Holidays and Things to do

Bethune Christmas market northern France

Bethune Christmas market northern France

Written by on December 4, 2018 in Christmas Markets

A short drive from Calais brings you to the town of Bethune in the Hauts de France region, department Pas de Calais. It’s not that well known on the tourist map, overlooked for its larger neighbours Lille and Arras as well as arty favourite Lens with its swanky branch of the Louvre. Bethune, northern France […]

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Christmas Markets Alsace 2018

Christmas Markets Alsace 2018

Written by on December 2, 2018 in Christmas Markets

Alsace is pretty much where modern Christmas started almost 500 years ago. It was the first place to hold a Christmas market, to have Christmas trees in homes and it’s where the Christmas bauble was invented! Located in north-eastern France, Alsace, like Lorraine, is unlike other French regions in that its culture is heavily influenced by its […]

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5 Great new events in France for 2019

5 Great new events in France for 2019

Written by on November 29, 2018 in Holidays & Things to do

Atout France, the French tourism agency, are a rich source of information for what’s on in France. For 2019 they put together a long list of events, festivities and new openings and we asked French Connections, the fabulous holiday rental company, to pick some of their favourite events for next year. La Voie des Vignes […]

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Gastronomy

La Maison Noilly Prat Marseillan, France

La Maison Noilly Prat Marseillan, France

Written by on November 21, 2018 in Wine and Drinks

La Maison Noilly Prat’s location is superb, next to Étang de Thau, a large lagoon in Marseillan, one of the oldest fishing villages in France. A few weathered bars, bistros and shops line the small multi-hued port. It’s a French Provencal postcard town come to life. The History of Noilly Prat Pascal, our guide, introduced […]

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Recipe for Ratatouille Tian a classic dish of Provence

Recipe for Ratatouille Tian a classic dish of Provence

Written by on October 25, 2018 in Main Courses

You may not know what a tian is, but if you’ve seen the movie Ratatouille, you’ll be familiar with a version of this presentation of vegetables sliced thinly, cooked and served in an elegant stack. The dish you see in the movie was created by Chef Thomas Keller (of The French Laundry, among other restaurants), […]

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The gastronomy of Nice southern France

The gastronomy of Nice southern France

Written by on October 20, 2018 in Gastronomy, Provence-Alpes

The gastronomy of Nice is part of its heritage. It’s one of only two cities in France to do so. Lyon, often called the gastronomic capital of France, is the other one. Lyon had better look out though because Nice is catching up. And, if you ask a Nicois, they will of course assure you […]

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Culture and Language

Le Mot Juste: How to Impress Tout le Monde with Your French

Le Mot Juste: How to Impress Tout le Monde with Your French

Written by on November 27, 2018 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Le Mot Juste: How to Impress Tout le Monde with Your French A tiny but fabulous book of words – French words. The sort of words that roll of the tongue and sound delicious, romantic and so… well French! Imogen Fortes has pulled together a list of fabulous French words that are used in every […]

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French Immersion course in Provence

French Immersion course in Provence

Written by on October 22, 2018 in Courses, French Language, Learn French

If you really want to improve your French, then a total immersion course in France is the very best way to do it. It’s also a lot of fun when you join Goût et Voyage, the taste and travel company, on their fabulous week long cultural and gastronomic full French immersion course in the heart […]

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A glimpse of the future at the Millau Viaduct  Aveyron France

A glimpse of the future at the Millau Viaduct Aveyron France

Written by on October 21, 2018 in French Icons, Midi-Pyrénées

The river and gorges of the Tarn are well known and undoubtedly it’s worth losing yourself for a while here in what is the deepest canyon in France. But this really is a place where the vastness of nature meets the enormity of human creation. And, if the Pont du Gard transports you back to […]

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Regions of France

Where to eat out near Millau Viaduct Aveyron

Where to eat out near Millau Viaduct Aveyron

Written by on November 27, 2018 in Midi-Pyrénées

Close to the awesome Millau Viaduct, and providing a surreal backdrop),is the ancient town of Millau. It’s home to a rich history and beautiful architecture, Roman pottery and fine leather glove making. It’s a pretty town and also a good place to stop off to enjoy a leisurely bite to eat and enjoy the stunning […]

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What to see and do in Chartres, Loire, France

What to see and do in Chartres, Loire, France

Written by on November 23, 2018 in Centre

Chartres is famous for its Gothic cathedral, a majestic masterpiece which totally surpasses expectations in real life. But there’s more to do and see in this ancient town. The best way to visit the ancient streets of Chartres is on foot. A good place to start is the tourist office which is in a Renaissance […]

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Chartres Cathedral France

Chartres Cathedral France

Written by on November 23, 2018 in Centre

The city of Chartres is in the department of Eure-et-Loir, region Centre-Val de Loire, in south west France. It’s famous all over the world for its UNESCO world heritage listed cathedral. No wonder, it is an extraordinary and wondrous gothic masterpiece, a major pilgrimage site to this day. It is the reason why most people […]

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Live in france

How to choose the right Financial adviser for expats in France

How to choose the right Financial adviser for expats in France

Written by on November 13, 2018 in Financial

As an expat in France, when you search for a financial adviser, how can you be assured that they are right for you? In principle there are three categories of adviser: Tied, Restricted and Independent. Tied Advisers in France In France there are insurance company agents working almost in every town – they typically represent just […]

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Fabulous wedding venues in France

Fabulous wedding venues in France

When it comes to celebrating your wedding in France, there’s loads of choice for romantic venues and places that will create the memories you want from your special day. If you want to have a party or celebration of your wedding in France – that’s easy, just pick a venue that’s in the area you […]

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A British snail farmer in France

A British snail farmer in France

Written by on October 30, 2018 in Expats in France, Living in France

Mike Collins  from the UK went to France as a young man to study languages. He got a job with a large company and in his job he travelled a lot around France. He loved discovering new places and new tastes and developed a penchant for snails, the very French foodie favourite. On a whim, […]

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Property in France

Property review on the west coast of France

Property review on the west coast of France

Written by on November 3, 2018 in Property in France

France’s Atlantic coastline offers something for everyone, from Brittany’s wild and rugged Finistère to the chic beach towns around La Rochelle, to surfing meccas around Biarritz. Liz Rowlinson asks the experts at Leggett Immobillier to pick five tempting places for you to consider… Starting in the north, where Brittany juts far out into the Atlantic, […]

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Top Tips for running a successful B&B in France

Top Tips for running a successful B&B in France

Written by on November 1, 2018 in Gîtes in France

Peter Friend, joint owner of the award winning B&B La Villa Mazamet in the Tarn shares his top tips. The villa has been named France’s top luxurious B&B for several years and, says Peter, there are lots of things you can do to make your own B&B have a better chance of success… Location Location […]

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4 different ways to start a new life in France ahead of Brexit

4 different ways to start a new life in France ahead of Brexit

Written by on October 30, 2018 in Buying a Home, Property in France

If you could start a new life in France, where would you go and what would you do? Out of the 4 million Brits currently living abroad, around 150,000 live in France. While the majority are over 55, according to an HSBC report, France is rated third in the world for families, partly because school […]

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Bon weekend from France & Happy December…

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. I’ve had the sort of week where things don’t quite go to plan. As a result, the winter magazine which I thought would be ready to reach you today, will in fact be next week. I hope the delay creates anticipation which makes it even better when it […]

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Le Touquet Christmas Market 2018

Le Touquet is a smart, chic and delightful seaside town on the Opal Coast about 45 minutes from Calais. Famous for its lights, shops and art deco covered market place, Le Touquet makes for a lovely Christmas market visit. This year the gorgeous Le Touquet lights will be illuminated on Friday 30 November. The Christmas […]

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Boulogne-sur-Mer Christmas Market 2018

Those who have discovered the old town of Boulogne-sur-Mer will be aware how very pretty this part of the port town is and at Christmas time it’s even more magical. Enter the old town through the immense stone gates cut into the high walls and discover a real winter wonderland. This is one of my […]

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