Holidays and Things to do

Christmas Tour of Provence

Christmas Tour of Provence

Written by on June 29, 2020 in Tours in France

Provence has year round charms. From poppy fields in spring to lavender fields in summer and the ripe vineyards of the fall. But in the winter holiday season, festive magic fills the air. If you love sparkle and Christmas décor, if you love great food and wine, culture and art, then this tour of Provence […]

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A perfect Spring tour of Provence

A perfect Spring tour of Provence

Written by on June 12, 2020 in Tours in France

Welcome in the spring with a most beautiful tour of Provence. Provence in spring is one of the very best times of the year to see it in all its authentic, beautiful glory. Join a small group tour in which you’ll be immersed in the Provencal lifestyle. You’ll enjoy fabulous food and wine. Experience the […]

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10 Cities to visit on a day trip from Paris

10 Cities to visit on a day trip from Paris

Written by on June 12, 2020 in Paris, Places to Go

Of course Paris has plenty to keep visitors happy for weeks on end. But. Sometimes it’s great to get out of the city. To see what else France has to offer. It’s really easy to get around and about by train from Paris. We’ve chosen 10 captivating cities you can easily visit on a day […]

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Gastronomy

Pastis Gascon | Gascon Apple Pie

Pastis Gascon | Gascon Apple Pie

Written by on July 10, 2020 in Desserts, Gastronomy

I’d never heard of this apple pie until I visited the beautiful area of Gers, AKA Gascony. Deep in the hear of rural southern France, it’s like the land that time forgot. Rolling hills, vineyards, orchards and lakes, peppered with tiny villages and medieval towns. It’s a land of plenty and famous for its speciality […]

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How to make classic French Sole Meunière

How to make classic French Sole Meunière

Written by on June 26, 2020 in Main Courses

When the great American cook Julia Child first came to France – she wasn’t a cook. She was a curious visitor keen to sample all that France offered. And her first meal in a restaurant was in Rouen in Normandy in one of the oldest restaurants in France, La Couronne. She had sole meunière. And […]

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SomMailer Wine Club | Bringing French Wines to America

SomMailer Wine Club | Bringing French Wines to America

Written by on June 19, 2020 in Wine and Drinks

We chat to Laurent Yung of SomMailier.com, a French wine club that brings unique, exclusive and difficult to find utterly delicious French wines to America… Can you tell us a bit about you and where you live? I was born in a small village near Bordeaux, France and I’m the youngest of three brothers. I […]

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Culture and Language

SEARCHING for FAMILY and TRADITIONS at the FRENCH TABLE BOOK TWO 

SEARCHING for FAMILY and TRADITIONS at the FRENCH TABLE BOOK TWO 

Written by on July 9, 2020 in Book Reviews And Interviews

SEARCHING for FAMILY and TRADITIONS at the FRENCH TABLE BOOK TWO by Carole Bumpus. An amazing culinary adventure through north-west France. This book is so many things, a travelogue, a memoir, but most of all a wonderful celebration French gastronomy. I loved Carole Bumpus’ first book in this series. A celebration of French food, traditions and […]

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Paris, Part Time by Lisa Baker Morgan

Paris, Part Time by Lisa Baker Morgan

Written by on July 9, 2020 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Lisa Baker Morgan, the author of this memoir is a talented and accomplished woman on several levels. She graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Southern California. She has a Juris Doctorate and a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. She’s an author and has a travel […]

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Fabulous French bed linen

Fabulous French bed linen

Written by on July 6, 2020 in French Style

France has long been famous for its style. The French “look” has developed over hundreds of years reflecting the savoir-faire, know-how and attention to detail that is a particularly French thing. From the refined grandeur of Chateau style to Provencal, Parisian and rustic styles, the French look really does suit all tastes. And there are […]

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Regions of France

Oppède le Vieux Provence

Oppède le Vieux Provence

Written by on July 1, 2020 in Provence-Alpes

As you wind your way across the plains of the Vaucluse in Provence (all olive groves, lavender and vineyards), you see Oppède le Vieux hanging above you on the north face of the Petit Luberon. It looks haunting and beautiful… The rise… Oppède le Vieux dates back to at least the 12th century. At the […]

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Essential guide to Montpellier southern France

Essential guide to Montpellier southern France

Written by on June 19, 2020 in Languedoc-Roussillon

Montpellier, the capital city of Herault, Occitanie was once a tranquil fishing village. Now it’s a cool city with a hip vibe. Our essential guide to Montpellier reveals a city of surprises and beauty. With an average of 300 days a year of sun, a historic centre, architecturally thrilling new town, fabulous bars and restaurants, […]

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Lens in Northern France | a city reinvented

Lens in Northern France | a city reinvented

Written by on June 17, 2020 in Nord-Pas de Calais

Lens in the Nord department, a few kilometres south east of Bethune and just to the north of Arras was for three centuries a major production area for the coal mining industry. When production ceased in the late 20th century, Lens for a while, had an air of dejection. Today, that’s certainly completely changed, however, […]

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Live in france

How much income do I need to live in France

How much income do I need to live in France

Written by on June 8, 2020 in Financial, Living in France

It’s a question that often comes up: “how much income do I need to be able to move to France?” We asked Jennie Poate, a qualified financial advisor in France and the UK to explain about the requirements of an income test for moving to France… Establishing residency in France When I first became an […]

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How to live the good life in France | Choosing where to live

How to live the good life in France | Choosing where to live

Written by on May 23, 2020 in Buying a Home, Living in France

If you dream of living the good life in France – you’re certainly not alone, it’s a popular dream! Expats in France are numerous and from all around the world. Drawn by the diversity of the landscapes, the food, sunshine, wine – there’s lots to tempt. Those who love snow and mountains head to the […]

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Unusual Retirement Options

Unusual Retirement Options

Written by on March 25, 2020 in Retirement

So, you’ve reached retirement age. After a life time of getting up to the alarm clocks call, going to work every day, maybe caring for your family, and saving for this day – you might be wondering what options you have. And these days, you have plenty of choices including some that are not your […]

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Property in France

Why Gers is one of the best places to live in France

Why Gers is one of the best places to live in France

Written by on June 19, 2020 in Property in France

The beautiful rural Gers deparment is a little known and forgotten corner of southwest France. For those looking for a laid back lifestyle in la France profonde, a region where the good life is revered, and the people are friendly – Gers is a fabulous place to live. And if teleworking or working from home are […]

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Expert property guide to Corrèze, Limousin

Expert property guide to Corrèze, Limousin

Written by on June 8, 2020 in Property in France

The department of Corrèze, in southwest France, region Nouvelle Aquitaine (formerly Limousin) is a land of outstanding natural beauty. Unspoiled countryside, dramatic rivers and forests as well as gentle farmland. It’s a great place to live says British expat Ann McCarthy, you can go skiing in the mountains, go to the beach, a day out […]

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Expert property guide to Herault

Expert property guide to Herault

Written by on June 2, 2020 in Property in France

Hérault is in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées, southern France. It takes in the Mediterranean coast, with stunning fishing villages and renowned seaside towns. Capt d’Agde, La Grande-Motte and Palavas-les-Flots are just a few of its well known resorts. The countryside is glorious, covered in vineyards, with the Canal du Midi flowing through the department. And, […]

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Book Giveaway: Win a copy of Passion for Provence

Passion for Provence | 22 keys to the la belle vie is a memoir by Gayle Padgett. The author left her home town in America to move to Germany with her husband to be. When they married, their honeymoon took them all round France and en route, they fell in love with Provence. It took […]

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Peyton Place Chicken Pen

Peyton Place Chicken Pen

Written by on July 6, 2020 in Blog, My French Life

As a chicken keeper, I’m always amazed by the antics of my birds. I keep ducks, chickens and geese – they’re pets, not for the pot despite the urging of my French neighbours.  I love them all but it’s the chickens who for me are the most fascinating. Ducks fight it out to establish a […]

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Almost normal France weekly newsletter

Some weeks I sit down to write to you and despite not travelling, it feels as if the days have whizzed past – and in other ways I feel like we are all living in limbo land with a long way to go until normality returns for everyone. But, this week there are a few […]

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