Holidays and Things to do

The perfect gite in Dordogne

The perfect gite in Dordogne

Written by on August 27, 2019 in Holidays & Things to do

Vanessa Howard and partner William gave up their jobs, sold their home and vintage clothing shop in Suffolk, England and arrived in France in June 2017. They had over several previous trips, built up a wish list for their perfect home. They wanted a house that came with potential for a gite or two, a […]

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Mulhouse Train Museum | Cité du Train

Mulhouse Train Museum | Cité du Train

Written by on August 22, 2019 in Alsace, Museums and Châteaux

When it comes to the Cité du train at Mulhouse, you don’t to be a train buff or train spotter, an anorak or a ferroequinologist (someone who studies trains) to get steamed up about a visit. This incredible museum is a fabulous place on so many levels. History, engineering, social history but overall – it’s […]

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Museums, Monuments and Arts Venues of Lille

Museums, Monuments and Arts Venues of Lille

Written by on August 21, 2019 in Museums and Châteaux, Nord-Pas de Calais

Lille in northern France is one of the most cultural cities in the country. There are more than a dozen museums and art venues in the city and every three years or so Lille goes arty-party mad with a major several-months-long art festival known as Lille3000 in public buildings and the streets. Palais des Beaux […]

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Gastronomy

How to make French Crème de menthe

How to make French Crème de menthe

Written by on September 9, 2019 in Wine and Drinks

Neon green and more a syrup than the cream the name suggests – crème de menthe is a favourite in France where it was invented by a pharmacist called Emile Giffard. He worked as a dispensing chemist but he was also a gourmet and was intrigued by the digestive qualities of mint. In 1885 he […]

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Guide to gluten free France

Guide to gluten free France

Written by on September 2, 2019 in Gastronomy

France might have the best bread in the world – baguettes, croissants, brioches, and much more. And don’t forget the pastries! Is there anything better than a rich French éclair? But what if you can’t eat any of it? An estimated 7% of the population has a gluten intolerance of one sort or another. Can […]

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Recipe for Tarte Reine-Claude

Recipe for Tarte Reine-Claude

Written by on August 23, 2019 in Desserts

Queen Claude’s tart is a classic French dessert and definitely fit for royalty! It’s really easy to make and utterly delicious. The tart is made with plums known as Reine-Claude (greengage). The plums are named after Claude of France (1499-1524), the wife of Francis 1. If you love sweet, fruity tarts – you’ll love this […]

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Culture and Language

France at a glance | The regions of France

France at a glance | The regions of France

Written by on September 5, 2019 in Culture & Language

France is the most visited country in the world with a whopping 90 million people coming to discover its charms in 2018. It’s no wonder l’Hexagone as France is nicknamed by the French (due to its shape) is so popular: with a diverse landscape which includes mountains, glorious countryside, beautiful beaches, vineyards, historic cities and […]

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5 Best Ways to Learn French Online

5 Best Ways to Learn French Online

Written by on August 9, 2019 in Courses, French Language, Learn French

Learning French can be difficult for many people. In fact, the internet has plenty of ways to learn French online. We’ve done the research and created a list of the 5 best ways to learn French on the internet. While some of these learning styles are obvious, some of the ways you can learn French […]

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Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table by Carole Bumpus

Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table by Carole Bumpus

Written by on August 6, 2019 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Part culinary memoir and part travelogue, Carole Bumpus gathered this compilation of intimate interviews, conversations, stories, and traditional family recipes in the kitchens of French families as she travelled throughout France. Reading Searching for Family and Traditions at the French Table you’ll join her as she explores Champagne caves/wineries and historic cathedrals, local farmers’ markets, […]

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Regions of France

What to see and do in Manche Normandy

What to see and do in Manche Normandy

Written by on September 10, 2019 in Normandy

The majority of people who arrive at the port of Cherbourg in La Manche in Normandy, hit the road and head south. Or the Loire Valley, or somewhere else. Sometimes they stop at Mont Saint-Michel en route, and who can blame them, it’s one of the most famous sites of France. But, this Norman department […]

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What to see and do in Royan Charente-Maritime

What to see and do in Royan Charente-Maritime

Written by on September 8, 2019 in Poitou-Charentes

Royan in the south west of France, in Charente-Maritime, is a classified “Ville d’Art et d’Histoire”. This holiday resort combines the old world charm of the Belle Epoque with modern architecture, a buzzing port and sea front and plenty to see and do in the town and close by. Here’s what to see and do […]

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Gorbio | Stunning medieval village in Cote d’Azur, France

Gorbio | Stunning medieval village in Cote d’Azur, France

Written by on September 2, 2019 in Provence-Alpes

Gorbio, France is a hilltop medieval village, high-up above Menton, in the south-eastern corner of the Côte d’Azur. This picturesque village is a secret place, seemingly forgotten by tourists. As with other historic perched villages, Gorbio has an impressive view, 354 meters above the Mediterranean Sea. You’ll find it in the craggy mountain side of […]

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Live in france

Escape to the French Chateau de la Baismagnée

Escape to the French Chateau de la Baismagnée

Written by on August 29, 2019 in Living in France

When Brits Angel Adoree and husband Dick Strawbridge swapped their 2-bedroom flat in Southend, Essex, and bought the fairy-tale-like Chateau-de-la-Motte Husson in Mayenne, Pays de la Loire for £280,000, their adventures were filmed for a British TV Show. Escape to the Chateau was a massive hit. Viewers were captivated as they watched the couple fall […]

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How bank cards work in France

How bank cards work in France

Written by on August 27, 2019 in Banks and Banking

Did you know that French banks may restrict the amount of money you can spend on your card. It’s something that regularly catches people out when they’re new to France. We asked the experts at Credit Agricole Britline, the French bank that speaks English, how to avoid this problem and all about French cards… How […]

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Guide to the French Avis d’Impot | Income Tax

Guide to the French Avis d’Impot | Income Tax

Written by on August 20, 2019 in Tax

Avis d’Impot is basically income tax in France. All tax residents of France are required to complete a form for the Avis d’Impot which includes reported income and the requirement for the date of submission may change. A general calendar of dates for tax notices is available online as well as by mail.  Understanding your […]

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Property in France

What you need to know about buying a Monument Historique in France

What you need to know about buying a Monument Historique in France

Written by on September 11, 2019 in Buying a Home, Property in France

France is renowned the world over for its outstanding collection of historic buildings. Châteaux in particular are strategically scattered the length and breadth of the country. And, many are for sale as private homes and hotels. What does Monument Historique mean? Simple barns, Cistercian abbeys, ancient fortresses and fairy tale châteaux all have one thing […]

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Property Guide to Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes, Nouvelle Aquitaine

Property Guide to Deux-Sèvres, Poitou-Charentes, Nouvelle Aquitaine

Written by on August 8, 2019 in Property in France

The rural department of Deux-Sèvres, in Poitou-Charentes (part of Nouvelle Aquitaine) has a landscape of charming small villages and towns, waterways and lush green countryside. The name of the department literally means ‘two Sevrès’ as the sources of both the Sèvre Nantaise and Sèvre Niortaise rivers can be found here. The capital of the department, […]

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Key to buying property in France | Home Hunts free market insights report

Key to buying property in France | Home Hunts free market insights report

Written by on July 31, 2019 in Buying a Home, Property in France

Inside France is Home Hunts’ annual, full-colour report, providing analysis, insights and recommendations on how to find the best real estate investment opportunities in France. Free to download, it is packed with useful information and advice to help you secure your dream home in France – stress free and at the right price. How much […]

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Bon weekend from the back of a motorbike in France…

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. I’m sending you this newsletter from the back of a Harley Davidson as I’m on a road trip round the most northerly region of France. Join me on Instagram where I’ll be posting photos (and even a few videos) from the Chateau de Chantilly – where I’ll be […]

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Bon weekend from France | Chateaux, Dordogne & gluten free France

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. Here it feels like autumn is well on the way, there’s a chill in the air in the morning and at night, and the leaves are starting to turn golden in the trees. On my walk with the dogs this morning the signs for fall were clear, the […]

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Bon weekend from a cake shop in France

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. Wow – where did August go?! Is it just me or did it seem to whizz by? Here in France we’re all gearing up for la rentrée – the return to work and school after the long summer holidays. You might think everyone would be a bit fed […]

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