Holidays and Things to do

The perfect ski lodge in Samoens in the French Alps

The perfect ski lodge in Samoens in the French Alps

Written by on December 1, 2017 in Ski

Samoëns is one of the least known ski centres in the French Alps outside of France – it’s also one of the best. Here’s why we think its a brilliant ski destination and we tell you our secret brilliant place to stay when you visit… Samoëns– one of the best ski centres in France In […]

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The enchanting Chateau de Brissac, Loire Valley

The enchanting Chateau de Brissac, Loire Valley

Written by on November 28, 2017 in Centre, Museums and Châteaux

The Chateau de Brissac is a privately owned home that had been in the same family since 1502 – May 26th to be precise! It was bought by a French lord by the name of Brissac and it’s lived in today by his descendants. This chateau, the tallest in France, is set in gorgeous grounds […]

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Christmas Shopping in Paris – where to go and what to buy

Christmas Shopping in Paris – where to go and what to buy

Written by on November 23, 2017 in Christmas Markets, Paris

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… goes the song, and in Paris that’s certainly true. Christmas is when the city of light pulls out all the stops, the streets glitter and the shops are chock-a-block with gifts and goodies to lure you in! Many shops go all out festive – even opening on […]

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Gastronomy

Christmas Traditions Provence style

Christmas Traditions Provence style

Written by on December 4, 2017 in Gastronomy, Provence-Alpes

Provence shares many Christmas traditions with the rest of France, like sapins de Noël (Christmas trees) and Pére Noël (Father Christmas.) But it also has some unique ones of its own. Thirteen Desserts? Oh My! Perhaps the most famous Provence Christmas tradition is the treize (thirteen) desserts. Wait, thirteen? Yes! These are eaten after midnight […]

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The real history of Champagne and its bubbles

The real history of Champagne and its bubbles

Written by on December 3, 2017 in Wine and Drinks

Champagne, that bubbly beverage that pops its cork for celebrations, is named after the region in northeast France where it’s produced. The name “Champagne” is protected and only sparkling wine produced in the Champagne region can be called Champagne. The same goes for the process that assures those trademark bubbles: It’s called the méthode champenoise […]

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Beginner’s Guide to French Cheeses

Beginner’s Guide to French Cheeses

Written by on November 29, 2017 in Gastronomy

There are currently between 350 and 450 distinct types of French cheese in eight categories, each containing many varieties, so the total is probably closer to 1,000. In 1962 there were fewer when President Charles de Gaulle famously said, “Comment voulez-vous gouverner un pays qui a deux cent quarante-six variétés de fromage?”(“How can you govern a country […]

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Culture and Language

Best French Immersion courses in France

Best French Immersion courses in France

Written by on November 21, 2017 in Courses, Learn French

If you want to learn French, to speak it like a local and understand it fully, the best way to learn is undoubtedly by immersion. It’s also great fun and when you’re able to fully immerse yourself in the culture and essence of France – it really does help you to learn better and easier. […]

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Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands

Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands

Written by on November 2, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews

Patricia Sands, the author of the Love in Provence series returns to the South of France with a poignant portrait of a woman who must learn how to create a new life for herself… Sixty-two-year-old Arianna arrives in the South of France for a two-week artists’ workshop full of anticipation but burdened by guilt. Back […]

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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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Regions of France

Enjoy a winter visit and Christmas in Carcassonne Languedoc France

Enjoy a winter visit and Christmas in Carcassonne Languedoc France

Written by on November 29, 2017 in Languedoc-Roussillon

France is an all year round destination offering something for everyone. When we think of winter in France, we generally think of skiing in the Alps or the Pyrenees. But, there is so much more to this fascinating country at this time of the year. If you are a lover of myths and enchanting stories […]

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Christmas shopping in Paris | Food and treats

Christmas shopping in Paris | Food and treats

Written by on November 27, 2017 in Paris

Paris at Christmas is a place of twinkling lights, vibrant street markets, fabulous shop windows and it’s a foodie paradise! Totally fabulous Foodie treats Pop to Le Bon Marché department store for the beautiful Christmas window display and for La Grande Epicerie. To call this a food hall is like saying the Chateau de Versailles […]

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Fabulous Flaine in the French Alps is great for skiers at all levels

Fabulous Flaine in the French Alps is great for skiers at all levels

Written by on November 22, 2017 in Rhône Alpes, Ski

It’s in the impressive shadow of the snow-capped Mont Blanc, the highest mountain in the beautiful, French Alps, that you’ll find the ski resort of Flaine. Located in the Haute Savoie region, and part of the Grand Massif ski-ing area, Flaine has earned itself the nickname of “big snowy bowl”, as it boasts one of […]

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Live in france

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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The expat good life in Charente Maritime

The expat good life in Charente Maritime

Written by on November 24, 2017 in Expats in France, Living in France

The phone suddenly burst into life with a sudden jolt of energy, and picking it up, I heard a distant voice, “Susan? Susan?  Is that you? I think I may have found something….”. My heart gave a lurch of excitement, the dread I had been feeling for a week lifting tantalisingly off my chest. There […]

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Investment Income Capital Gains Tax Changes in France January 2018

Investment Income Capital Gains Tax Changes in France January 2018

Written by on November 14, 2017 in Financial, Pensions, Tax

The draft French budget for 2018 was presented to the French Parliament in September 2017. The budget is assessed by parliament before being approved at the end of the year, so further changes are possible. The main measure affecting expatriates in France concerning Capital Gains Tax on Investment income is summarised below. Tax on Investment […]

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Property in France

Four essential tips to help make your holiday home pay

Four essential tips to help make your holiday home pay

Written by on November 21, 2017 in Gîtes in France, Property in France

Mediterranean beaches, majestic mountains for winter skiing and cycling in summer, and some of the most popular cities in the world – France is the perfect place to buy a holiday home that you can also rent to tourists. But what type of property is best and where do you even start looking? Buying a […]

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How to find the perfect holiday apartment in Paris

How to find the perfect holiday apartment in Paris

Written by on November 14, 2017 in Paris, Renting a House in France

When you visit Paris, where you stay is an important part of the journey. Staying in an apartment really enhances the whole Paris experience enabling you to live more like a local than a visitor. Why rent an apartment in Paris? Whether you’re solo, a couple, friends or a family, renting an apartment can give […]

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My Dream Property | Escape to the Chateau in Dordogne

My Dream Property | Escape to the Chateau in Dordogne

Written by on November 10, 2017 in Property for sale

Channel your own escape to the chateau moment with a look at this gorgeous chateau. And no, it won’t break the bank, I wouldn’t do that to you… It’s the dream isn’t it, a French chateau in beautiful countryside, well it is for me at least. I can’t help looking on-line at castles with pointy […]

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Crazy Cockerels, Black Friday in France and more newsletter

Bonjour, Hope you had a good week. Some weeks not very much happens here where I am in France. It’s a gentle pace of life on the whole and this week has been very quiet apart from the fact that my cockerel Ken has taken to climbing trees and dropping down on my head as I […]

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The most chic and best cocktail bars in Paris

You’re totally spoiled for choice if you’re in the mood for a stylish setting to sip that perfect sundowner in Paris. Will it be a Mimosa (classic Champagne and orange juice) or a French 75 (gin, brandy and Champagne)? Whatever your fancy we’ve got you covered. Sip into something more comfortable and check out our […]

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Meeting the makers of Legendary Reblochon cheese in Haute Savoie

“This is a little corner of Paradise” says the old lady throwing her arms wide and indicating at the window of her farmhouse in the mountains of Haute Savoie, not far from Annecy. We are sitting in her kitchen on a July afternoon and it is unseasonably cloudy – a rarity for this month she […]

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