Holidays and Things to do

Discover Brittany on a week-long luxury tour

Discover Brittany on a week-long luxury tour

Written by on September 24, 2020 in Tours in France

Early summer is the perfect time to head to Brittany. Discover bucolic landscapes and beautiful beaches in a land that’s brimming with culture and art. Chateaux galore, medieval towns, mile after mile of peaceful and picturesque countryside dotted with pretty little villages or oodles of long, golden sandy beaches. Local cuisine, boulangeries with fresh baked […]

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Provence lavender photography tour

Provence lavender photography tour

Written by on September 15, 2020 in Tours in France

Hone your photography skills on a seriously special tour amidst the scented lavender fields and in the most beautiful villages of Provence. You’ll experience the Provencal way of life, visit colourful street markets, celebrate Bastille Day, explore magical medieval villages and discover secret places. And you’ll capture this enchanting experience on camera with a superb […]

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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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Gastronomy

The best sparkling winemaker in the world

The best sparkling winemaker in the world

Written by on January 19, 2021 in Wine and Drinks

Imagine being a judge in a contest where more than 1000 different sparkling wines from around the world need to be assessed. Each sparkling wine must be blind tasted without any information about who made them, and what they cost… That’s what being a judge at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) annual event is all […]

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How to choose a French wine that suits your taste

How to choose a French wine that suits your taste

Written by on December 29, 2020 in Wine and Drinks

Wine expert Philip Reddaway shares his top tips to help you choose wine that’s just right for you… Standing in the wine aisle of the super-market, confronted with a range of 500 different wines, or perusing a 4-page wine list in a restaurant can be quite a daunting experience. France produces more than 2,900 different […]

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The history of coffee in France

The history of coffee in France

Written by on December 27, 2020 in Gastronomy

There’s a thriving coffee culture in France and for first time visitors it takes a bit of getting used to. Generally French cafés don’t have a menu of types of coffee. You’re expected to just know what to ask for (find a handy guide at the end of this article). But how did it get […]

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Culture and Language

Review: Winston Churchill, Painting on the French Riviera

Review: Winston Churchill, Painting on the French Riviera

Written by on December 28, 2020 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Winston Churchill, Painting on the French Riviera is a beautiful coffee table book by Paul Rafferty. It’s a joy to read for any lover of art, Provence and Winston Churchill, voted the Greatest Briton… Winston Churchill, Painting on the French Riviera Churchill once declared that only one of his life’s ambitions had not been fulfilled […]

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Free French on demand TV and film platform

Free French on demand TV and film platform

Written by on December 18, 2020 in Culture & Language

TV5MONDEplus is the francophone streaming platform that allows you to watch subtitled films, series, documentaries, concerts and more, all for free! With 2020 being the year that we’ve spent more time in front of the TV than we might have expected, it’s a great new addition to the online stable of on demand films and […]

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Review of Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux

Review of Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux

Written by on December 18, 2020 in Book Reviews And Interviews

“Discover wine, food, castles and the French Way of life” it reads on the cover of Exploring Wine Regions – Bordeaux. It’s an apt and accurate summary of what’s inside this superb, almost 500 page long book. Michael Higgins, the author and photographer has delved deep into the heart of Bordeaux –  the city, the […]

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Regions of France

The officially prettiest villages in the Gers Department

The officially prettiest villages in the Gers Department

Written by on January 13, 2021 in Midi-Pyrénées

The department of Gers in southwest France, a land often called by its historic name of Gascony, is small – but beautiful. It’s a land of sunflower fields, vineyards and rolling hills. Medieval towns and tranquil hamlets, ancient churches, chapels and glorious castles dot the landscape. It’s where Armagnac is made and wine, and the […]

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Visit to Rocamadour – the rock of miracles

Visit to Rocamadour – the rock of miracles

Written by on December 16, 2020 in Midi-Pyrénées

Rocamadour is a world famous pilgrimage site in the Lot departments, south west France. WriterAmy McPherson find it lives up to its reputation for being one of the wonders of France… A mythical place “That’s real, right?” “Yes.” “It’s not a mirage?” “No.” Imagine, having just spent four hours hiking through wilderness. Having encountered only […]

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Food and wine weekend in Lyon

Food and wine weekend in Lyon

Written by on December 1, 2020 in Rhône Alpes

Lyon in the south of France is the proud owner of the title “gastronomic capital of France”. It’s long been home to many top chefs from the famous Mère Brazier, who ran a famous bistro and taught the renowned Paul Bocuse, the man who put nouvelle cuisine on the food map. Lyon has a unique […]

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Live in france

Key changes for British expats in France post Brexit

Key changes for British expats in France post Brexit

Written by on January 4, 2021 in Financial

The deal agreed between the EU and the UK after January 2021 brings changes and clarification to some key points. Beacon Global Wealth have summarised some of the key changes for British expats in France post Brexit: Pensions for UK expats in France post Brexit The European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, states: “The […]

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Getting a loan for your French property purchase

Getting a loan for your French property purchase

Written by on December 9, 2020 in Currency Information

When it comes to buying a house in France, a euro mortgage is definitely worth considering. It’s a good idea to start the borrowing process early. Knowing you have the finance sorted can help you plan expenses with confidence. And you might find you get a more favourable borrowing rate as well as being in […]

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Expert essential tips for moving to France

Expert essential tips for moving to France

Written by on November 23, 2020 in Banks and Banking

Moving to France has never been so popular. So, if you are planning to start your new life, here are some great tips from the experts at CA Britline, the French bank that speaks English, to help make your move smooth… Living in France is going to change for UK citizens post-Brexit (1 January 2021). […]

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Property in France

Buying a property in the Pyrénées-Orientales France

Buying a property in the Pyrénées-Orientales France

Written by on December 4, 2020 in Property for sale, Property in France

If you’re torn between choosing a home in France that’s somewhere by the beach or up in the mountains – with the Pyrénées-Orientales you can have both. This sunny department is in southern France, adjacent to the northern Spanish frontier (Catalonia) and the Mediterranean. It’s slow starting to be discovered by British buyers, although the […]

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Virtual viewings help buyers find French property

Virtual viewings help buyers find French property

Written by on November 24, 2020 in Buying a Home, Property in France

Would you buy a property in France after a couple of virtual visits? Before the global pandemic, virtual viewings would be a rare necessity for Home Hunts’ property-buying clients. However, this year Covid-19 has shut down travel and prevented standard visits. But virtual viewing has come into its own – and to the rescue. “In […]

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Expert property guide to Morbihan Brittany

Expert property guide to Morbihan Brittany

Written by on November 13, 2020 in Property in France

The department of Morbihan is in southern Brittany. It’s a land of contrasts, beaches, islands and captivating countryside. Home to Broceliande, a forest that’s said to be where the wizard Merlin once lived. Full of beautiful villages and historic towns like Quiberon and Vannes and going back further in time, Carnac with one of the […]

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Bon weekend from my little French kitchen

Bonjour, I hope that you and yours are well. This week it’s been raining cats and dogs in my bit of France. Or as the French say il fait un temps de chien – weather suitable for dogs. Whoever thought up that phrase certainly doesn’t know my dogs. Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Bruno and Churchill (here […]

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Cakes, contests and calendars – bon weekend from France…

Bonjour, I hope that you and yours are well. Sometimes I sit down to write the newsletter and I think… hmm not much has happened this week in my tiny village of 142 people and 1000 cows. At least not anything of newspaper-worthy importance. I have no problem with this. I am happy that the […]

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Happy New Year from the middle of nowhere in France…

Bonjour, I hope that you and yours are well and that you had a good Christmas… In France we wish Happy New Year for a least six weeks after the new year starts – and I truly wish you a happy (happier) 2021. Usually New Year’s Eve in my village is marked by a party […]

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