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A British snail farmer in France

Written by on October 30, 2018 in Expats in France, Living in France
A British snail farmer in France

Mike Collins  from the UK went to France as a young man to study languages. He got a job with a large company and in his job he travelled a lot around France. He loved discovering new places and new tastes and developed a penchant for snails, the very French foodie favourite. On a whim, […]

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There are some very weird laws in France

Written by on October 22, 2018 in Blog
There are some very weird laws in France

Sometimes I get France. And sometimes I don’t. Take the law for instance. In my local café in which the locals gather to gossip, a recent topic of debate was about the misfortunes of a baker who owns a boulangerie near Troyes in the Champagne region. He decided to open his boulangerie 7 days a […]

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Cathar Country, the Aude and the Ariège, Occitane

Written by on October 16, 2018 in Guest Blogs
Cathar Country, the Aude and the Ariège, Occitane

I first visited the Aude department in 2006 and found a rural area rich in history with great food, fabulous markets and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. My hosts brought me to the river at Rennes Les Bains where hot water from deep under the ground pours out through a pipe in the wall.  In the […]

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The good life in Gascony for expats

Written by on October 15, 2018 in Expats in France, Living in France
The good life in Gascony for expats

We talk to American expat and tour guide Sue Aran who tells how her heart was won by a house in Gascony despite many trials and tribulations… My husband and I first travelled from Seattle, Washington to Gascony in May 2006 with a couple of friends, looking for a house to purchase together. All of […]

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Korrigans | The fairy folk of Brittany

Written by on October 13, 2018 in Guest Blogs
Korrigans | The fairy folk of Brittany

With its medieval towns and villages, wild impressive coastline and abundant forests, picturesque Brittany offers its visitors so much more than just homemade cider and galettes dripping in ham and cheese. Whole days can be devoted to meandering the narrow cobblestone streets and charming squares lined with crooked half-timbered houses. But, as night falls be […]

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The Great Organ of Saint Omer Cathedral

Written by on September 24, 2018 in Guest Blogs
The Great Organ of Saint Omer Cathedral

Saint Omer cathedral in northern France has grace and beauty. It doesn’t have the conventional architectural detail of sculpture encrusted entrance doors. But, it does contain priceless art works so typical of the great cathedrals of France. Here those artworks hang in dark, dusty corners without pomp and formality. Saint Omer cathedral has it’s own […]

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Discovering the lavender fields of Provence in Sault

Written by on September 17, 2018 in Guest Blogs
Discovering the lavender fields of Provence in Sault

The chances are that if you visit Provence from mid-June to mid-August – you have lavender on your mind and in your sights. Though Provence is well known for the fragrant purple blooms, it is not grown in abundance throughout the whole of Provence, though you will find fields of the purple blooms during your […]

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How a father’s tale of Normandy in WWII inspired a book

Written by on September 16, 2018 in Guest Blogs
How a father’s tale of Normandy in WWII inspired a book

You could say that my love affair with France and passion for the French language began in earnest, when, at age eleven, I heard French spoken, loving the soft, musical and even sensual sounds that floated into my ears. But the truth is that the story began before I was born, when my father landed […]

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A Quiet Retirement in France? 

Written by on September 10, 2018 in Guest Blogs
A Quiet Retirement in France? 

One evening a few years ago my wife and I overheard several tales of woe that almost made us re-think our plans to buy a house in France. We were on a golf break in Le Perche, Normandy, staying at a lovely hotel with a fantastic restaurant. One evening, after our eighteen holes we went […]

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France marks the Centenary of the British Royal Air Force

Written by on September 7, 2018 in Guest Blogs
France marks the Centenary of the British Royal Air Force

April 1, 2018 marked the first hundred years since the creation of the British Royal Air Force. The combining of the Royal Naval Air Service and the Army’s Royal Flying Corps into a new service took place at St. Omer aerodrome in Nord, pas de Calais as the Great War was approaching its close. The […]

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