Holidays and Things to do

Toquicimes Food Festival Megève

Toquicimes Food Festival Megève

Written by on February 9, 2021 in Festivals and Carnivals, Rhône Alpes

Mountain food doesn’t get better than in Megève in the French Alps, nestling in the shadow of Mont Blanc. Rupert Parker attends the Toquicimes Food Festival, a three day culinary event… It’s 10 o’clock on an October Sunday morning and I’m in the main square of Megève in the Haute-Savoie department. Inside a large tent there’s […]

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Fabulous, Unique Queen Marie-Antoinette Paris Tour

Fabulous, Unique Queen Marie-Antoinette Paris Tour

Written by on January 20, 2021 in Tours in France

Wine, dine and shine like a queen on this effervescent, elegant and exquisite Queen Marie-Antoinette week-long luxury tour of Paris and Versailles. Explore and experience the fascinating life of Marie-Antoinette This week-long tour of Paris and Versailles is run by the renowned Girls Guide to Paris team and is co-hosted by historian and Queen Marie-Antoinette […]

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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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Gastronomy

7 Classic French cocktail recipes

7 Classic French cocktail recipes

Written by on February 24, 2021 in Wine and Drinks

There are some things that are such an intrinsically French way of life that just doing them imparts a little joie de vivre to our lives, wherever we are. Eating the end of a baguette for instance (which is called a crouton or a quignon in France, depending on where you’re from). Dipping your croissant […]

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Recipe for Gateau Basque

Recipe for Gateau Basque

Written by on February 18, 2021 in Desserts

Gâteau Basque is a traditional dessert from the French Basque region. A layer of buttery soft biscuit pastry with a layer of jam (traditionally black cherry) and pastry cream and topped with biscuit pastry, it’s a firm favourite in southern France. In the Basque language it’s called “etxeko bixkotxa”. It’s thought to have been invented […]

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Provencal tomato soup with rice

Provencal tomato soup with rice

Written by on February 10, 2021 in Starters

Provencal tomato soup with rice is a year round dish, traditionally served as much in the summer as the winter in Provence. Its full of flavour and has a rich taste of the south of France… Ingredients for 6 portions 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 carrot, grated 1 celery stalk, diced 4 cloves garlic, sliced […]

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Culture and Language

Short history of the Five Republics of France

Short history of the Five Republics of France

Written by on February 22, 2021 in Culture & Language

You may have heard of the “Fifth Republic of France” and wondered what it meant. Hasn’t France been a republic since long ago, back when they stormed the Bastille and all that? Well, yes and no. After the monarchy fell, a republic was indeed established but it didn’t last long, and today is referred to […]

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The French Revolution Calendar

The French Revolution Calendar

Written by on February 16, 2021 in Culture & Language

A royal family deposed, the eradication of royal and religious references, people power, a Queen who almost escaped to America, the start of the Napoleonic era – the French Revolution was a period of terror and of turmoil, of civil war and neighbour versus neighbour. It also led to new legal and social reforms, the […]

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Larousse THE French dictionary

Larousse THE French dictionary

Written by on February 2, 2021 in French Language

Larousse is to France what the Oxford Dictionary is to the UK and much more. The annual new word quota for their dictionary is looked forward to, and their publications influence every facet of French life from cook books to encyclopaedias, teaching and games. Larousse Dictionary Larousse was founded by Pierre Athanase Larousse (1817-1875), 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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Route of Richard the Lionheart in France

Route of Richard the Lionheart in France

Written by on January 10, 2021 in Limousin

Follow the Route of Richard the Lionheart in France for a trip back in time and a lesson in history. The trail takes you through Haute-Vienne and Corrèze (Limousin) to the edge of Dordogne. It covers almost 200km and includes 23 sites open to the public. Including possibly the only bowels in the world which […]

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The best virtual visits to Paris

The best virtual visits to Paris

Written by on January 4, 2021 in Paris

For the best virtual visits to Paris , look no further than Google Arts and Culture says Melissa Barndon. Dedicated to bringing, well, arts and culture, to everyone, it means there are many sites and museums all over the world, more than 2000, that you can visit without stepping out your front door. So head […]

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Live in france

Buying Property in France: The Process

Buying Property in France: The Process

Written by on February 26, 2021 in Currency Information

Once you have found your dream French property, here’s how to make sure you secure it and get it before someone else does. Below you will find the basic steps you will need to follow for buying a property in France – from the offer to taking possession of the keys… Get your documents and […]

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Why British expats in France should review their finances post Brexit

Why British expats in France should review their finances post Brexit

Written by on February 22, 2021 in Financial

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union in 2021, Jennie Poate, head of operations at Beacon Global Wealth, financial advisors for expats in France, advises on changes that may affect some people. How has BREXIT affected banking and finance services for expats in France? There have been occasions where  UK financial institutions have changed […]

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Finance info for US Connected Persons in France

Finance info for US Connected Persons in France

Written by on February 22, 2021 in Tax

Were you born in the USA? Do you own a US passport? Have you lived in the USA? Have you worked in the USA? If you answer yes to any or all of these questions, it is highly likely you are a US Connected person. Jennie Poate at Beacon Global Wealth explains what US Connected […]

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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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French recipes, cocktails and more for the weekend…

Bonjour, I hope that you and yours are well. Here we’ve been cutting hedges before spring proper starts and birds begin nesting. Between our garden and Claudette’s next door, we have a long hedge of hawthorn, laurel, elderflower and hazel trees. Our garden was once two fields of a farm that belonged to Claudette’s family, […]

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Junk Kouture meets the land of Haute Couture

Junk Kouture meets the land of Haute Couture

Written by on February 24, 2021 in News

Capturing the imagination of over 100,000 students to date, the Irish-born start-up Junk Kouture was formed in 2010. It aims to empower young people with its primary offering, a Recycled Fashion Competition for all young people aged 13-18. Aspiring artists, budding designers, and engineers are challenged to envision, design, create and model wearable haute couture […]

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Living in France and frozen pipes

Bonjour, I hope that you and yours are well. The weather is changeable here veering from feet-numbingly freezing to deliciously warm. One day last week it was so cold that the pipes that carry water to the kitchen froze. There was just one tiny section of pipes which hadn’t been insulated as if we live […]

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