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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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St Remy de Provence, a perfect holiday destination

Written by on August 30, 2018 in Guest Blogs
St Remy de Provence, a perfect holiday destination

Provence in summer… the aroma of warm baguettes and the fragrance of the Lavender that is in vibrant bloom in July lingers on your senses. Our family first stumbled upon this region in the south of france as part of a business trip over a decade ago. Speaking very little French and understanding even less, […]

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Finding the ideal property in the Dordogne

Written by on August 19, 2018 in Expats in France, Guest Blogs
Finding the ideal property in the Dordogne

The idea began, as many good ideas do, in the pub. Rebecca Randall, a criminal barrister and husband Greg who works in the City came to the realisation that they didn’t want to be commuting to and working in London until they reached 70. “Several glasses in and one of us (we still aren’t sure […]

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How tax for families in France plays a big part in life

Written by on August 16, 2018 in Guest Blogs, Living in France
How tax for families in France plays a big part in life

In France everything has its season: in February it’s skiing; in May it’s lily-of-the valley; in August it’s idleness; and in October it’s tax. This last is why, as the leaves begin to fall each year, my husband and I get together for a financial summit. Our budgetary discussions have a peculiarly French flavour, however: […]

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Expat Brits set up cycling business in the beautiful Tarn region, France

Written by on August 16, 2018 in Expats in France, Living in France
Expat Brits set up cycling business in the beautiful Tarn region, France

Years ago, expats in France who wanted an income usually took the gite route. Gites really took off in the 1950s when the French Government introduced a gite classification system to breathe new life into rural economy and British expats in particular saw the attraction. These days expats are becoming more and more entrepreneurial and […]

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Animal life in rural southern France

Written by on August 16, 2018 in Guest Blogs
Animal life in rural southern France

Philippe, our French estate agent, was already at ‘our’ house to open up the shutters, when his bi-lingual colleague Leontine was still busy translating the houses’ deeds for us in the notaries’ office. We knew we still had to improve our French, but it became more evident half an hour later, when Philippe ran towards […]

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Life in the golden days of glamour on the French Riviera

Written by on July 30, 2018 in Guest Blogs
Life in the golden days of glamour on the French Riviera

‘How this coast smells of riches!’ So wrote the American Jane de Glehn, wife of the English artist Wilfred de Glehn, when she first set foot on the Riviera after the end of World War I. A member of the Red Cross Committee, who had worked in the devastated areas of the Haute Marne and […]

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