Holidays and Things to do

New Tank Museum to open in Cambrai northern France

New Tank Museum to open in Cambrai northern France

Written by on April 28, 2017 in Battlefields and War Memorials

Cambrai Tank 1917 Museum welcomes “Deborah”. In June 2017, the famous World War One tank known as ‘Deborah’ will begin her final journey to a purpose-built new home at the soon-to-be completed Cambrai Tank 1917 museum. Deborah, a 26-ton female Mark IV British tank, is the star exhibit at the new museum dedicated to the […]

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Women’s Tour of Provence

Women’s Tour of Provence

Written by on April 10, 2017 in Provence-Alpes, Tours in France

Provence is one of those utterly luscious places that if you see it once, you will always remember it and long to return. Bordered by the waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the Alps and the Rhone River, Provence is a sun-drenched paradise with a gentle climate. Set at the crossroads of Europe and the Mediterranean, […]

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The Ultimate Campervan holiday in the south of France

The Ultimate Campervan holiday in the south of France

Written by on April 7, 2017 in Provence-Alpes, Tours in France

Imagine, you arrive in the south of France, collect your fabulous campervan from Cookies Campers and take a tour, discovering the beauty of the area and the freedom of the open road. With a campervan it’s possible to park up close to the most beautiful beaches and stop off at the most picturesque villages. Shop at the […]

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Gastronomy

Hidden Veggie Kitchen | A pop up vegetarian restaurant near Limoges, France

Hidden Veggie Kitchen | A pop up vegetarian restaurant near Limoges, France

Written by on April 6, 2017 in Gastronomy, Limousin

Louise Elsom is a self-confessed foodie and a whizz with a vegetable who has set up a pop up restaurant in her home in Haut-Vienne. Pop up vegetarian restaurant in France In 2016 Louise Elsom launched her very own pop up restaurant – in her home in the little hamlet of Latterie,  just outside the […]

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French Lemon Tart Recipe to fall in love with

French Lemon Tart Recipe to fall in love with

Written by on April 2, 2017 in Desserts

Quite possibly the most delicious French lemon tart recipe you’ll ever meet! Created by 3 Michelin Star chef Gérald Passedat for his gorgeous cook book Flavors from the French Mediterranean. Naturally, being in the south of France, Chef Passedat likes to use lemons from Menton in the south of France for “Tarte aux citrons de Menton” […]

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How to match American beer with fine French cuisine

How to match American beer with fine French cuisine

Written by on March 28, 2017 in Gastronomy

To celebrate Planète Bière 2017, The Brewers Association hosted a unique event in Paris in March to demonstrate the affinity between craft beers and fine French cuisine. “Impossible!”? Fine French Cuisine, Meet… La Bière As American artisanal beers skyrocket into trendiness it was only a matter of time they’d go global. Little did I know […]

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Culture and Language

The Artists of Montmartre Paris

The Artists of Montmartre Paris

Written by on April 24, 2017 in Art and Artists, Arty, Paris

Have you ever wondered why artists congregate in Montmartre, the lively hill top village of Paris? They’re there  to draw the visitors who flock to this oh-so pretty part of the city of light but why here, in this particular spot? Around 300 painters are officially licensed to work the area and there’s a 10 […]

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Amboise in the Loire Valley | Home of Leonardo da Vinci

Amboise in the Loire Valley | Home of Leonardo da Vinci

Written by on April 19, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Leonardo da Vinci: The Amboise Connection by Pamela Shields. The overriding comment I have to make about this book is ‘absolutely fascinating!’ Everyone has heard of Leonardo da Vinci, most famous perhaps for his paintings including the Mona Lisa which hangs in the Louvre in Paris. However Pamela Shields gives us so much more information […]

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But you are in France, Madame by Catherine Berry

But you are in France, Madame by Catherine Berry

Written by on April 7, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews

What do you get when you take two parents who have three children and deep rooted wanderlust? The answer is a thoroughly entertaining book! You’ll find yourself travelling from Australia with Catherine, her husband, and three children to Annecy in the French Alps. Through their eyes you’ll discover how very different French life is from living in […]

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Regions of France

Guide to Menton French Riviera

Guide to Menton French Riviera

Written by on April 16, 2017 in Provence-Alpes

Menton is said to be the warmest town on the French Riviera with around 316 days of sunshine a year! During the time of the Belle Epoque, royals from around Europe flocked to the town and luxury hotels and villas were built in a magical setting – which you can see to this day. It’s […]

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Abelard and Heloise – the French Romeo and Juliet

Abelard and Heloise – the French Romeo and Juliet

Written by on April 13, 2017 in Guest Blogs, Quirky

Paris is known as the city of love and in the famous Père Lachaise cemetery there reside together France’s most famous lovers – Abelard and Heloise. Long before Romeo and Juliet, and the City of Romance itself, another couple set tongues wagging, with their ill-fated romance. Abelard and Heloise’s tale is fascinating, and you can […]

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10 Great Things to do in Nice, the sunny city!

10 Great Things to do in Nice, the sunny city!

Written by on April 11, 2017 in Provence-Alpes

Nice is one of the sunniest cities in France – with more than 300 days of sunshine a year, and often warm enough to dine al fresco even in winter, it’s a great place to visit. There’s loads to see, do and fall in love with and there’s so much to do but here are […]

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Live in france

Expats in France Tax Questions Answered

Expats in France Tax Questions Answered

Written by on March 6, 2017 in Financial, Tax

If you’re resident in France and an expat from the UK, you’ll no doubt have to get to grips with the French income tax system. It often seems complicated, heavily administrative and can be frustrating. Financial expert Jennie Poate looks at some common questions that expats have about tax issues in France. Tax in France – Double […]

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Finding a travelling partner in your later years

Finding a travelling partner in your later years

A lot of people express the desire to move to another country once they reach their retirement, and that makes a lot of sense. After spending our lives going to the same job every day, we often feel like it is time to take some fresh air and venture towards greener pastures. France is a […]

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New French Legislation for Assurance Vie Policies

New French Legislation for Assurance Vie Policies

Written by on February 25, 2017 in Financial, Insurance, Tax

The Assurance Vie is the most popular long term savings product in France. It offers a choice of investment funds, tax and inheritance advantages. There are two types, those offered in France by French companies and normally only in Euros and those ore recently offshore in places such as Luxembourg and Dublin. The latter more often […]

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Property in France

Home seekers in France ignore Brexit

Home seekers in France ignore Brexit

Written by on March 13, 2017 in Buying a Home, Property in France

Will it or won’t it affect house sales in France we all asked, and we’re talking of Brexit of course. We’ve seen the exchange rate of sterling versus euros  go up and down and generally stabilise. We’ve had pundits and experts give an opinion but  the reality is that if anything, Brexit has actually increased […]

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Why now is the time to buy your dream home in France

Why now is the time to buy your dream home in France

Written by on February 24, 2017 in Buying a Home, Property in France

The French property market is booming, with 2016 bringing the highest level of sales for a decade. As house prices are expected to rise this year, buying a property in France now could provide you with a dream lifestyle and a lucrative investment opportunity. Despite there being so much political uncertainty last year, and now […]

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What is the Acte de Vente in France?

What is the Acte de Vente in France?

Written by on February 3, 2017 in Buying a Home, Property in France

  You found the dream house in France. You’ve signed the Compromis de Vente,  you’ve waiting around three months  and now you’re going to complete the Acte de Vente the last part of the buying process. The Acte de Vente This is it! The big day! All parties meet in the Notaire’s office. The balance […]

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Recent Articles

My Good Life in France

My Good Life in France

Written by on April 22, 2017 in My French Life

I’ve gone and written a book about my life in France! It all began on a dismal day in February when I left London with my husband to take my Dad to buy some wine in France on a day trip.  When my Mum died my Dad would drink a bit too much whisky at […]

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The Lavender Fields of Provence

The Lavender Fields of Provence

Written by on April 19, 2017 in Guest Blogs

Take a deep breath and let the scent of lavender indulge your senses when you’re in Provence in the summer. Here the lavender fields symbolize the local history and beauty of this lovely area. “Lavender is the soul of Provence”, so said famous French author Jean Giono whose books were often set in Provence. The lavender flowering […]

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The allure of the Haute-Savoie

The allure of the Haute-Savoie

Written by on April 19, 2017 in Guest Blogs

Annecy … which breaks the heart in your bosom, it is so beautiful.” (Mark Twain) A bit of an exaggeration, I’ll admit. After all, my husband and I were living in suburban Melbourne (not outback Australia) with our three children when we surmised that a little virage to France might be the go. I don’t […]

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