Holidays and Things to do

2017 World Puppet Festival in Charleville-Mézières Ardennes

2017 World Puppet Festival in Charleville-Mézières Ardennes

It’s bonkers and brilliant! The 19th World Puppet Festival will be held in Charleville-Mézières, Ardennes, France this year from September 16-24. This isn’t a puppet festival like any other, held every two years, it’s been listed as one of the top 20 events in the world – and rightly so. This fab fun factor festival […]

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Things to do at Easter in France

Things to do at Easter in France

Written by on March 25, 2017 in Events

It’s hard to think of anywhere better to spend Easter than in France, home to chocolate shops galore! Easter falls between March and April and that’s good news because generally by April the air warms up and with luck the sun will be shining. And, the chocolate shops of France are filled with sweet temptation. […]

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Musee Camille Claudel Opens in France

Musee Camille Claudel Opens in France

“There is always something absent that torments me.” Camille Claudel, letter to Rodin, 1886 Being a muse is not as easy as it looks. With the opening of France’s first national museum dedicated to the talent of Rodin’s long-suffering assistant and mistress later this month, Camille Claudel (1864-1943) is finally getting the recognition that she […]

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Gastronomy

Recipe for three cheese Fougasse bread from France

Recipe for three cheese Fougasse bread from France

Written by on March 16, 2017 in Gastronomy, Starters

Fougasse bread is a French flat bread, a typical staple of Provence. Traditionally it’s styled in a grain of wheat style (like the photo) and it’s origins are thought to be Roman. It’s a bit like the Italian foccacia  bread – but with a French twist. Fougasse was once used to assess the temperature of a wood […]

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Irresistible wine tasting in Provence

Irresistible wine tasting in Provence

Written by on March 6, 2017 in Provence-Alpes, Wine and Drinks

You simply have to indulge when you visit the gorgeous sunny south of France. Here, the great gastronomy is perfectly partnered with wonderful wines and wine tasting in Provence especially the area known as the Luberon, is an absolute joy. Vines have grown here since Roman times. The soil and the climate and a whole […]

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Sampling France’s Regional Foods with Belle France – Tour de Cuisine

Sampling France’s Regional Foods with Belle France – Tour de Cuisine

Belle France are renowned travel specialists that offer walking, cycling and cruise holidays throughout France’s many regions. As true Francophile’s they know the importance of good food and drink to any visit to France. That’s why they have created the Tour de Cuisine, an interactive map that allows you to explore the different flavours from […]

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Culture and Language

Centre of Contemporary Creation Olivier Debré opens in Tours

Centre of Contemporary Creation Olivier Debré opens in Tours

Written by on March 22, 2017 in Art and Artists, Pays de la Loire

In March 2017, a unique centre of art opened in the heart of the Loire Valley in the city of Tours. Aiming to bring contemporary art to all, the new centre opened the doors of its brand new state of the art building, a fitting home for modern art. Designed by architects Aires Mateus in […]

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One Sip at a Time by Keith Van Sickle

One Sip at a Time by Keith Van Sickle

Written by on February 13, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews

One Sip at a Time: Can a two-career couple really pick up stakes and move to Provence? Keith Van Sickle tells a humorous tale of the adventures (and misadventures) of a couple of Americans who  quit their jobs, become consultants and split their time between two countries. Laugh along as they build a life in Provence, […]

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Grand Bordeaux Châteaux: Inside the Fine Wine Estates of France Book Review

Grand Bordeaux Châteaux: Inside the Fine Wine Estates of France Book Review

Written by on February 13, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews

This grand, glossy and gorgeous book is the petite Bordeaux bible of finest wine estates by master of wines, Philippe Chaix. Discover a dozen exceptional Bordeaux wine estates, complete with tasting notes from a renowned wine critic. From Lafite Rothschild to Angélus to Cheval Blanc, Bordeaux produces the world’s finest wines. In this gift volume […]

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Regions of France

The California style beaches of Biarritz

The California style beaches of Biarritz

Written by on March 21, 2017 in Provence-Alpes

By the age of 17, I’d established my two life-long travel crushes: California and France. So when I first laid eyes on the beaches of Anglet, it was no wonder I fell in love. The wide stretches of sand, surfer waves, and relaxed bohemian vibe immediately reminded me of the beaches of Southern California. Soon […]

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Spring and summer is the perfect time to visit the French Alps

Spring and summer is the perfect time to visit the French Alps

Written by on March 20, 2017 in Holidays & Things to do, Rhône Alpes

When the snow melts in the warm sun, the mountains of the French Alps turn from white to green and the pure air is full of the scent of meadow flowers. This is the perfect time to visit the region of Savoie, to enjoy outdoor activities, discover picturesque villages and to fall in love with […]

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Caverne du Pont d’Arc a museum of ancient art in France

Caverne du Pont d’Arc a museum of ancient art in France

Written by on March 17, 2017 in Rhône Alpes

The Cave of Forgotten Dreams – When the prehistoric cave paintings of Lascaux were discovered in 1940, they created a sensation. Over the decades, thousands flocked to see the famous pot-bellied horses – so many, in fact, that the paintings started to deteriorate. Eventually the French government created an imitation cave – Lascaux II – […]

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Live in france

Expats in France Tax Questions Answered

Expats in France Tax Questions Answered

Written by on March 6, 2017 in Financial, Tax

If you’re resident in France and an expat from the UK, you’ll no doubt have to get to grips with the French income tax system. It often seems complicated, heavily administrative and can be frustrating. Financial expert Jennie Poate looks at some common questions that expats have about tax issues in France. Tax in France – Double […]

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Finding a travelling partner in your later years

Finding a travelling partner in your later years

A lot of people express the desire to move to another country once they reach their retirement, and that makes a lot of sense. After spending our lives going to the same job every day, we often feel like it is time to take some fresh air and venture towards greener pastures. France is a […]

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New French Legislation for Assurance Vie Policies

New French Legislation for Assurance Vie Policies

Written by on February 25, 2017 in Financial, Insurance, Tax

The Assurance Vie is the most popular long term savings product in France. It offers a choice of investment funds, tax and inheritance advantages. There are two types, those offered in France by French companies and normally only in Euros and those ore recently offshore in places such as Luxembourg and Dublin. The latter more often […]

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Property in France

Home seekers in France ignore Brexit

Home seekers in France ignore Brexit

Written by on March 13, 2017 in Buying a Home, Property in France

Will it or won’t it affect house sales in France we all asked, and we’re talking of Brexit of course. We’ve seen the exchange rate of sterling versus euros  go up and down and generally stabilise. We’ve had pundits and experts give an opinion but  the reality is that if anything, Brexit has actually increased […]

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Why now is the time to buy your dream home in France

Why now is the time to buy your dream home in France

Written by on February 24, 2017 in Buying a Home, Property in France

The French property market is booming, with 2016 bringing the highest level of sales for a decade. As house prices are expected to rise this year, buying a property in France now could provide you with a dream lifestyle and a lucrative investment opportunity. Despite there being so much political uncertainty last year, and now […]

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What is the Acte de Vente in France?

What is the Acte de Vente in France?

Written by on February 3, 2017 in Buying a Home, Property in France

  You found the dream house in France. You’ve signed the Compromis de Vente,  you’ve waiting around three months  and now you’re going to complete the Acte de Vente the last part of the buying process. The Acte de Vente This is it! The big day! All parties meet in the Notaire’s office. The balance […]

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Recent Articles

The bee keeper of Montreuil-sur-Mer northern France

Montreuil sur Mer is situated just a little south along the coastline from Calais.  Should you visit this lovely, ancient hill top town, take a walk around the medieval ramparts associated with their Citadel. The uninterrupted elevated circular stroll, embracing stunning countryside, will take about 30 minutes. Look below to observe a 21st century local […]

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Holiday ideas for France in 2017

We asked Karen Slater of J’Adore La France, a holiday company that prides itself on creating superior and unique breaks in France, where she would go in France for a memorable and special break. Though it was difficult to choose, Karen picked a tour in the lovely Languedoc region, often called the real south of […]

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Take a tour of the REAL France Profonde – Gascony

Do you yearn to visit a part of France that feels like the France of old – authentic, beautiful, tranquil and utterly unspoiled? Then head to Gascony  as that’s where you’ll find what you’re looking for. This is a land of ancient chateaux, rolling vineyards, cool lakes, forests and fields of sunflowers. Picture perfect villages […]

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