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A walking holiday in the Dordogne Valley

Written by on January 3, 2020 in Aquitaine, Tours in France
A walking holiday in the Dordogne Valley

Perhaps all journeys through the Dordogne Valley should start with stuffing yourself with punnets of freshly picked strawberries. At least, that’s how I began my exploration of the Dordogne Valley’s beautiful villages… I had arrived in Beaulieu-sur-Dordogne on the day of the town’s Fete de la Fraise, the strawberry festival that celebrates, well, strawberries. Straddling […]

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A taste of Collioure in the south of France

Written by on December 16, 2019 in Guest Blogs
A taste of Collioure in the south of France

On summer evenings, the swallows dip and swoop in nervous arcs as if anxious to protect, or preserve, the close of day in its melancholy stillness. A light hovers over Collioure, on the Vemillion Coast in the Pyrenees-Orientales. Caught in a pale brushstroke of watercolor blue, a wash which holds the houses together as they […]

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Unpredictable Paris

Written by on December 14, 2019 in Guest Blogs
Unpredictable Paris

Paris is an ancient, time-shifting, secret society. I made it to the ripe old age of 61 by creating plans and organizing my life around them. This should come as no surprise. The clearest memory I have of my father is him sitting at the breakfast table looking from my sister to my brother then […]

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Vin Chaud recipe from France

Written by on December 6, 2019 in Wine and Drinks
Vin Chaud recipe from France

The most sensational, lush, delectable French mulled wine, deep ruby red, spicy and deliciously warming, this recipe outranks all others… This vin chaud recipe takes a somewhat different approach to flavouring the wine compared to other recipes. Instead of simmering the wine with the mulling spices, leave it to steep for three days along with […]

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How a rural French village inspired a novelist

Written by on November 25, 2019 in Guest Blogs
How a rural French village inspired a novelist

In August 2014, I gave up my job teaching English in Lyon to house-sit a farm in Vienne and write a novel. I wasn’t particularly looking for the literary good life. I just wanted a break from the city. Six months later I finished it. But the elation was short-lived. I didn’t like it at […]

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Tips for settling in France

Written by on November 25, 2019 in Living in France
Tips for settling in France

Getting established in any new country takes time. Here are some handy hints to help you settle in France… It may seem obvious, but for anyone moving to France, first brush up or learn to speak some French – it will make life easier and, after all, it’s only polite! There’s no getting away from […]

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Get your French property ready for winter

Written by on November 19, 2019 in Insurance, Living in France
Get your French property ready for winter

Practical tips on keeping your home in France secure and in good condition when cold weather arrives. These tips will help you get your French property ready for winter. What’s winter like in France? There are many reasons to love winters in France. The crisp blue skies on a clear day, the hearty soups and […]

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Campervan road trip in Provence

Written by on November 14, 2019 in Camping and Caravanning
Campervan road trip in Provence

Rachel Ifans and schoolfriend Lucy Shrimpton decided to throw their kids in a pair of twin campervans and go in search of Autumn sun in the Vaucluse. Here’s Rachel’s report of their road trip… We flew from London Gatwick to Marseille with Easyjet. On arrival we picked up our hire vans there, using a company […]

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Rouen Christmas Market, Normandy

Written by on November 5, 2019 in Christmas Markets
Rouen Christmas Market, Normandy

Rouen is a firm favourite with visitors to Normandy. There’s just something about those multicoloured half-timbered houses and gothic churches on every street corner – as French cities go, the ‘city of 100 bell towers’ (as Rouen was once called by French writer Victor Hugo) is certainly up there with the prettiest of them! For […]

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The Wine Lover’s Guide to Bordeaux, France

Written by on November 4, 2019 in Aquitaine, Wine and Drinks
The Wine Lover’s Guide to Bordeaux, France

A visit to Bordeaux’s stunning vineyards and fairytale chateaux must feature on any wine lover’s bucket list. But with so many superb quality producers and cultural treasures to choose from, how on earth do you put together the perfect Bordeaux itinerary? We asked Laurent Yung, founder of SomMailier wine club in the US. He’s a […]

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