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Expert property guide to Corrèze, Limousin

Written by on June 8, 2020 in Property in France
Expert property guide to Corrèze, Limousin

The department of Corrèze, in southwest France, region Nouvelle Aquitaine (formerly Limousin) is a land of outstanding natural beauty. Unspoiled countryside, dramatic rivers and forests as well as gentle farmland. It’s a great place to live says British expat Ann McCarthy, you can go skiing in the mountains, go to the beach, a day out […]

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When’s the best time to visit the south of France?

Written by on June 2, 2020 in Provence-Alpes
When’s the best time to visit the south of France?

We asked Julia Girard-Gervois of TripUSAFrance who has run brilliant tours of the south of France for many years – when’s the best time to visit the south of France in the summer? “The last week of August is pretty good” she said, to our surprise. We asked her to tell us more… Why the […]

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Expert property guide to Herault

Written by on June 2, 2020 in Property in France
Expert property guide to Herault

Hérault is in the region of Languedoc-Roussillon-Midi-Pyrénées, southern France. It takes in the Mediterranean coast, with stunning fishing villages and renowned seaside towns. Capt d’Agde, La Grande-Motte and Palavas-les-Flots are just a few of its well known resorts. The countryside is glorious, covered in vineyards, with the Canal du Midi flowing through the department. And, […]

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The best Armagnac Tours | Gers

Written by on June 2, 2020 in Tours in France
The best Armagnac Tours | Gers

There are parts of France that are so authentic, so special, you feel as if you need to pinch yourself to believe they’re real… In the Gers department in the far south west of France, in the land known historically as Gascony, the locals make Armagnac, a world famous brandy. But this is not just […]

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The prettiest villages in Normandy

Written by on May 29, 2020 in Normandy
The prettiest villages in Normandy

It’s official – these are the prettiest villages in Normandy according to the Plus Beaux Villages de France Association. They award the coveted recognition to a handful of villages that have to meet strict criteria. Culturally rich, population of less than 2000, rural location and of course exquisitely pretty! Normandy has six recognised Plus Beaux […]

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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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