Holidays and Things to do

The best gastronomic guided Tour of Dordogne

The best gastronomic guided Tour of Dordogne

Written by on August 23, 2020 in Tours in France

One of the main reasons we all love France so much is for it’s wonderful gastronomy. Those marvellous markets, the cake and bread shops, cheese and wine – they are as every bit as alluring as the enchanting castles, fabulous countryside and wonderful vineyards. French gastronomy is world famous. It’s UNESCO listed even. And in Dordogne […]

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Join the best tour of the French Riviera – ever

Join the best tour of the French Riviera – ever

Written by on July 23, 2020 in Tours in France

We’re known for telling you about the very best tours of France. But every now and again, something super special comes up. The Girls Guide to Paris Tour of the French Riviera, following in the footsteps of F Scott Fitzgerald, is nothing short of dazzling…. French Riviera Tour in the footsteps of F Scott Fitzgerald […]

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Stunning secret holiday spots in France

Stunning secret holiday spots in France

Written by on July 15, 2020 in Holidays & Things to do, Places to Go

If you’re looking for crowd-dodging, off the beaten-track, fabulous places to holiday in France – check out these inspired choices! French Connections, the UK holiday company that lists thousands of gites all over France, asked us to share three of our favourite secret holiday spots in France. Burgundy, Annecy Mountains and Brittany have it all: beaches, […]

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Gastronomy

Recipe for apple, pear and speculoos crumble

Recipe for apple, pear and speculoos crumble

Written by on October 22, 2020 in Desserts

I live in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere, northern France. But it doesn’t mean I miss out on amazing French gastronomy, and I don’t even need to leave home! Three times a week the Bread Man delivers bread to our village and many others in the area. His deliveries mean we all […]

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How to make Cherries Jubilee

How to make Cherries Jubilee

Written by on September 17, 2020 in Desserts

Cherries jubilee is an old school classic French dessert though it was invented in England. It’s super easy to make and utterly delicious. The recipe is credited to the great French chef Auguste Escoffier, who created the dish in honour of the the Queen Victoria’s diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1897. The dish is made with […]

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Recipe for Flan Pâtissier (Parisian)

Recipe for Flan Pâtissier (Parisian)

Written by on September 13, 2020 in Desserts

Flan Pâtissier (or Parisian) is a simple custard tart and a classic French recipe but it’s origins go back much further. “What have the Romans ever done for us?” The classic line from Monty Python’s Life of Brian got the answer “aqueducts… sanitation… roads… irrigation…” and a whole lot more. They didn’t say flans – […]

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Culture and Language

The classified arts of France

The classified arts of France

Written by on October 23, 2020 in Art and Artists

Every now and again, when chatting to French friends they’ll drop in a sentence that contains the words “the 7th Art” or maybe “the 9th Art” and recently there was talk about the “10th Art”. You, like me, might be wondering what on earth they’re going on about… Well in France, the arts are classified. […]

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Review of Finding Paris: A Novel by Joanne Kimes

Review of Finding Paris: A Novel by Joanne Kimes

Written by on October 15, 2020 in Book Reviews And Interviews

The magic of Paris weaves its spell on two unsuspecting American women. A charming, authentic and heart-warming tale that takes the reader along on their journey… Finding Paris: A Novel This wonderful story is a true voyage of discovery for two American women. From very different walks of life they meet at a French class. […]

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The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux by Samantha Verant

The Secret French Recipes of Sophie Valroux by Samantha Verant

Written by on August 26, 2020 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Sophie, a French-born but lived most of her life in the US chef, finds life really isn’t a dream come true. When an ex-boyfriend conspires against her, her whole life is turned upside down. Sophie needs to get a grip of herself if she’s to avoid a life doomed to fail on all levels. But […]

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Regions of France

Hidden gems in the Var, Provence

Hidden gems in the Var, Provence

Written by on October 5, 2020 in Provence-Alpes

It’s impossible to overdo it pottering about in the many picturesque hilltop villages of Provence. Browsing the morning markets and sitting by the dreamy Le Lac de Sainte Croix with a good book or magazine is heavenly. But there are some unusual places in Provence you might not know about. Abi at The Little French […]

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Iconic Morris Columns of Paris

Iconic Morris Columns of Paris

Written by on August 24, 2020 in Paris

If you visit Paris, you can’t help but notice tall cylindrical dark green columns with advertisement posters plastered round their middle. Colonne Morris (Morris Columns) as they are known, are an iconic feature of the city’s landscape as much as the red post boxes of London and the fire hydrants of New York. And yet, […]

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Lille – the best cultural sites and restaurants

Lille – the best cultural sites and restaurants

Written by on July 27, 2020 in Nord-Pas de Calais

Vieux Lille, the old town of Lille, is a place of fanciful Flemish facades. Where bars, bistros, boutiques and shops line the cobbled streets which wind their way labyrinth-like around the central Place du Général de Gaulle, known as the grand’Place. Outdoor cafés abound in the ancient city centre, art of all kinds adorns the […]

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Live in france

Moving to France during the Covid crisis – Is it possible?

Moving to France during the Covid crisis – Is it possible?

Written by on September 18, 2020 in Living in France, Property in France

We have been receiving a lot of requests from readers since the start of the COVID pandemic, all asking the same question: “Is it possible to pack and move  my personal effects and possessions from  the UK to my new home in France during the Covid crisis?”. Well the simple answer is yes. We thought […]

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Everything you need to know about French Mortgages

Everything you need to know about French Mortgages

Written by on July 15, 2020 in Banks and Banking, Financial

An estimated 84,000 UK nationals moved across the Channel in 2019 –  a 10 year high. Traditionally most home buyers were retired or looking to purchase second homes, but France is an increasingly attractive option for young families and people in their 40’s and 50’s. Affordable property, beautiful countryside and coastline, great food, wine and […]

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Essential tips for moving to France

Essential tips for moving to France

Written by on July 15, 2020 in Financial, Living in France

You find your dream home in France, you can’t wait to move there and start living the good life but there are a few things you need to do first. You’ll need to fill in paperwork and notify authorities in the UK and France, sort out healthcare, maybe inheritance planning, savings, tax and whole host […]

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Property in France

Expert Property guide to Creuse

Expert Property guide to Creuse

Written by on October 20, 2020 in Property in France

The department of Creuse, Limousin, is in the centre of France. It owes its name to the river Creuse which crosses the area. The western and also the flattest part of the region was an important source of inspiration for impressionist painters such as Monet. Creuse is famous for its 600 year old tradition of […]

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How to live the Good Life in France | Buying a French property

How to live the Good Life in France | Buying a French property

Written by on October 20, 2020 in Buying a Home

You’ve found your dream home in France (see part 1 of how to live the good life in France: the search)! You’re over the moon and raring to go. But first – you have to buy that property. There are several stages to go through and this being France it involves copious amounts of paperwork. […]

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Expert property guide to Uzerche and around, Correze, Limousin

Expert property guide to Uzerche and around, Correze, Limousin

Written by on September 21, 2020 in Property in France

Uzerche is a pretty, fortified town in the commune in the Corrèze department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Its origins date back to pre-Roman times. Today the town is vibrant and architecturally glorious. With its many towers, vaulted passageways and old houses adorned with carved door and a magnificent octagonal bell tower, typical of the Limousin […]

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Bon weekend from a boulangerie in France

Bonjour, I hope that you and yours are well. Here in my little pig sty where I spend most of the day writing or chatting on social media (honestly, I love it that I can talk to people all around the world!) it’s been a pretty busy week. I’m working on a special Christmas magazine […]

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Life as an expat in France

Life as an expat in France

Written by on October 23, 2020 in Blog

Life as an expat in France can be a little bit odd at times… Promenading is a popular “sport” in France. Wandering along a Paris street, admiring the buildings, the alluring cafés, the Eiffel Tower is one of life’s greatest pleasures. And there’s nothing quite like ambling along the swanky Croisette in Cannes. Oor the […]

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Life in a farmhouse in the Auvergne, France

Our farmhouse, La Creuserie, lies almost exactly in the centre of France, in what is known as the Bourbonnais. It’s an historic area in the department of Allier in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes. It had been a small farm for beef cattle, was tenanted for 165 years and passed out of farming in 2003. It then consisted of […]

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