Holidays and Things to do

Unique Gypsy Jazz tour in the south of France

Unique Gypsy Jazz tour in the south of France

Written by on September 18, 2017 in Provence-Alpes, Tours in France

To many, the sound of gypsy jazz, or Jazz manouche in French, is the quintessential sound of France. Upbeat, uplifting, joyful and oh so French. When you hear the lilting music, it instantly conjures up an image in your mind of a 2cv clattering down an empty road, chickens at the window, sunflowers in the […]

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Chateau Vaux-Le-Vicomte in Photos

Chateau Vaux-Le-Vicomte in Photos

Written by on September 11, 2017 in Museums and Châteaux

Vaux-Le-Vicomte is a chateau with a dark past. It was once the home of a favoured Minister of Louis XIV who only got to enjoy its beauty for a very short while. Nicolas Fouquet was the Finance Minister of the King and a man who appreciated the finer things in life. He commissioned the design, […]

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Discover authentic Provence with this unique gourmet cultural tour

Discover authentic Provence with this unique gourmet cultural tour

A trip to Provence is often the trip of a lifetime. It’s a very special place and when you visit, you want to have a very special time and to create unique experiences and memories that you’ll cherish for ever. Martine Bertin-Peterson at Gout et Voyage puts it this way “if you want to experience […]

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Gastronomy

Olive Oil | the nectar that’s at the heart of French cuisine

Olive Oil | the nectar that’s at the heart of French cuisine

Written by on August 23, 2017 in Gastronomy

Olive oil is at the heart of French cooking, particularly in the south of France. The great French chef Alain Ducasse said “If my cuisine were to be defined by just one taste, it would be that of subtle, aromatic, extra-virgin olive oil”. He didn’t specify that it should be French but we’re sure he […]

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The places where the locals love to eat and drink in Avignon Provence

The places where the locals love to eat and drink in Avignon Provence

Written by on August 15, 2017 in Gastronomy, Provence-Alpes

I could tell you that Avignon is the heart of Provence – it is. I could tell you that it’s a place of history and culture – it is. But what you might not know is that Avignon is a place to savour – quite literally I mean, because this is a town that’s full […]

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10 great restaurants and bars in Avignon Provence

10 great restaurants and bars in Avignon Provence

Written by on August 15, 2017 in Gastronomy, Provence-Alpes

Avignon is a fabulous foodie destination. The sunny city, the heart of Provence has bars, cafes, bistros and restaurants galore. Just wander and you will find places that are feast for the eyes and the soul as well as the stomach, such as these 10 restaurants and bars that the locals love… Appeals to all […]

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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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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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Atelier d’Ofard wallpaper makers extraordinaire in Tours

Atelier d’Ofard wallpaper makers extraordinaire in Tours

Written by on September 3, 2017 in Art and Artists, Centre, Tours in France

In days long gone, wallpaper was made by hand. It was time consuming and specialist and these days wallpaper is made by machines. But, there are still two companies left in France where the 17th century hand and wood block form of printing is still used as it has been for hundreds of years. Atelier […]

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Regions of France

3 wonderful French book stores in Paris that you will love

3 wonderful French book stores in Paris that you will love

Written by on September 20, 2017 in Arty, Paris

Happily, one-of-a-kind bookshops are alive, well and thriving in Paris, and everyone seems to have their favorites. More than just stop-offs to find a good read, these three are slightly off-the-radar and provide just enough zip and zing to keep me coming back. LIBRAIRIE ALAIN BRIEUX It is no accident that Librairie Alain Brieux is […]

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Five fun family activities in Avignon

Five fun family activities in Avignon

Written by on September 8, 2017 in Provence-Alpes

Avignon has plenty to offer everyone whatever their age. From the Palais to the Papes to the famous Pont d’Avignon there are grand monuments and small in this lovely ancient city. If you’re looking for family activities for you and the kids, Avignon doesn’t disappoint. Little train tour of Avignon Visit Avignon in a fun […]

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What to see and do in Dunkirk in northern France

What to see and do in Dunkirk in northern France

Written by on September 8, 2017 in Things to do & see Nord-Pas de Calais

Dunkirk. It’s reputation sits alongside Agincourt, Waterloo and The Charge of the Light Brigade as one of the most defining military events in British History. All have been bought to the silver screen with big budget films and Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster ‘Dunkirk’ is the latest. Whilst Dunkirk is a name firmly entrenched in the British […]

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Live in france

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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Top tips for taking your dog on a ski holiday in France

Top tips for taking your dog on a ski holiday in France

Written by on August 29, 2017 in Holidays with Pets, Ski

These days, taking your dog on holiday with you is fairly simple. Plenty of B&B, gites and even hotels are dog friendly. But what if you want to take your dog on a ski holiday in France? It’s not that common but it’s perfectly doable – we tried it! Taking your dog on a skiing […]

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Property in France

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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How to buy affordable property Cote d’Azur France

How to buy affordable property Cote d’Azur France

Many of us think of the Cote d’Azur as a place of dreams that we’ll never be able to afford. It’s where the millionaires go – but we don’t all have millions. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. We talked to local agent Tim Clark about property in the area and discovered that […]

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The Good Life in Landes, Pays Basques France

The Good Life in Landes, Pays Basques France

Written by on July 19, 2017 in Buying a Home, Property in France

We talk to Mathilde de Saint Martin who lives in Landes in south west France. Landes is one of those places that the French love and foreigners rarely hear of. With 100km of sandy beaches and numerous resorts on the Atlantic Coast; inland there are forests and valleys with picturesque villages and Roman ruins. It’s […]

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Reasons to love France No. 6 | Culture

Author Antony Mason shares his reasons to love France and though there are many, the culture, Paris and Ile de Re have a special place in his heart… Where was your first visit to France? Paris, or Maisons-Lafitte to be more precise. I was born in the UK but christened in the Anglican Church of […]

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Join a Unique, luxury tour through Burgundy and Provence

  Join a once in a lifetime experience. Exclusive, luxurious with the best French wines, gourmet food and Michelin star restaurants in enchanting Burgundy and Provence. This is a 6 star trip for those who really want to experience the luxury lifestyle. Don’t expect a regular cruise with half a day at a port here […]

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Hidden highways of France

Hidden highways of France

Written by on September 7, 2017 in Guest Blogs

It is often said that to really get to know a place you must get off the main roads and take the quiet detours instead. This is especially true of France, where the main roads are so very efficient at whisking you through whole regions, and where the detours are truly quiet and have many […]

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