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The Good Life for expats in the Loire Valley

Written by on April 22, 2018 in Expats in France, Living in France
The Good Life for expats in the Loire Valley

Charlotte Field from the UK talks about life as an expat in charming Chinon, Loire Valley where she has lived for eight years and works as a local agent for Leggett Immobillier, the award winning French Estate Agency… Where are you from and how did you come to be living in France? I was brought […]

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The story of the Matisse Chapel in Vence, south of France

Written by on April 20, 2018 in Guest Blogs
The story of the Matisse Chapel in Vence, south of France

Night Nurse Needed – Should be young and pretty. This was the ad Henri Matisse placed with the nursing school in Nice, France in 1942. He was seventy-two years-old and still working while recovering from a serious surgery. He required constant care and needed someone to fill in while his regular night nurse was away. […]

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Louis Bleriot the first person across the English Channel by air

Written by on April 20, 2018 in Guest Blogs
Louis Bleriot the first person across the English Channel by air

France, especially in the north, has long had aeroplanes and aviation entrenched in its genes. There have been many great French air pioneers both male and female. Louis Bleriot was born in Cambrai and he was perhaps one of the greatest exponents. Louis Bleriot, Aviator Bleriot, from his earliest adult days, had an instinct for […]

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Paris in Photos | 10 views of the world’s favourite city

Written by on April 10, 2018 in Paris, Readers Photos
Paris in Photos | 10 views of the world’s favourite city

Paris is the most visited Tourist destination in the world, it’s probably the most photographed too! We never tire of seeing pictures of the beautiful city of light. These photos of Paris are by photographer John Woods from Madison, Wisconsin, US. He and wife Nancy say any time is good to take a photo in […]

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The Bridges built by the Devil in France!

Written by on April 9, 2018 in Guest Blogs
The Bridges built by the Devil in France!

The town of Vallespir, Céret, formerly in the region Languedoc-Roussillon, now the newly created super region of Occitanie, has a beautiful stone bridge spanning the river Tech. Built over twenty years between 1321 and 1341, it had, at the time, the longest single stone arch of any in the world. Known as the Pont du […]

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Paris: What to see and do for first timers

Written by on April 9, 2018 in Expats in France, Paris
Paris: What to see and do for first timers

We talk to Sandra Iskander, Editor of Where Paris Magazine. She reveals how she moved from Australia to become a Parisienne, and she shares an insider’s view of where to go and what to see in Paris… When was your first visit to Paris? It was back in 2004 that I visited Paris for the […]

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A family’s experience of moving to France

Written by on March 19, 2018 in Guest Blogs
A family’s experience of moving to France

Girton, Cambridge.  Nice house, good jobs, lovely friends. The most frequent question I’m asked is, ‘Why did you leave the UK?’  The most honest answer is that we left because we could.  I mean, why not? We were happy in Girton, but sometimes it’s a case of wanting to do something different, something a little […]

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British artist in France creates pet souvenirs

British artist in France creates pet souvenirs

  Artist Susan Faye, a British expat in France, has always been passionate about animals, especially dogs.  As a child she says she would bring home any dog she found roaming the streets but wasn’t allowed to keep them until at the age of 16, when her parents agreed she could  bring home ‘Shonti’, a  […]

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Walking the historic streets of Paris

Written by on March 12, 2018 in Guest Blogs
Walking the historic streets of Paris

If you know Paris, you will have walked over the Pont Neuf, the creation of King Henri IV (1553 – 1610), visionary, lover, pluralist, urban designer, and soldier, who inherited the throne (1594) as the bloody civil Wars of Religion between Catholics and the “heretic” Protestants were still raging. The fanatics hated him because he […]

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The Good Life for expats in the Gers

Written by on March 6, 2018 in Expats in France, Living in France
The Good Life for expats in the Gers

When British artist Perry Taylor and his Dutch wife Caroline moved to rural Gascony, south west France, one of the things they were really looking forward to, apart from the gorgeous countryside, fabulous cuisine and wines and laid back lifestyle… was keeping chickens. The real good life in France “We live in a 250 year-old […]

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