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Classic Coq au vin recipe

Written by on May 23, 2020 in Main Courses
Classic Coq au vin recipe

There’s a legend in France that the Coq au Vin recipe goes back to the Romans. The story goes that in 52 BC Julius Caesar arrived in France with his armies, intent on victory over the Gallic tribes. One of the Gallic chiefs sent Caesar a cockerel, meant to taunt him, a symbol of Gallic […]

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Wide open spaces to visit in The Loir

Written by on May 21, 2020 in Pays de la Loire
Wide open spaces to visit in The Loir

The Loir Valley is situated between Le Mans, Tours, Laval and Angers. The little Loir, a cousin of the larger Loire, into which the river flows, means ‘dormouse’. This conjures a very apt description of the area. Sleepy, rolling countryside, with charming villages and enchanting towns that seem to belong to a past era when […]

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Top things to see and do in the Drôme

Written by on May 13, 2020 in Rhône Alpes
Top things to see and do in the Drôme

Situated to the south of Lyon on the eastern side of the Rhône river, the Drôme department is split into three main areas. The Provençal part is to the very south, the Valley – Diois, and to the north, the Plain of Valence. The Drôme is the number one department in France for organic production, […]

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Recipe for chocolate mousse – parfait

Written by on May 1, 2020 in Desserts
Recipe for chocolate mousse – parfait

Chocolate mousse is a classic dessert of French restaurants. Served in glasses or parfait jars and topped with fruit, cream, crème fraiche, nuts, grated chocolate – whatever takes your fancy, it’s a really simple dish to make but oh so delicious. Chocolate mousse for four 6 egg whites 2 tbsp golden caster sugar 150g 70% […]

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Some of the dreamiest places in France

Written by on April 30, 2020 in Holidays & Things to do, Places to Go
Some of the dreamiest places in France

In 1787, 14 years before he became the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson toured France. He left Paris where he was based and made his way south, stopping en route at dozens of towns and cities, tasting wine, enjoying the food and writing about the people he met and the sights he […]

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Expert guide to Property in Provence

Written by on April 28, 2020 in Property in France
Expert guide to Property in Provence

Who doesn’t long to live in picture postcard pretty Provence? It’s the dream for so many, surrounded by lavender fields, relaxing in hilltop villages, enjoying the local rosé. We talk to Denis Descampes. Originally from Brittany he fell head over heels for the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and moved there to enjoy the southern French good […]

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Expert property guide to Tarn-et-Garonne

Written by on April 25, 2020 in Expats in France, Property in France
Expert property guide to Tarn-et-Garonne

Tarn-et-Garonne in south west France is one of the smallest departments in France but that doesn’t mean there’s not plenty to fall in love with. Named for the two mighty rivers which flow through it – the Tarn and the Garonne, it’s an area of outstanding natural beauty, gorges and forests, fields and vineyards pepper […]

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Win a copy of My Four Seasons: A Year of the Good Life in France by Janine Marsh

Written by on April 15, 2020 in Competitions
Win a copy of My Four Seasons: A Year of the Good Life in France by Janine Marsh

Win a copy of My Four Seasons: A Year of the Good Life in France by Janine Marsh, editor of The Good Life France! This is the follow up to Janine’s first book, My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream. It was to her great surprise and humble delight, a best […]

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Stay home and still enjoy French wine

Written by on April 2, 2020 in Wine and Drinks
Stay home and still enjoy French wine

Whether you want a glass of French wine to enjoy over a Zoom or FaceTime call to catch up with friends, or to pair with a delicious dinner in the garden after staying indoors all day working, these trying times call for a glass of wine… With SomMailer.com in the US you can have your […]

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5 reasons to visit Paris in the spring

Written by on March 16, 2020 in Paris
5 reasons to visit Paris in the spring

There’s no doubt that we all love the legends of Paris from the Eiffel Tower to the Arc de Triomphe, the historic museums and incredible art collections. But some of us like to discover the parts of Paris that are not so obvious. The secret Paris that the locals know and love. We asked Annette […]

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