Holidays and Things to do

Discover Brittany on a week-long luxury tour

Discover Brittany on a week-long luxury tour

Written by on September 24, 2020 in Tours in France

Early summer is the perfect time to head to Brittany. Discover bucolic landscapes and beautiful beaches in a land that’s brimming with culture and art. Chateaux galore, medieval towns, mile after mile of peaceful and picturesque countryside dotted with pretty little villages or oodles of long, golden sandy beaches. Local cuisine, boulangeries with fresh baked […]

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Provence lavender photography tour

Provence lavender photography tour

Written by on September 15, 2020 in Tours in France

Hone your photography skills on a seriously special tour amidst the scented lavender fields and in the most beautiful villages of Provence. You’ll experience the Provencal way of life, visit colourful street markets, celebrate Bastille Day, explore magical medieval villages and discover secret places. And you’ll capture this enchanting experience on camera with a superb […]

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The best gastronomic guided Tour of Dordogne

The best gastronomic guided Tour of Dordogne

Written by on August 23, 2020 in Tours in France

One of the main reasons we all love France so much is for it’s wonderful gastronomy. Those marvellous markets, the cake and bread shops, cheese and wine – they are as every bit as alluring as the enchanting castles, fabulous countryside and wonderful vineyards. French gastronomy is world famous. It’s UNESCO listed even. And in Dordogne […]

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Gastronomy

Recipe for sweet Pithiviers

Recipe for sweet Pithiviers

Written by on November 12, 2020 in Desserts

Pithiviers is a puff pastry pie that originated in its current form from the town of Pithiviers in Loiret, in the Centre-Val de Loire region. The sweet cake is loved all over France. It’s claimed the true origins of Pithiviers date back before the Middle Ages, even to the time of the Romans but the […]

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Recipe for apple, pear and speculoos crumble

Recipe for apple, pear and speculoos crumble

Written by on October 22, 2020 in Desserts

I live in a tiny village in the middle of nowhere, northern France. But it doesn’t mean I miss out on amazing French gastronomy, and I don’t even need to leave home! Three times a week the Bread Man delivers bread to our village and many others in the area. His deliveries mean we all […]

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How to make Cherries Jubilee

How to make Cherries Jubilee

Written by on September 17, 2020 in Desserts

Cherries jubilee is an old school classic French dessert though it was invented in England. It’s super easy to make and utterly delicious. The recipe is credited to the great French chef Auguste Escoffier, who created the dish in honour of the the Queen Victoria’s diamond Jubilee celebrations in 1897. The dish is made with […]

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Culture and Language

The City of Tears, Kate Mosse

The City of Tears, Kate Mosse

Written by on November 19, 2020 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Following on from  the bestselling The Burning Chambers, Kate Mosse’s The City of Tears is the second thrilling historical epic in The Burning Chambers Series. The City of Tears is a historical fictional tale, based on events known to have happened between 1562 and 1598, the time of the Wars of Religion in France. And […]

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The classified arts of France

The classified arts of France

Written by on October 23, 2020 in Art and Artists

Every now and again, when chatting to French friends they’ll drop in a sentence that contains the words “the 7th Art” or maybe “the 9th Art” and recently there was talk about the “10th Art”. You, like me, might be wondering what on earth they’re going on about… Well in France, the arts are classified. […]

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Review of Finding Paris: A Novel by Joanne Kimes

Review of Finding Paris: A Novel by Joanne Kimes

Written by on October 15, 2020 in Book Reviews And Interviews

The magic of Paris weaves its spell on two unsuspecting American women. A charming, authentic and heart-warming tale that takes the reader along on their journey… Finding Paris: A Novel This wonderful story is a true voyage of discovery for two American women. From very different walks of life they meet at a French class. […]

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Regions of France

Hidden gems in the Var, Provence

Hidden gems in the Var, Provence

Written by on October 5, 2020 in Provence-Alpes

It’s impossible to overdo it pottering about in the many picturesque hilltop villages of Provence. Browsing the morning markets and sitting by the dreamy Le Lac de Sainte Croix with a good book or magazine is heavenly. But there are some unusual places in Provence you might not know about. Abi at The Little French […]

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Discover Gorgeous Gers – Gascony

Discover Gorgeous Gers – Gascony

Written by on August 27, 2020 in Midi-Pyrénées

Take to the road in Gascony and discover some of its charms. From medieval villages, quirky museums and the most intoxicating gastronomy … The Gers –  Gascony The Gers, or Gascony some call it, is one of the most rural regions in all of France. You’ll find it in southwest France, just west of Toulouse. […]

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Iconic Morris Columns of Paris

Iconic Morris Columns of Paris

Written by on August 24, 2020 in Paris

If you visit Paris, you can’t help but notice tall cylindrical dark green columns with advertisement posters plastered round their middle. Colonne Morris (Morris Columns) as they are known, are an iconic feature of the city’s landscape as much as the red post boxes of London and the fire hydrants of New York. And yet, […]

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Live in france

Expert essential tips for moving to France

Expert essential tips for moving to France

Written by on November 23, 2020 in Banks and Banking

Moving to France has never been so popular. So, if you are planning to start your new life, here are some great tips from the experts at CA Britline, the French bank that speaks English, to help make your move smooth… Living in France is going to change for UK citizens post-Brexit (1 January 2021). […]

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Universal Partners FX –  currency transfers that save you money

Universal Partners FX –  currency transfers that save you money

Written by on November 16, 2020 in Currency Information

The currency market moves about from day to day, sometimes up, sometimes down. But when you’re looking at paying the deposit on your dream house in France or needing to send funds to pay bills or for things like building work – the last thing you need is more stress and uncertainty. And that’s where […]

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Advice for residents in France with investments in the UK

Advice for residents in France with investments in the UK

Written by on October 31, 2020 in Financial

An update for UK expats already France tax resident (or moving to France) and with investments that are UK based from Paul Flintham at Beacon Global Wealth, financial advisors who specialise in advising expats in France. Citizens’ rights for UK nationals legally settled in France by the 31st of December 2020 are protected. An online […]

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Property in France

Expert property guide to Morbihan Brittany

Expert property guide to Morbihan Brittany

Written by on November 13, 2020 in Property in France

The department of Morbihan is in southern Brittany. It’s a land of contrasts, beaches, islands and captivating countryside. Home to Broceliande, a forest that’s said to be where the wizard Merlin once lived. Full of beautiful villages and historic towns like Quiberon and Vannes and going back further in time, Carnac with one of the […]

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How to live the good life in France | property purchase finance and taxes

How to live the good life in France | property purchase finance and taxes

Written by on November 2, 2020 in Property in France

If you’re going to need a mortgage to buy a property in France it’s a good idea to sort something that out in advance. There are several ways to organise a mortgage – either at home or in France. Re-mortgaging to buy a French home If you already have a mortgage or equity in a […]

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Expert Property guide to Creuse

Expert Property guide to Creuse

Written by on October 20, 2020 in Property in France

The department of Creuse, Limousin, is in the centre of France. It owes its name to the river Creuse which crosses the area. The western and also the flattest part of the region was an important source of inspiration for impressionist painters such as Monet. Creuse is famous for its 600 year old tradition of […]

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Recent Articles

The French Queen of Wine

The French Queen of Wine

Written by on November 16, 2020 in Guest Blogs

If you look at a list of the most expensive wines in the world you’ll see it stuffed with beauties from France. Look closer and you’ll see one name pop up over and over—Leroy. You think to yourself, I don’t know who this Msr. Leroy is but he must be quite the winemaker. Surprise! It’s […]

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The weekly update from a cat maid in France

Bonjour I hope that you and yours are well. Here we’ve been nursing two sick kittens, Tigger and Pooh who joined us a few weeks ago. (Here they are on Instagram). We took them to the see our lovely local vet. He thinks we are a little crazy. We first met him when we found […]

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Book Giveaway Planète Gascogne by Perry Taylor

Planète Gascogne is artist Perry Taylor’s fourth book of collected humorous drawings depicting the humanity and heritage of Gascon life. Wonderfully skilled at using pen and ink, and using a palette of muted colours, blues and greens, rusty oranges and mustardy yellows which reflect the earthy splendour of Gascony, Perry’s truly beautiful drawings present an […]

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