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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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Rennes, Brittany’s captivating capital city

Written by on September 28, 2019 in Brittany
Rennes, Brittany’s captivating capital city

Rennes, Brittany’s capital, in the east of the region, makes an ideal short break destination. What to see and do in Rennes The vibrant university city of Rennes, Brittany’s administrative capital, has medieval streets in the Instagram-worthy old town. It also has one of the largest Saturday-morning markets in France. You’ll find it in the […]

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Probably the world’s best Marathon | Medoc, Bordeaux, France

Written by on September 24, 2019 in Aquitaine
Probably the world’s best Marathon | Medoc, Bordeaux, France

There comes to every person the realization that they are not as young or athletic as they once were. It came to me in Bordeaux. When I was overtaken by Obi-Wan Kenobi and lapped by Darth Vader. Even a Dalek overtook me. Going uphill, only Jabba the Hutt was slower. See the vineyards of Bordeaux […]

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French onion and tomato chutney

Written by on September 24, 2019 in Gastronomy
French onion and tomato chutney

You can use this deliciously tangy French recipe for onion and tomato chutney in a ratatouille tart (see recipe here) and in many other ways. It’s lovely spread on toasted baguette, perfect as a pizza topping, goes great with chicken or meat and is utterly scrumptious with goats cheese and basil. Ingredients (makes about 2 […]

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French Ratatouille Tart

Written by on September 24, 2019 in Main Courses
French Ratatouille Tart

Fall, when the markets are overflowing with produce, is probably every cooks favourite season. This recipe, a variation of the traditional ratatouille is a delicious dish any time but especially so in autumn. It takes time and attention – but the luscious results are worth the effort. The recipe includes French onion and tomato jam […]

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Menton | Mediterranean charm and gastronomy

Written by on September 23, 2019 in Provence-Alpes
Menton | Mediterranean charm and gastronomy

When life gives you lemons, it’s time to visit Menton. You can be sure that someone there will find a creative use for your fruit. Shops in the bustling traffic-free Rue St Michel teem with products from candles, soaps and soft toys to food and drink. The town’s claim to be lemon capital of the […]

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Comedian’s guide to starting a B&B business in France!

Written by on September 18, 2019 in Expats in France, Gîtes in France
Comedian’s guide to starting a B&B business in France!

British stand-up comedian, mod, expat, goat whisperer (maybe) – and now Chambre d’hote host – Ian Moore’s unique insights into life in the Loire Valley will make you laugh out loud… Hosts, Goats and Chambres d’Hôtes There’s a point in my first or second book, probably both, where my wife, Natalie, and I sit down […]

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All about French oysters

Written by on August 20, 2019 in Gastronomy
All about French oysters

Italian adventurer Casanova was a fan of oysters and it’s said that he ate 50 for breakfast. Sounds a little over the top and yet oysters are a natural food source, responsibly and sustainably grown and harvested. Both wild and farmed oysters are rich in rare amino acids and zinc. The latter is an essential […]

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