Holidays and Things to do

Going to the Tour de France

Going to the Tour de France

Written by on June 23, 2017 in Culture & Language, Tours in France

Have you ever flipped through the channels in July and come across the Tour de France?  Do you wonder where all those crazy people came from, how did they get alongside the road waving their flags? Why do they wear such outlandish outfits or nothing at all! My husband and I enjoy France, we spent […]

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Bastille Day Antiques Market in Montreuil-sur-Mer Hauts de France

Bastille Day Antiques Market in Montreuil-sur-Mer Hauts de France

Written by on June 20, 2017 in Markets, Nord-Pas de Calais

If you happen to be in the little town of Montreuil-sur-Mer on July 14, the major French public holiday of Bastille Day, you’re in for a treat. Every year on this day, the town stages a spectacular antiques market that spreads across the whole upper town centre. Montreuil-sur-Mer is a very handsome French town that has become […]

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Walking the Chemin de Compostela Pilgrims Route in France

Walking the Chemin de Compostela Pilgrims Route in France

Written by on June 19, 2017 in Guest Blogs, Tours in France

The Camino de Santiago (called le Chemin de Compostela in France) has become very famous in recent years helped by the release of an American movie called The Way. With a handful of stars but not much budget to promote, the film was a success largely by word of mouth sharing. It’s the tale of […]

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Gastronomy

French and Parfait – how to cook perfect French style!

French and Parfait – how to cook perfect French style!

Written by on June 13, 2017 in Celebrity Chefs, Gastronomy

Cecile Delarue is a cook, journalist, blogger and author and blogger at ‘French and Parfait’ where she takes as a fun and tongue in cheek look at French cuisine and life. Cecile says “French women are just the best. That’s how we’re born. Parfaites!  We don’t get fat, we never sleep alone AND our kids […]

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Reasons to Love France No. 2 | French Cheese

Reasons to Love France No. 2 | French Cheese

Written by on May 12, 2017 in Gastronomy, My French Life

There’s something about the cheeses of France that seduces and entices all cheese lovers. It doesn’t matter that other countries produce delicious cheeses, more cheeses, different cheeses. French cheese has that certain je ne sais quoi. Why French cheese is so special Take Camembert for example, or Brie… or Reblochon, Munster, Maroilles, Comte, Roquefort – […]

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Learn to Cook in Normandy | Perfect French cooking experience

Learn to Cook in Normandy | Perfect French cooking experience

Chef Spencer Richards from the UK spent years taking holidays in Normandy with this family. He loved the culture and the history and especially the fabulous gastronomy of the northern French region. Eventually he couldn’t resist the lure of Normandy any more. He moved to St Hilaire Du Harcouet, Manche, and set up Normandy Cooking […]

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Culture and Language

The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater

The Lost Girl by Carol Drinkwater

Written by on June 23, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews

We talk to actress and author Carol Drinkwater about her book THE LOST GIRL (June 2017)… I am frequently asked where the inspiration for one of my books came from. The answer is that it is very difficult to pin down that unattainable breath of something, that whispered thought that grabs you and begins to […]

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Go green at le Cabaret Vert in Charleville-Mezieres France

Go green at le Cabaret Vert in Charleville-Mezieres France

Written by on June 21, 2017 in French Music

Le Cabaret Vert is famous across France for its surprising and varied line-up of musical talent including internationally huge bands. It’s also popular for the way in which it mixes some top international acts with plenty of local food and beer. Eco-friendly and eclectic It’s one of the most eco-friendly and highly eclectic music festivals […]

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How Victor Hugo Inspired Batman’s foe the Joker

How Victor Hugo Inspired Batman’s foe the Joker

Written by on June 11, 2017 in Culture & Language, Guest Blogs

When you think of French writer, Victor Hugo, you probably think of his classic works, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Notre Dame de Paris) or Les Miserable. You probably wouldn’t associate him with the Joker, that mad supervillain with the maniacal laugh who is Batman’s adversary. The Book However, it seems that Victor Hugo might […]

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Regions of France

Clos MontmatreThe Secret Vineyard of Paris

Clos MontmatreThe Secret Vineyard of Paris

Written by on June 19, 2017 in Guest Blogs, Paris, Romantic

It was the Romans who established vineyards in Paris more than a thousand years ago. Maybe it was the starting point for the vibrant French wine industry and culture that we know and love today. A Vineyard in Paris The earliest vineyards declined gradually as urban development progressed in Paris. The last of these Roman plantations […]

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Take the tram to Mont Blanc for a thrilling ride in the French Alps

Take the tram to Mont Blanc for a thrilling ride in the French Alps

Written by on June 15, 2017 in Midi-Pyrénées

Like any ski resort, come spring, summer or winter, there are activities a plenty for you to choose from in Saint Gervais (in the Chamonix Valley). Quite apart from the skiing and walking, you could opt for mountaineering, ice skating, paragliding or swimming. But if you want a slightly more effortless kind of adventure, why […]

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Leonardo da Vinci and the French Connection

Leonardo da Vinci and the French Connection

Written by on June 14, 2017 in Pays de la Loire

Just how did it come about that Leonardo da Vinci, giant of the Italian Renaissance, ended his days in Amboise, France? The short answer is that he had no option. Unwell, nearing the end of his life, Leonardo was down on his luck in Rome. Homeless and jobless he was living on handouts from friends. Proud, over […]

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Live in france

Safest Rental Cars – The Safest Hire Cars Revealed

Safest Rental Cars – The Safest Hire Cars Revealed

Choosing a hire car can be a difficult decision – there’a lot of choice. We check out what are the safest rental cars and we have a great offer for all our readers – up to 10% off your hire car costs with one of the best hire companies there is (see the link at […]

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Expats in France Tax Questions Answered

Expats in France Tax Questions Answered

Written by on March 6, 2017 in Financial, Tax

If you’re resident in France and an expat from the UK, you’ll no doubt have to get to grips with the French income tax system. It often seems complicated, heavily administrative and can be frustrating. Financial expert Jennie Poate looks at some common questions that expats have about tax issues in France. Tax in France – Double […]

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Finding a travelling partner in your later years

Finding a travelling partner in your later years

A lot of people express the desire to move to another country once they reach their retirement, and that makes a lot of sense. After spending our lives going to the same job every day, we often feel like it is time to take some fresh air and venture towards greener pastures. France is a […]

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Property in France

Finding your perfect Paris property | Winkworth International

Finding your perfect Paris property | Winkworth International

The secret to finding your perfect Paris property… 1. Get to know your Paris arrondissements “Today the life of every Parisian…revolves around his arrondissement.”  So says Thirza Vallois, Paris resident and author of the best-selling Around and About Paris. As a France property specialist for over 25 years, I’d add the following advice if you’re […]

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Why Burgundy should be top of your house hunting in France list

Why Burgundy should be top of your house hunting in France list

Written by on May 10, 2017 in Burgundy, Property in France

Burgundy (Bourgogne in French) offers some of France’s most gorgeous countryside. Rolling green hills peppered with medieval villages and the architecturally and culturally gorgeous capital, Dijon. Great wine and food are important components of daily life here and it’s a great place to live. We talk to local Benjamin Haas of France4U about expat life […]

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Are you Looking for Your Dream Home but Can’t Find the Time?

Are you Looking for Your Dream Home but Can’t Find the Time?

The leaves of the palm trees swayed as the helicopter swooped in to land between the sun-soaked vineyard and the infinity pool. It could have been a scene from an action movie, but in reality it was a rather grand entrance to a luxury property viewing – the second of six planned for that day. […]

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Recent Articles

The Good Life France Summer 2017 magazine

Summer is served! Bienvenue to The Good Life France Summer 2017 magazine, completely free to read online, download a PDF and to subscribe to – and it always will be. Just click here to access The Good Life France Magazine Summer 2017 Packed full of fabulous features, beautiful photos, guides, recipes and contests, we think […]

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Manoir du Bolgaro Morbeque Hauts de France

Manoir du Bolgaro at Morbeque, near Hazebrouck is an impressive, luxurious getaway, great for a get together with family or friends. A manor house dating back to 1540, which is set on a huge, beautiful, secluded swathe of land, this amazing, three storey gite, steeped in character, can sleep up to 12 people. Depending on the number […]

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Ancient Art meets modern Art in the Dordogne

France has a habit of inspiring great art – from homegrown talent such as Cezanne and Monet, to visiting legends such as Van Gogh and Picasso. But in the Dordogne, this artistic heritage runs even deeper. Before impressionism, before romanticism, before Renaissance art and predating even the early religious imagery, there was the cave art of […]

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