Holidays and Things to do

3 regions in France that are perfect for Autumn visits

3 regions in France that are perfect for Autumn visits

Written by on October 19, 2017 in Holidays & Things to do, Places to Go

France is always a good idea but in autumn perhaps just that little bit more special. Hot chocolate, golden leaves falling from trees, acorns crunching under foot and steaming stews are just a few reasons to visit France in the fall. Here are three regions that are particularly perfect for autumn trips. The Loire Valley […]

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Beautiful Provence | Abbey Saint André Villeneuve-sur-Avignon

Beautiful Provence | Abbey Saint André Villeneuve-sur-Avignon

Written by on October 11, 2017 in Places to Go, Provence-Alpes

Provence is a place of beautiful villages, picturesque hill top towns, gorgeous gardens and a stunning landscape. All who visit long to return after falling in love with the colourful southern French region. We asked Emily Durand at Your Private Provence about some of her favourite Provence beauty spots… Abbey Saint Andre one of the […]

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3 cities perfect for Autumn visits in France

3 cities perfect for Autumn visits in France

Written by on October 4, 2017 in Aquitaine, Holidays & Things to do, Paris, Rhône Alpes

Paris in Autumn Hot chocolate in cafés that have a warm glow at dusk, golden leaves floating gently down on wide avenues and rosy sunsets. Rainy days when museums beckon, steaming hot coffee and croissants and walking on frosty cobble stones. And don’t forget Nuit Blanche, the big event of the season held every first […]

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Gastronomy

Delicious Tartiflette Recipe with Reblochon Cheese

Delicious Tartiflette Recipe with Reblochon Cheese

Written by on October 20, 2017 in Main Courses

Tartiflette is a baked gratin of potatoes, onions (or shallots), lardons (bacon), wine, cream and cheese, a staple of all ski lodge or chalet suppers. The dish originates from the Savoy (Savoie) region of France, famous for its skiing resorts, hosting the Winter Olympics, cheese and charcuterie. The region was annexed by France as late […]

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Homemade Orange Liqueur recipe from France

Homemade Orange Liqueur recipe from France

Written by on October 6, 2017 in Gastronomy, Wine and Drinks

Homemade orange liqueur – its deliciously sunny, makes for a great gift and makes for a scrumptious treat. Ingredients 600ml dark rum (a little less than 3 cups) 1 bottle dry white wine 300g (10 ozs) golden caster sugar 8 oranges, unwaxed How to make homemade orange liqueur Peel large strips of zest from the […]

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How to make chocolate macarons by Pierre Hermé

How to make chocolate macarons by Pierre Hermé

Written by on October 3, 2017 in Celebrity Chefs, Desserts, Gastronomy

Perfect for parties, these gorgeous little more-ish macarons from the master in Paris are from his new book “Chocolate” and classified as “easy” (available from Amazon). Nicknamed the ‘Picasso of Pastry’ by Jeffrey Steingarten in Vogue, Pierre Hermé is to the macaron what Louis Vuitton is to the handbag. Named the World’s Best Pastry Chef […]

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Culture and Language

How to pronounce r in French it’s easy when you know how!

How to pronounce r in French it’s easy when you know how!

Written by on September 21, 2017 in Words And Phrases

In French, even a simple word sounds so classy and chic that many non French speakers fall in love with the language. It also has some beautiful ways of getting a message across. For example, in French we do not say “I miss you” instead we say “Tu me manques” which means “you are missing […]

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Head to Morzine France to learn French and ski!

Head to Morzine France to learn French and ski!

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Learn French, Rhône Alpes, Ski

A week in Morzine – it’s not all about the snow The Portes du Soleil area is one of the largest ski areas in the world. It includes 13 resorts (both Swiss and French) and roughly 650 km of marked ski and snowboard runs. There are 14 valleys and nearly all of the runs are […]

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Review of VAGABONDS in France by Michael A Barry

Review of VAGABONDS in France by Michael A Barry

Written by on September 3, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews

So, what would YOU do if you lost your house? Panic, desperately search for another one and then take anything you can get? Well, when this happened to Americans Michael and Lisa, they decided to take the glass half full approach. When their rental home was no longer available, they put their furniture into storage […]

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Regions of France

L’Abbaye d’Auberive in the Haute Marne Champagne

L’Abbaye d’Auberive in the Haute Marne Champagne

Written by on October 20, 2017 in Champagne-Ardenne

In the southern most corner of the Haute Marne, about half an hour’s drive from the ancient town of Langres, is an extraordinary abbey. Of course, the very nature of the beast means that most abbeys are extraordinary in one way or another. But this one is special both because of its past and because […]

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The Legendary Cabarets of Paris France

The Legendary Cabarets of Paris France

Written by on October 20, 2017 in Paris

Cabaret in Paris is famous. It’s about more than can-can dancing, though that may be a big part of its allure. It’s not just about frills and feathers, tassels and stockings, bling and beads. To the French, it’s an art form that celebrates the beauty of the human body (yes there are topless and scantily […]

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France at a glance: Mont-Saint-Michel Normandy

France at a glance: Mont-Saint-Michel Normandy

Written by on October 19, 2017 in Normandy, Readers Photos

It’s an iconic landmark and one of the most incredible monuments in Europe, actually I think of it as one of the wonders of the world. Located on the edge of Normandy and almost in Brittany (which once claimed this little island for its own), the iconic landmark can be seen from miles around. This […]

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Live in france

QROPS for expats in France

QROPS for expats in France

Written by on September 27, 2017 in Financial, Pensions, Retirement, Tax

Would you like to make more of your Pension Fund? If, like many expats in France, your personal pension fund is one of your largest assets then you’re sure to want to give it the potential to generate the best retirement income possible. We talk to Jennie Poate at Beacon Global Wealth about the QROPS […]

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Exchange Rates and Their Impact

Exchange Rates and Their Impact

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Currency Information, Financial

Many of you reading this will be no stranger to the vagaries and volatility associated with the currency markets. It is a major consideration in any expatriates’ life unless they have severed all ties with the UK and have fully committed to a Francophile existence and at no time in recent history has it been […]

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The expat good life in Auvergne

The expat good life in Auvergne

Written by on September 12, 2017 in Expats in France, Living in France

Tim and Ingrid Bell moved from Lancaster, UK to Auvergne… They took over the Auberge de Chabanettes which  has a long and colourful history, a familiar landmark in this part of rural France for over 150 years. In bygone years, it served as a butchers shop, an abattoir and a petrol station, but never lost […]

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Property in France

French Bargain Property October 2017

French Bargain Property October 2017

Written by on October 6, 2017 in Property for sale

This month we’re heading to the village of Dunet in the department of Indre, region Centre. This lovely 5 bedroom house caught our attention, reduced from an already bargain price of €77,000, it’s now up for sale at just €36,000 – about what you’d pay for a mid-range family car! Local agents Debra and Les Bush […]

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Want to buy a vineyard in France? Here’s how to do it

Want to buy a vineyard in France? Here’s how to do it

Written by on September 25, 2017 in Buying a Home, Property in France

What a corking idea: how to produce your own wine in France Hobby vineyards can be for anyone – and if you find the right property and are smart about your set up, you can serve up your own local wine to family and friends with no additional costs Does spending warm summer nights in […]

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DIY in France: How to point a barn

DIY in France: How to point a barn

Written by on August 30, 2017 in Property in France, Renovating in France

So how did you learn to point a barn? My neighbours looked impressed and wide eyed as they spotted me up the local farmer’s ladder, balanced on a timber decking, tapping away at the crumbling stone jointing. But pointing a barn is not so very technical and needs no special courses or experience – just […]

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Pensions and Finance advice for expats in Haute-Savoie

Do you have a UK pension and don’t know what to do with it? If you have tax queries relating to your investments or you want to talk to an expert on French business structures, pensions and taxation we can help you. Do you want to talk to a local mortgage broker and would like to […]

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A bike tour of Paris provides a new view of the city

Finding myself with a few hours to spare in Paris in the middle of August on a sunny day I decided to join a bike tour. I had considered the implications of confronting mad Parisian motorists from the saddle of a bicycle. My faith was never tested though, their manners were perfect and I was […]

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The Promenade Plantée Paris – the most unusual park in the city

The other day I was waiting at Gare de Lyon in Paris to take a train to Burgundy (I know I have the best job, right?!)… I had quite a bit of time to spare so, lugging my suitcase and camera bag I wandered outside the station. I decided to go no further than 10 […]

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