Holidays and Things to do

Normandy D-Day Beaches Tour

Normandy D-Day Beaches Tour

Written by on January 4, 2018 in Tours in France

Early in the morning on June 6, 1944, about 156,000 Allied soldiers stormed a handful of beaches along the coast of Normandy, France. The initiative was named “Operation Overlord” and it has gone down in history as one of the most dramatic chapters of World War II. Although choppy seas and heavy resistance prevented them […]

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Top tips for visiting Futuroscope theme park Poitou-Charentes, France

Top tips for visiting Futuroscope theme park Poitou-Charentes, France

Written by on January 3, 2018 in Poitou-Charentes, Theme Parks

Futuroscope theme park in Poitou-Charentes make for a brilliant day out or short break. Read our review of this fabulous theme park that’s great for the whole family. Top tips for a visit to Futuroscope Try and avoid peak times, in particular the first three weeks in August. There’s a “Pass Premium” available for 15€/person […]

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Futuroscope Theme Park France for a fantastic day out

Futuroscope Theme Park France for a fantastic day out

Written by on January 3, 2018 in Poitou-Charentes, Theme Parks

The award winning Futuroscope theme park in Poitou-Charentes, southwest France, is brilliant for kids of all ages! What is Futuroscope all about? If you haven’t heard of Futuroscope, what exactly is it? Well put at its simplest, it’s a theme park just outside Poitiers. The attractions are based on multimedia, cinematography and audio-visual techniques, with […]

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Gastronomy

Apple Tart recipe like Maman used to make by Chef Daniel Galmiche

Apple Tart recipe like Maman used to make by Chef Daniel Galmiche

Written by on December 31, 2017 in Desserts

The most delicious French apple tart recipe – easy to make, this classic French dessert is scrumptious. Maman’s Apple Tart by chef Daniel  Galmiche is superb. Ingredients 1 large egg 100ml/3 1/3 fl oz/scant ½ cup double cream (or crème fraiche) 3 heaped tbsp. caster sugar Butter for greasing 225-250g/8-9 oz readymade shortcrust pastry (or […]

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Wine tasting in the Loire Valley in Leonardo da Vinci’s cave

Wine tasting in the Loire Valley in Leonardo da Vinci’s cave

Written by on December 31, 2017 in Centre, Wine and Drinks

“I believe that great happiness awaits those men who are born where good wines are to be found” – Leonardo da Vinci. Well you can’t disagree with him I think, especially in France. Leonardo lived out his last years in the Loire Valley at Amboise. There at the invitation of Francis I, King of France, […]

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Rungis Market Paris | the new belly of the city

Rungis Market Paris | the new belly of the city

Written by on December 29, 2017 in Gastronomy, Paris

It was Emile Zola who named the huge food market of Paris called Les Halles, “the belly of Paris”. The wonderful Parisian photographer Robert Doisneau captured its vibrant life in photos for nearly 50 years before it was closed in 1969 after more than 800 years of trading, a piece of Paris history gone forever… […]

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Culture and Language

A day with Marie-Antoinette book review

A day with Marie-Antoinette book review

Written by on January 5, 2018 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Marie-Antoinette, that’s all you have to say and most people will know immediately that you’re talking of the Queen of France who lost her head. She is a legend more than 200 years after her death. Famous for her fashion and her farmhouse at the Chateau of Versailles. Famous for her scented gloves and silk […]

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The Christmas Cottage by Patricia Dixon

The Christmas Cottage by Patricia Dixon

Written by on December 16, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews

The third novel by Patricia Dixon sees a festive return to the tiny French village of Pierre de Fontaine. Nestled amongst the sleepy hills and misty valleys of the Loire you will be transported to crisp, winter mornings and star filled, moonlit nights. Relax around a glowing log fire and enjoy a taste of Noël […]

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A Feast of Literary Festivals in France

A Feast of Literary Festivals in France

Written by on December 14, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Who isn’t inspired by France, with its fascinating history and culture, scenic landscapes, historic towns and villages and amazing food and wine? For writers in particular, all this adds up to plenty of material to write about. Moving to France might provide more time, space and inspiration to write, but it can restrict access to […]

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Regions of France

A gem of a village | Yvoire Haute-Savoie

A gem of a village | Yvoire Haute-Savoie

Written by on January 12, 2018 in Rhône Alpes

When it comes to beautiful villages, France has more than its fair share. Despite visiting so many of them over the years, I’m still frequently blown away by the charm and beauty that these French villages possess. One such village is Yvoire in the Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes region. Is Yvoire France’s most beautiful village? A member of […]

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Sainte-Agnès a hidden treasure near Nice France

Sainte-Agnès a hidden treasure near Nice France

Written by on January 9, 2018 in Provence-Alpes

Sainte-Agnès, France is a perched medieval village, 10 kilometers inland from Menton, in the southeastern corner of the Cote d’Azur.  It’s a about a 30 minute drive from Nice and makes for a great day trip. This rocky outcrop gracefully dangles at an altitude of 800 meters above the sea. Since 1997, this medieval village […]

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The charming, unspoiled Ile d’Aix Charente Maritime

The charming, unspoiled Ile d’Aix Charente Maritime

Written by on January 8, 2018 in Poitou-Charentes

The little island of Ile d’Aix sits off the coast from the lovely port town of la Rochelle in the Charente-Maritime region. Quaint and quirky, this bijou islet is a perfect place for a get-away-from-it-all break or a fabulous day trip. There are just 40 full time residents living on the island and most holiday […]

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Live in france

Expats living the good life in Lot-et-Garonne

Expats living the good life in Lot-et-Garonne

Written by on January 14, 2018 in Expats in France, Living in France

Jane Vernon from Staffordshire UK, moved to France in 2005. Her first home was near Marmande, a tranquil town in the Lot-et-Garonne, southwest France. However, she recently moved to the town of Duras in the same area, with her four children. As an agent of Leggett Immobillier, the award-winning agency in France, her property portfolio […]

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Living the Expat Life in Morzine, Haut-Savoie, France

Living the Expat Life in Morzine, Haut-Savoie, France

Written by on December 18, 2017 in Expats in France, Living in France

  An insider’s view on life in the French Alps. You might say, that having lived in the French Alps for the last 15 years that Helen Watts, director and teacher at the Alpine French School in Morzine, Haut-Savoie, is living the dream, but has it all been plain sailing and what’s expat life really […]

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The Good life for expats in the Dordogne

The Good life for expats in the Dordogne

Written by on November 30, 2017 in Expats in France, Living in France

In 2003 David Burrows and his family decided on a new life in France. The name may be familiar to you if you are a football fan because David played for some of the top English Premier League clubs, including Liverpool and Everton. He was part of the last Liverpool team to win the top-flight […]

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Property in France

Bargain properties in France to make you dream of living the dream!

Bargain properties in France to make you dream of living the dream!

Written by on January 4, 2018 in Buying a Home, Property for sale, Property in France

I love to spend time searching on the internet for bargain properties in France. I can’t help it! There are some amazing houses at great value prices just waiting for someone to come along and fall in love with them and live the dream! Years ago I watched a TV programme called Grand Designs and […]

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Brexit agreement boosts buyers looking for property in France

Brexit agreement boosts buyers looking for property in France

Written by on December 22, 2017 in Buying a Home, Property in France

Home Hunts, a buyer’s agent in France, is experiencing a surge in the number of enquiries from British buyers looking to buy property in France. The reason for this is the result of a document released by the European Commission on 8 December, the same day that Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker announced a last-minute […]

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Leggett Opens Commercial Property Agency in France

Leggett Opens Commercial Property Agency in France

Written by on December 21, 2017 in Business For Sale, Property in France

Earlier this year, the Financial Times recognised Leggett Immobilier as one of Europe’s top 10 fastest growing property consultancies. Now, the award-winning agency is opening a commercial property consultancy, specialising in hotels, vineyards and general commercial property. Hotels, vineyards and general commercial property for sale in France Leggett CEO, Graham Downie, has 25 years’ experience […]

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Talented chickens, contests and more newsletter from France…

Bonjour, Hope you had a good week. I have had a genius idea this week: Chickens Have Talent show. It was inspired by my flock who recently put on a bit of a performance when I had a visitor! I’m going to be doing a chat each day at The France Show in London (26-28 […]

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Welcome to 2018 The Good Life France Newsletter

It’s was a stormy start to the year with the power going on and off so there was nothing for it but to light a candle and read a book in between my usual day spent on the internet and writing. This was seen by my cats and dogs as an opportunity to use me […]

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Secret Provence: the gorgeous beach at Estagnol Bormes les Mimosas Provence

Bormes les Mimosas is situated on the stretch of coastline connecting Toulon and St Tropez. It’s home to swanky villas and the  châteaux of the rich and famous. It’s also where you’ll find some of the best beaches in France, including lovely Estagnol. Why  Estagnol should be on your best beach ever list The best […]

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