Holidays and Things to do

Last minute bookings, discounts and special offers for rentals in France

Last minute bookings, discounts and special offers for rentals in France

Written by on July 30, 2018 in Holidays & Things to do

Don’t worry if you’ve yet to book your summer holiday in France, there’s still plenty of choice. And, if you’re the sort that likes to take a spontaneous break at the last minute, there are bargains to be had! Special offers and discounts – bag yourself a bargain break in France Grab a bargain holiday […]

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Ryder Cup Paris 2018

Ryder Cup Paris 2018

Written by on July 13, 2018 in Golf, Paris

Paris is playing host to the one of the greatest golf matches in the world in September 2018. The Ryder Cup, a contest between between the top golfers of Europe and the visiting team from the United States will be hosted at Le Golf National course, at Guyancourt, near Paris. Ryder Cup Paris 2018 From […]

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Scenic Country and Coastal Self-catering Holidays in France

Scenic Country and Coastal Self-catering Holidays in France

Written by on July 12, 2018 in Holidays & Things to do

France is a treasure chest of inspiring destinations. For this reason you have plenty of options when it comes to holidays in France. However, such an abundance of choices creates a dilemma. Which one should you choose? If you are longing to escape to the countryside or coast, and if your preference is a self-catering […]

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Gastronomy

The secrets of Bouillabaisse famous French fish soup

The secrets of Bouillabaisse famous French fish soup

Written by on August 16, 2018 in Gastronomy

Just how do you make a real bouillabaise and how did this famous fish dish get its name? Keith Van Sickle, author of Life in Provence, finds out The legend of Bouillabaisse My wife and I live part of the year in St.-Rémy-de-Provence. We love bouillabaisse, that magical dish that seems to capture the spirit […]

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Extra-cheesy cheese puffs Gruyère-Parmesan Gougères

Extra-cheesy cheese puffs Gruyère-Parmesan Gougères

Written by on August 16, 2018 in Starters

Gougères are extremely satisfying to make—not to mention eat! I never tire of watching the dense, silky dollops of batter inflate into crispy balloons of cheesy pastry through the oven window. We’ve decided to push the cheesiness to the max here. An extra sprinkle of gruyère and parmesan adds extra cheese flavor and textural dimension. […]

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Does the World’s Best Chocolate come from France?

Does the World’s Best Chocolate come from France?

Written by on August 16, 2018 in Gastronomy

  From the small French town of Voiron, near Grenoble, comes some of the best chocolate in the world. No less than the New York Times has called Chocolat Bonnat, “The best chocolate we had ever eaten.” Chocolat Bonnat Why is it so good? To begin with, Chocolat Bonnat has had a long time to […]

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Culture and Language

Review of Parallel Lives by Jennifer Andrewes

Review of Parallel Lives by Jennifer Andrewes

Written by on August 8, 2018 in Book Reviews And Interviews

This book is simply un-put-downable. Whether like me you are an expat who loves reading about other regions of this amazing country, you love visiting France on holiday, are considering moving here, or you simply enjoy taking a wonderful fly-on-the-wall glimpse into other people’s lives, this book will keep you captivated until the very last […]

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Review of Paris Postcards by Guy Thomas Hibbert

Review of Paris Postcards by Guy Thomas Hibbert

Written by on August 6, 2018 in Book Reviews And Interviews

In a series of short stories of love, life and Paris, Guy Hibbert’s eloquent writing portrays the pulse of the city and the lives and loves of some of its inhabitants over a century. Standalone stories but in some, their fates intertwine in a clever twist that gives the book a coherence you don’t often […]

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Review of Riviera Dreaming by Maureen Emerson

Review of Riviera Dreaming by Maureen Emerson

Written by on July 30, 2018 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Maureen Emerson has written a truly fascinating book about life on the French Riviera and two of the men who shaped its style in the early 20th century. About Maureen Emerson Maureen lived in Provence for 20 years, working as a local co-ordinator for CBS and NBC at media festivals in Cannes. Over the year, […]

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Regions of France

Samoens market | one of the best markets in the French Alps

Samoens market | one of the best markets in the French Alps

Written by on July 29, 2018 in Rhône Alpes

Every Wednesday throughout the year come rain, snow or shine, Samoëns hosts one of the busiest traditional markets throughout the Savoyard region. The marvelous market of Samoens There is a buzz around the village from early morning as the stall holders get ready to show their wares from 8.00 am till noon. It’s a great […]

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Where to enjoy a boat tour in Paris

Where to enjoy a boat tour in Paris

Written by on July 28, 2018 in Paris

A look at some of the best places in Paris to take a relaxing boat ride to discover the city from its flowing waters. The capital is of course home to the River Seine, and at 485 miles (780km) long it’s the second longest river in France after the Loire. Its source is some 18 […]

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Laval, Mayenne Pays de la Loire

Laval, Mayenne Pays de la Loire

Written by on July 18, 2018 in Pays de la Loire

The department of Mayenne is in the Pays de la Loire and its capital is Laval. It’s the sort of town where you immediately feel you can relax and chill out, a little bit sleepy, a lot friendly. There are excellent restaurants serving fabulous local produce, one of the best markets in France, chateaux galore […]

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Live in france

Tax in France – pension and tax questions answered for British expats

Tax in France – pension and tax questions answered for British expats

Written by on August 17, 2018 in Tax

We’ve had a record number of enquiries about life in France in the last 12 months. It seems that moving to France is on the minds of many and some questions come up over and over about financial issues, after all, you want to know that you can afford to live the dream and making […]

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How tax for families in France plays a big part in life

How tax for families in France plays a big part in life

Written by on August 16, 2018 in Guest Blogs, Living in France

In France everything has its season: in February it’s skiing; in May it’s lily-of-the valley; in August it’s idleness; and in October it’s tax. This last is why, as the leaves begin to fall each year, my husband and I get together for a financial summit. Our budgetary discussions have a peculiarly French flavour, however: […]

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Expat Brits set up cycling business in the beautiful Tarn region, France

Expat Brits set up cycling business in the beautiful Tarn region, France

Written by on August 16, 2018 in Expats in France, Living in France

Years ago, expats in France who wanted an income usually took the gite route. Gites really took off in the 1950s when the French Government introduced a gite classification system to breathe new life into rural economy and British expats in particular saw the attraction. These days expats are becoming more and more entrepreneurial and […]

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Property in France

Buying vineyard properties in France

Buying vineyard properties in France

Written by on August 6, 2018 in Buying a Home, Property in France

It’s not all about the house, when you’re looking for a vineyard property, the vines take centre stage… Vineyard properties in France Many of us have a romantic notion of owning some vines so we can produce our own wine to bottle and share with friends and family. It’s a trend that has grown internationally […]

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Buying Equestrian properties in France

Buying Equestrian properties in France

Written by on August 6, 2018 in Buying a Home, Property in France

  Keeping horses in France is a popular past time. A hectare of land is enough for one horse, with good management, two horses, so the opportunities for home, land and potential stables, often converting existing outbuildings, are plentiful. Looking for properties suitable for keeping horses in France The cost of agricultural land averages around […]

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Buying Farm properties in France

Buying Farm properties in France

Written by on August 5, 2018 in Buying a Home, Property in France

With land prices currently very attractive in France, a steady flow of UK farmers are heading to France to expand their holdings. Whilst northern France is best for cereal growing, Brittany is prime for pigs. Poitou-Charentes offers huge tracts of maize and sunflowers, whereas the Limousin is famous for its attractive rolling cattle and sheep […]

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Recent Articles

Finding the ideal property in the Dordogne

The idea began, as many good ideas do, in the pub. Rebecca Randall, a criminal barrister and husband Greg who works in the City came to the realisation that they didn’t want to be commuting to and working in London until they reached 70. “Several glasses in and one of us (we still aren’t sure […]

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Bonjour and bon weekend from France, August newsletter

Bonjour Hope you had a good week. We’re still in lazy mode here in France – it’s an August thing. When I say “we” I don’t mean me and the other half. No such thing as lazy in this house! We live in hope of one day waking up in the morning and thinking “ooh no […]

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Animal life in rural southern France

Philippe, our French estate agent, was already at ‘our’ house to open up the shutters, when his bi-lingual colleague Leontine was still busy translating the houses’ deeds for us in the notaries’ office. We knew we still had to improve our French, but it became more evident half an hour later, when Philippe ran towards […]

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