Holidays and Things to do

The Enchanting Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau Loire Valley

The Enchanting Chateau of Azay-le-Rideau Loire Valley

Written by on November 4, 2018 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux

On a hot summer’s night, after dinner at the lovely Hotel Le Grand Monarque in the bijou town of Azay-le-Rideau, I decided to stroll through the town’s pretty little streets. I was sure I could take a peek at the famous Chateau through its ornate iron gates, ahead of a visit planned for the next […]

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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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Top Things to do in December 2018 in France

Top Things to do in December 2018 in France

Written by on October 27, 2018 in Month By Month

National Holiday in France: Christmas Day (Noël) December 25 Licques: Festival des Dindes, 15-16 December 2018 A charming festival where turkeys are celebrated in the little town of Licques Hauts-de-France (Pas de Calais). Held over a weekend, on Sunday morning, hundreds of turkeys are released to “rampage” through the streets accompanied by local brotherhoods and […]

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Gastronomy

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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How to make Crème Caramel classic French desssert

How to make Crème Caramel classic French desssert

Written by on October 11, 2018 in Desserts

This delicious recipe for crème caramel comes from the cook book In the French Kitchen with Kids: Easy, Everyday Dishes for the Whole Family to Make and Enjoy by Mardi Michels of popular blog eat.live.travel.write In her first book, Mardi shows that French food doesn’t have to be complicated. The result is an elegant, approachable cookbook featuring […]

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Culture and Language

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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Why do an Immersion course in France?

Why do an Immersion course in France?

Written by on October 1, 2018 in Learn French, Tours in France

Do you speak a little French but want to learn how to speak with a real French accent and increase your knowledge of both the language and France whilst having a brilliant time? Or perhaps you’re a beginner and you would love to start your journey of learning French in a fun and authentic atmosphere. […]

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Regions of France

What to see and do in Azay-le-Rideau

What to see and do in Azay-le-Rideau

Written by on November 4, 2018 in Centre

When you visit Azay-le-Rideau in the Loire Valley, the number one attraction without a doubt is the Renasissance Chateau. Set on an island in the River Indre, the fairy tale like castle is stunning both inside and out. It’s also worth taking the time to discover the town while you’re there. It’s charming and authentic […]

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Discover Aveyron France | Pickled in the past

Discover Aveyron France | Pickled in the past

Written by on October 30, 2018 in Midi-Pyrénées

Aveyron echoes with the past. Every densely wooded gorge and valley, every ancient bastide town and every winding road seems to whisper of pilgrims making their weary way south, of Romans and rebellious Gauls or of Knights Templars, thundering across the plateaux. Part of the Massif Central but also the northern most part of the […]

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Toulouse for foodies | Where to eat out in Toulouse

Toulouse for foodies | Where to eat out in Toulouse

Written by on October 28, 2018 in Midi-Pyrénées

Toulouse has a reputation for being friendly and sunny, perfect conditions to take advantage of all that’s on offer. It’s also famous for its great food from cassoulet to markets and gastronomic restaurants. Lip-smacking Cassoulet The spicy, meaty, unctuous and utterly mouth-watering stew with haricot beans is one of the most famous specialities of the […]

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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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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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Insurance cover in France

Insurance cover in France

Written by on October 19, 2018 in Financial, Insurance

Whether it’s French Home and Contents, Vehicle, Legal Protection or Top-Up Health insurance, this handy guide explains insurance cover in France. CA Britline’s experts take you through the different types and levels of insurance: French Home and Contents Cover Protecting your property, whether it’s a secondary home, main home or rented out on a short […]

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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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Wishing you a bon weekend from France

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. Here everything is about commemorating the centenary of the end of the Great War this weekend. Everywhere I go in the north of France there are posters detailing remembrance events. Trees are adorned with poppy and cornflower coverings (you can see a photo here on my Instagram page). […]

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Bonjour from France

Bonjour from France

Written by on November 3, 2018 in Newsletter from France

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. Here in my little corner of France, where the landscape still bears the scars of two world wars, there are preparations under way across the region to commemorate and honour the lost with a special vigil for Armistice Day 11 November 2018. And, if you’re in the area […]

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Centenary of the end of The Great War Remembrance Vigil in northern France

France honours the end of World War I with a remembrance vigil taking place on the night of 10 November to 11 November 2018. Located on the front line from the end of 1914, the territory of Pays d’Artois was forever marked by those bloody battles. From the French offensives of 1915 to the great […]

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