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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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Understanding French Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on property sales

Written by on August 10, 2019 in Tax
Understanding French Capital Gains Tax (CGT) on property sales

If your main home/principal residence is in France and you are a tax resident in France it is a legal obligation that you declare all your world/global income and annual capital gains to the French tax authorities. It’s irrelevant if gains are made outside of France. For example if you have moved to France from […]

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How to spend one day in Toulouse

Written by on August 1, 2019 in Midi-Pyrénées
How to spend one day in Toulouse

Capital of the newly-reconfigured Occitanie region, la Ville Rose as Toulouse is affectionately called after the colour of its brickwork really needs far more time than one day. But if that’s all you have, here’s how to spend one day in Toulouse by a local. You’ll find it wont be enough though, and you’ll definitely […]

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The Lot-et-Garonne | Authentic France in Fongrave

Written by on July 23, 2019 in Guest Blogs
The Lot-et-Garonne | Authentic France in Fongrave

The Lot-et-Garonne department is in the southwestern of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region (previously Midi-Pyrénées). It’s has been described as “the France that you always hoped existed but could never quite find”. It’s idyllic; a paradise… Discovering Fongrave I looked over at my friend as she was talking feverishly about the still, quiet beauty of the […]

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