Holidays and Things to do

The ultimate gourmet truffle and wine tour Provence

The ultimate gourmet truffle and wine tour Provence

Written by on July 9, 2020 in Tours in France

There are some foods which epitomise the essence of gastronomic greatness  – truffles are one of them. And good wine is another. The legendary “black diamonds” of Provence are revered as much top chefs as by local families. They’re added to artistic dishes by master chefs around the world and by keen cooks to enhance […]

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Christmas Tour of Provence

Christmas Tour of Provence

Written by on June 29, 2020 in Tours in France

Provence has year round charms. From poppy fields in spring to lavender fields in summer and the ripe vineyards of the fall. But in the winter holiday season, festive magic fills the air. If you love sparkle and Christmas décor, if you love great food and wine, culture and art, then this tour of Provence […]

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5 brilliant uncrowded beach holiday locations in France

5 brilliant uncrowded beach holiday locations in France

Written by on June 24, 2020 in Places to Go

If you fancy hopping in the car, taking the ferry or train to France and enjoying a brilliant beach holiday without crowds – you’re in luck. We asked the experts at French Connections to tell us five of their favourite beach holiday locations in France that are uncrowded as well as fabulous. Pack the car […]

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Gastronomy

Recipe for French Cheese Soufflé

Recipe for French Cheese Soufflé

Written by on August 9, 2020 in Gastronomy, Main Courses

Le Soufflé is considered a culinary masterpiece in France. The word soufflé comes from souffler – to breathe or to puff, and this dish takes puffing to an art form! The first time the recipe for a cheese soufflé was recorded was 1742 in Le Cuisine Modern by Vincent La Chapelle (modern for those times […]

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How to host a dinner party in true French style

How to host a dinner party in true French style

Written by on July 20, 2020 in French Style, Gastronomy

Julia Girard-Gervois of TripUSAFrance organises amazing tours of France. Though she now lives in the USA, she loves to bring a taste of French style to her table. We asked Julia for her top tips to create a French flavour at home… French table style Always make sure that the dinner table is dressed before […]

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Pastis Gascon | Gascon Apple Pie

Pastis Gascon | Gascon Apple Pie

Written by on July 10, 2020 in Desserts, Gastronomy

I’d never heard of this apple pie until I visited the beautiful area of Gers, AKA Gascony. Deep in the hear of rural southern France, it’s like the land that time forgot. Rolling hills, vineyards, orchards and lakes, peppered with tiny villages and medieval towns. It’s a land of plenty and famous for its speciality […]

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Culture and Language

IXXI | Art that fills your walls with joy

IXXI | Art that fills your walls with joy

Written by on July 15, 2020 in French Style

I’ve been renovating my neglected old farmhouse in rural northern France for some years now. It’s been transformed from a hovel with dirt floors and gaping holes in the roof, bare concrete walls and corrugated iron doors that flapped in the wind into a comfy home. But it needed a bit of a style makeover […]

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SEARCHING for FAMILY and TRADITIONS at the FRENCH TABLE BOOK TWO 

SEARCHING for FAMILY and TRADITIONS at the FRENCH TABLE BOOK TWO 

Written by on July 9, 2020 in Book Reviews And Interviews

SEARCHING for FAMILY and TRADITIONS at the FRENCH TABLE BOOK TWO by Carole Bumpus. An amazing culinary adventure through north-west France. This book is so many things, a travelogue, a memoir, but most of all a wonderful celebration French gastronomy. I loved Carole Bumpus’ first book in this series. A celebration of French food, traditions and […]

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Paris, Part Time by Lisa Baker Morgan

Paris, Part Time by Lisa Baker Morgan

Written by on July 9, 2020 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Lisa Baker Morgan, the author of this memoir is a talented and accomplished woman on several levels. She graduated with a degree in English Literature from the University of Southern California. She has a Juris Doctorate and a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts. She’s an author and has a travel […]

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Regions of France

Oppède le Vieux Provence

Oppède le Vieux Provence

Written by on July 1, 2020 in Provence-Alpes

As you wind your way across the plains of the Vaucluse in Provence (all olive groves, lavender and vineyards), you see Oppède le Vieux hanging above you on the north face of the Petit Luberon. It looks haunting and beautiful… The rise… Oppède le Vieux dates back to at least the 12th century. At the […]

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Castles you can visit on a day trip from Paris

Castles you can visit on a day trip from Paris

Written by on June 24, 2020 in Museums and Châteaux, Paris

Castles you can visit easily in a day trip from Paris include Chenonceau, the gorgeous Castle of Flowers, enchanting Chantilly and fabulous Fontainebleau. If you’re in Paris, we know you’ll have plenty to do and see, but the chateaux of France are super special and when it’s this easy to  visit, it really adds something […]

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Essential guide to Montpellier southern France

Essential guide to Montpellier southern France

Written by on June 19, 2020 in Languedoc-Roussillon

Montpellier, the capital city of Herault, Occitanie was once a tranquil fishing village. Now it’s a cool city with a hip vibe. Our essential guide to Montpellier reveals a city of surprises and beauty. With an average of 300 days a year of sun, a historic centre, architecturally thrilling new town, fabulous bars and restaurants, […]

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Live in france

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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How much income do I need to live in France

How much income do I need to live in France

Written by on June 8, 2020 in Financial, Living in France

It’s a question that often comes up: “how much income do I need to be able to move to France?” We asked Jennie Poate, a qualified financial advisor in France and the UK to explain about the requirements of an income test for moving to France… Establishing residency in France When I first became an […]

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Property in France

Expert Property Guide to Niort and surrounding area

Expert Property Guide to Niort and surrounding area

Written by on July 28, 2020 in Property in France

Niort is the capital city of Deux Sèvres in the department of Poitou-Charentes, now renamed Nouvelle Aquitaine, south west France. This small city is home to a maze of twisting narrow streets lined with elegant Renaissance town houses. Remains of a 12th century fortress are now the municipal museum, and weekly markets bring visitors for […]

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Where to live in the French Riviera of the north

Where to live in the French Riviera of the north

Written by on July 23, 2020 in Property in France

Fabulous beaches, an historic past and chic towns. If you’re looking to live in France and work in the UK – welcome to the French Riviera of the north… The French Riviera, or Côte d’Azur, is world famous for good reason. But there’s another Riviera in France that is far easier to reach for both […]

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Why Gers is one of the best places to live in France

Why Gers is one of the best places to live in France

Written by on June 19, 2020 in Property in France

The beautiful rural Gers deparment is a little known and forgotten corner of southwest France. For those looking for a laid back lifestyle in la France profonde, a region where the good life is revered, and the people are friendly – Gers is a fabulous place to live. And if teleworking or working from home are […]

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Recent Articles

Bon weekend from cheese and wine loving France…

Bonjour, I truly hope you and yours are well. I’ve been taking a bit of time out, which is why you’re only hearing from me every two weeks! That doesn’t mean I’m totally relaxing though as the next magazine is in progress. It’s free to subscribe to via the current issue (here), and it’s a […]

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When do the French take their summer holiday?

The prime summer vacation months in France are July and August, when school is out and the weather is beautiful. Which raises a question: when should a French person go on vacation? The french even have nicknames for those who take a holiday in the summer! Traditionally, most people went in August, when factories closed […]

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France holiday travel and Coronavirus rules

Everything you need to know about the new rules to enjoy a holiday in France during the Coronavirus pandemic. I’ve had so many questions about France holiday travel and Coronavirus rule, and indeed what life is like here under Covid-19 for visitors So here is a summary that’s up to date as at summer 2020. […]

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