Holidays and Things to do

What’s on in France in September

What’s on in France in September

Written by on August 18, 2019 in Month By Month

September in France is teeming with events, festivals and concerts as La Rentrée, the return to work, school and normality after the summer holidays. It’s a time of renewed energy and enthusiasm in France and you’ll find plenty going on to keep you entertained. We take a look at the major events in France September […]

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Spotlight on the Alpes-Maritime department | French Riviera

Spotlight on the Alpes-Maritime department | French Riviera

Written by on July 29, 2019 in Places to Go

The Alpes-Maritimes department is in the far south of France in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur bordering Italy and the Mediterranean Sea. Think long hot summers, year round temperate climate, the French Riviera and impossibly pretty villages and historic towns in the interior – this is an area that makes for a great holiday destination. What to […]

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Luxury Loire Valley Tour | Visit and stay in Loire Valley Chateaus

Luxury Loire Valley Tour | Visit and stay in Loire Valley Chateaus

Written by on July 25, 2019 in Tours in France

Join an exceptional and unique ladies only luxury Loire Valley Tour. You’ll visit the most beautiful castles in the Loire Valley and you’ll even be staying in historic Chateaus. On this trip you’ll dine at the finest restaurants, explore charming villages, legendary towns – and live like a queen! Chateaux, wine and gastronomy The big […]

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Gastronomy

The best boutique French wines in the USA

The best boutique French wines in the USA

Written by on August 11, 2019 in Wine and Drinks

Nothing beats going to a French vineyard and enjoying a tasting, then taking home some delicious French wine to enjoy at leisure. But it’s not always possible to do that, especially if you’re in the US. Luckily for you, SomMailier wine club brings the very best boutique French wines direct to you. Delivered right to […]

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Recipe for Poulet Gaston Gerard

Recipe for Poulet Gaston Gerard

Written by on July 3, 2019 in Main Courses

The recipe was created in 1930 by the wife of the Mayor of Dijon, Gaston Gerard. She was cooking for an esteemed guest, Maurice Edmond Sailland, AKA Curnonsky, a celebrated writer of Gastronomy in France and dubbed The Prince of Gastronomy. Madame accidentally put too much paprika in a chicken dish she was cooking and […]

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How to make Canelé de Bordeaux cakes

How to make Canelé de Bordeaux cakes

Written by on May 26, 2019 in Desserts

The origins of the little French cakes known as canelés remains a mystery, but one of the most plausible theories is that they were invented by the nuns of the L’Annonciade monastery in Sainte-Eulalie, in Bordeaux. When basking them, some people use a silicone mold. But I always recommend using traditional copper molds. Granted, copper […]

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Culture and Language

5 Best Ways to Learn French Online

5 Best Ways to Learn French Online

Written by on August 9, 2019 in Courses, French Language, Learn French

Learning French can be difficult for many people. In fact, the internet has plenty of ways to learn French online. We’ve done the research and created a list of the 5 best ways to learn French on the internet. While some of these learning styles are obvious, some of the ways you can learn French […]

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Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table by Carole Bumpus

Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table by Carole Bumpus

Written by on August 6, 2019 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Part culinary memoir and part travelogue, Carole Bumpus gathered this compilation of intimate interviews, conversations, stories, and traditional family recipes in the kitchens of French families as she travelled throughout France. Reading Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table you’ll join her as she explores Champagne caves/wineries and historic cathedrals, local farmers’ markets, […]

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History of the French Flag

History of the French Flag

Written by on July 19, 2019 in French Icons

The French call their flag Le drapeau tricolore. English speakers know it as the French Tricolore. It’s one of the most iconic flags in European history. But how did it come to be? The evolution of the French Flag The flag of France before the French Revolution featured the fleur-de-lis on a blue background. The […]

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Regions of France

What to see in Dieppe, Normandy

What to see in Dieppe, Normandy

Written by on August 6, 2019 in Normandy

Dieppe is a fishing and channel port along the Alabaster Coast of Normandy. The town sits astride the river Arques and is a popular seaside and tourist resort. Things to do in Dieppe Dieppe is famous for its scallops and has a popular pebble beach. In the centre there is some fine architecture, especially the […]

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How to spend one day in Toulouse

How to spend one day in Toulouse

Written by on August 1, 2019 in Midi-Pyrénées

Capital of the newly-reconfigured Occitanie region, la Ville Rose as Toulouse is affectionately called after the colour of its brickwork really needs far more time than one day. But if that’s all you have, here’s how to spend one day in Toulouse by a local. You’ll find it wont be enough though, and you’ll definitely […]

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What to see and do in Beaujolais Burgundy

What to see and do in Beaujolais Burgundy

Written by on August 1, 2019 in Burgundy

France is full of gorgeous wine regions. From Alsace and its fairy tale villages to Cassis and its vineyards that nearly touch the Mediterranean Sea. And then there’s Beaujolais. Its vine-covered hillsides are as pretty as any in France. You’ll find it in the south of Burgundy, a region that’s world famous for its wines. […]

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Live in france

Understanding French Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on property sales

Understanding French Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on property sales

Written by on August 10, 2019 in Tax

If your main home/principal residence is in France and you are a tax resident in France it is a legal obligation that you declare all your world/global income and annual capital gains to the French tax authorities. It’s irrelevant if gains are made outside of France. For example if you have moved to France from […]

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How to plan your French property purchase and your move to France 

How to plan your French property purchase and your move to France 

Written by on August 6, 2019 in Financial, Retirement

When it comes to thinking about your move to France, you may have decided the area that you want to live in, checked schools and transport links. But will organising your finances be further down the to do list when it should be near the top? Before moving to France, there’s no doubt you will […]

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Escape to the 800 year old Chateau du Masgelier in France

Escape to the 800 year old Chateau du Masgelier in France

Written by on May 31, 2019 in Living in France, Renovating in France

Fiona Jones from London fell for a 12th century chateau in the Limousin region. Undaunted at taking on a massive project on her own, she moved to France in 2014 to bring the neglected Chateau du Masgelier back to life. Featured on the superhit reality TV series “Escape to the Chateau DIY” Fiona talks to […]

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Property in France

Property Guide to Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes, Nouvelle Aquitaine

Property Guide to Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes, Nouvelle Aquitaine

Written by on August 8, 2019 in Property in France

The rural department of Deux-Sèvres, in Poitou-Charentes (part of Nouvelle Aquitaine) has a landscape of charming small villages and towns, waterways and lush green countryside. The name of the department literally means ‘two Sevrès’ as the sources of both the Sèvre Nantaise and Sèvre Niortaise rivers can be found here. The capital of the department, […]

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Key to buying property in France | Home Hunts free market insights report

Key to buying property in France | Home Hunts free market insights report

Written by on July 31, 2019 in Buying a Home, Property in France

Inside France is Home Hunts’ annual, full-colour report, providing analysis, insights and recommendations on how to find the best real estate investment opportunities in France. Free to download, it is packed with useful information and advice to help you secure your dream home in France – stress free and at the right price. How much […]

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Property Guide to Mayenne Pays de La Loire

Property Guide to Mayenne Pays de La Loire

Written by on July 17, 2019 in Property in France

Mayenne is a department in Pays de la Loire. It’s named after the River Mayenne and has three districts, 32 townships and 261 municipalities. The capital and largest city is lovely Laval which features a beautiful chateau, weekly fabulous market, cultural venues and many good restaurants. Mayenne has a warm and temperate climate, stunning countryside […]

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Bon weekend from an ancient hamlet in France

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. Traditions are held dear here in France. You only have to look at how popular singer Johnny Hallyday was (The French Elvis Presley) for almost 60 years. In fact he’s still popular despite sadly no longer being with us, his face adorns T-shirts everywhere and there are tribute […]

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Honfleur | The Belle of Normandy

Honfleur | The Belle of Normandy

Written by on August 8, 2019 in Guest Blogs

Honfleur is a French fishing village in the department of Calvados, Normandy. It sits on the southern bank of the Seine estuary where the great river flows into the Atlantic Ocean. If you love authentic old French towns, then you will find Honfleur one of the most beautiful there is. What to see in Honfleur […]

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Bon weekend from a hamlet in the middle of nowhere, France…

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. It’s been quiet here in the 7 Valleys (far north of France), though that’s pretty normal. There was a flurry of excitement last Saturday night when each village unveiled its straw sculpture entry in the regional competition. There are about 20 villages which take part and it’s a […]

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