Holidays and Things to do

Potager du Roi – The kings vegetable garden at Versailles

Potager du Roi – The kings vegetable garden at Versailles

Written by on June 1, 2019 in Museums and Châteaux

A short walk from the Palace of Versailles you’ll find the “King’s Vegetable Garden” – the Potager du Roi. It was built between 1678 and 1683 by French gardening genius Jean-Baptiste La Quintinie, at the request of Louis XIV. Open to the public, gardeners will love its beautiful paths, raised beds, statues and fabulous planting… […]

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The very best cruise Corsica and Sardinia holiday. Ever.

The very best cruise Corsica and Sardinia holiday. Ever.

Written by on May 23, 2019 in Cruise holidays

There are cruises and then there are really special cruises. The sort of cruise that becomes legendary. Cruising Corsica and Sardinia with Doni Belau’s Girls Guide to Paris cruise and tour holiday is one such. There’s nothing else like it, nothing else to beat it and nothing else that will make you experience the French […]

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There are loads of Free Museums in Paris

There are loads of Free Museums in Paris

Written by on May 21, 2019 in Museums and Châteaux, Paris

In Paris (and indeed the rest of France), many museums are free year-round. And, if you’re thinking that the free museums are only for hanging out in when its raining and you need a place to shelter, you couldn’t be more wrong. We’re talking top museums that you’d want to go to anyway including the […]

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Gastronomy

How to make Canelé de Bordeaux cakes

How to make Canelé de Bordeaux cakes

Written by on May 26, 2019 in Desserts

The origins of the little French cakes known as canelés remains a mystery, but one of the most plausible theories is that they were invented by the nuns of the L’Annonciade monastery in Sainte-Eulalie, in Bordeaux. When basking them, some people use a silicone mold. But I always recommend using traditional copper molds. Granted, copper […]

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Easy recipe for Chocolate Soufflé

Easy recipe for Chocolate Soufflé

Written by on February 25, 2019 in Desserts

A light, airy and utterly scrumptious dessert. Most people think it’s a tricky recipe but it’s not really that difficult when you know how. The soufflé as we know it is said to have originated in France in the 18th century when it was apparently created as a dish for the mistress of Louis XV, […]

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Recipe for French gingerbread Pain d’Epices

Recipe for French gingerbread Pain d’Epices

Written by on January 22, 2019 in Desserts

Whenever I visit the small town of Buxy in France’s Côte Chalonnaise, you will likely find me at the tiny market held in the centre ville on Thursday mornings. Though there aren’t many stalls, every-thing on offer is absolutely delicious. I especially look forward to stopping by the stand selling honey and French gingerbread, or […]

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Culture and Language

Are we french yet by Keith Van Sickle

Are we french yet by Keith Van Sickle

Written by on May 21, 2019 in Book Reviews And Interviews

A series of of short vignettes details the lives of Keith and Val, a couple of Americans living a double life. Half the year they’re in Silicon Valley, California and the other half they spend in St Remy de Provence, France. After several years of to-ing and fro-ing, learning French, making friends and really digging […]

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Claude & Camille by Stephanie Cowell | Book review

Claude & Camille by Stephanie Cowell | Book review

Written by on May 3, 2019 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Claude Monet, the impressionist painter is one of the most famous artists that ever lived. Many people visit his house and beautiful gardens at Giverny, in Normandy, and fall in love with the artistry present in the garden’s beauty. I, like many, associate him with his famous paintings of the lily ponds there. When I […]

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The Pyramid at the Louvre

The Pyramid at the Louvre

Written by on March 28, 2019 in French Icons, Paris

When it comes to innovation in architecture, Paris has long been a leader and in the last 150 years, dozens of architectural gems have made it famous for originality and boldness. Just a few include the Eiffel Tower, Pompidou centre, the Louis Vuitton Foundation and La Grande Arche in the Défense business district. These new […]

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Regions of France

What to see and do in Etretat Normandy

What to see and do in Etretat Normandy

Written by on June 9, 2019 in Normandy

The French coastal resort of Etretat on the Normandy shoreline is a magnificent place. It’s a place of surprises as well as good looks… The white limestone cliffs offer a breath-taking view from either the surface beach line or the pathways extending up to the cliff tops. They rise to 90 meters or so above […]

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The Picasso Museum Antibes

The Picasso Museum Antibes

Written by on June 3, 2019 in Provence-Alpes

UK arts writer, Tony Cooper, looks in on the Picasso Museum in Antibes on the French Riviera. It’s an area that was loved by the iconic and controversial 20th-century artist… I’m a regular visitor to France and I’m off on yet another great adventure to what I class as my adopted country travelling to Antibes […]

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The Spa Route in France | Where the waters fleau…

The Spa Route in France | Where the waters fleau…

Written by on June 2, 2019 in Auvergne

If you follow the “Route des Villes d’Eaux” you’ll come across the town of Volvic, known for its water, sold all over the world. It’s just eleven kilometres from Clermont-Ferrand, home of “Michelin”, and the same distance from the “Puy de Dome”, one of the youngest volcanoes in the central Massif area of central France. […]

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Live in france

Escape to the 800 year old Chateau du Masgelier in France

Escape to the 800 year old Chateau du Masgelier in France

Written by on May 31, 2019 in Living in France, Renovating in France

Fiona Jones from London fell for a 12th century chateau in the Limousin region. Undaunted at taking on a massive project on her own, she moved to France in 2014 to bring the neglected Chateau du Masgelier back to life. Featured on the superhit reality TV series “Escape to the Chateau DIY” Fiona talks to […]

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Euro Savings Accounts – What is available in France?

Euro Savings Accounts – What is available in France?

Written by on April 29, 2019 in Banks and Banking

All about Euro savings accounts: what’s available for both residents and non-residents in France… Let’s start with the basic euro savings account information. If you have a current euro account with a French bank which you use to make all your euro payments, then you can open a euro savings account. It’s a simple application […]

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French tax returns for new expats in France

French tax returns for new expats in France

Written by on April 29, 2019 in Tax

In all the excitement of moving to France, it’s easy to forget things, including the dreaded administration requirements. Making sure you enter the French tax system correctly as a tax resident is vital. But it doesn’t need to be as difficult as you might think, says Jennie Poate at Beacon Global Wealth. She explains how […]

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Property in France

The Good Life for expats in Carcassonne

The Good Life for expats in Carcassonne

Written by on May 24, 2019 in Gîtes in France

Londoner Linda Devine moved to France with her husband Bernard, an engineer, in 2014. After a lifetime of work in hospitality including management roles at the Ritz, Hilton and Accor Hotels, she knew just what makes guests happy and bought all the experience to her latest venture, a gorgeous gite near Carcassonne in the south […]

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Property Search France | From North to West

Property Search France | From North to West

Written by on May 6, 2019 in Property in France

Miles of beautiful coastline offer you a mix of fishing villages, sandy beaches and rugged cliffs. Close in terms of distance, this area is worlds apart from the UK… Northern and western France have always been popular holiday home destinations for UK buyers seeking easy access, excellent value for money and beautiful scenery. From the […]

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Property Management service in the Dordogne

Property Management service in the Dordogne

When you have a property in the Dordogne, the most popular department for British expats in France, and you want to let it out or have help maintaining it, you’ll need a trustworthy, efficient and caring property management company. Voila Villas are a professional team based in Dordogne. After 20 years in the UK property […]

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Recent Articles

What did the Pont d’Avignon originally look like?

Sur le Pont d’Avignon L’on y danse, l’on y danse Sur le Pont d’Avignon L’on y danse tous en rond Many of us learned that song as kids, about the famous Pont d’Avignon in Provence (real name: Pont Saint-Bénézet). For those of us lucky enough to visit Avignon and see the bridge in all its […]

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Bon Weekend from stormy France

Bonjour Hope you had a good week and a great big welcome to new subscribers – I’m delighted to meet you, and a warm re-bonjour to longterm friends here… This week I’ve been in Charente-Maritime, lovely La Rochelle, the exquisite island of Ile de Ré – where the colourful hollyhocks were out alongside the poppies […]

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A tasty tour of Paris

A tasty tour of Paris

Written by on June 2, 2019 in Paris

Travel writer Amy Mcpherson discovers where the locals go when it comes to eating out in Paris… “Don’t go for a restaurant that lists onion soup in its menu,” said Leo Goldstein of Eating Europe Tours when I asked him for his advice on how to choose a good place to eat in Paris. “Onion […]

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