French, Dunkerque means a city on the border with Belgium with wide, safe sandy beaches and a huge commercial port. But since the release of Christopher […]

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Avignon Provence, a gorgeous chateau, moving to Paris and more newsletter from France

Hope your week was good and you’re having better weekend weather than me! We’ve had rain and thunder and lightning this week and it’s not feeling much like summer I can tell you. But, the garden is full of jewel like colours – and all the beautiful flowers and leaves are just too tempting to […]

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