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A taste of Collioure in the south of France

Written by on December 16, 2019 in Guest Blogs
A taste of Collioure in the south of France

On summer evenings, the swallows dip and swoop in nervous arcs as if anxious to protect, or preserve, the close of day in its melancholy stillness. A light hovers over Collioure, on the Vemillion Coast in the Pyrenees-Orientales. Caught in a pale brushstroke of watercolor blue, a wash which holds the houses together as they […]

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Unpredictable Paris

Written by on December 14, 2019 in Guest Blogs
Unpredictable Paris

Paris is an ancient, time-shifting, secret society. I made it to the ripe old age of 61 by creating plans and organizing my life around them. This should come as no surprise. The clearest memory I have of my father is him sitting at the breakfast table looking from my sister to my brother then […]

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The Café des Chats in Paris

Written by on December 9, 2019 in Guest Blogs
The Café des Chats in Paris

In the centre of Paris you can visit a café that’s also a cosy refuge for abandoned cats. Highly recommended for cat and coffee lovers! Margaux Grandelon opened her first Cat Café in 2013 in the Marais district. I visited her second little establishment close to the Bastille monument at 9, Rue Sedaine and enjoyed […]

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How a rural French village inspired a novelist

Written by on November 25, 2019 in Guest Blogs
How a rural French village inspired a novelist

In August 2014, I gave up my job teaching English in Lyon to house-sit a farm in Vienne and write a novel. I wasn’t particularly looking for the literary good life. I just wanted a break from the city. Six months later I finished it. But the elation was short-lived. I didn’t like it at […]

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British expats run a “charity cottage” in Burgundy

Written by on November 25, 2019 in Expats in France
British expats run a “charity cottage” in Burgundy

We chat to Rosy Rabson, a British expat who retired to Burgundy and run a gite from which all proceeds go to charity. Based in the Morvan area, with its regional natural park, a land of ancient castles, picturesque villages, forests and lakes, it is a largely undiscovered by tourists part of France – and […]

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British expat opens chic cafe in rural France

Written by on October 8, 2019 in Expats in France, Living in France
British expat opens chic cafe in rural France

Katharine Tasker from London upped sticks in the city and moved to the sticks in rural northern France. With her she brought a sprinkling of urban style to her new build home and thriving new business, a café and shop… Pas de Calais is a region of meadows and forests, the countryside is criss crossed […]

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Comedian’s guide to starting a B&B business in France!

Written by on September 18, 2019 in Expats in France, Gîtes in France
Comedian’s guide to starting a B&B business in France!

British stand-up comedian, mod, expat, goat whisperer (maybe) – and now Chambre d’hote host – Ian Moore’s unique insights into life in the Loire Valley will make you laugh out loud… Hosts, Goats and Chambres d’Hôtes There’s a point in my first or second book, probably both, where my wife, Natalie, and I sit down […]

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Insider tips to help you make friends with the locals in France

Written by on August 27, 2019 in My French Life
Insider tips to help you make friends with the locals in France

Making friends in France isn’t difficult I’ve found. They don’t care if my French is not great or I get my grammar all wrong. They don’t even care that much that I am “Flop chef not Top Chef” and can barely grill a bit of French bread without spoiling it. But there are some things […]

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Honfleur | The Belle of Normandy

Written by on August 8, 2019 in Guest Blogs
Honfleur | The Belle of Normandy

Honfleur is a French fishing village in the department of Calvados, Normandy. It sits on the southern bank of the Seine estuary where the great river flows into the Atlantic Ocean. If you love authentic old French towns, then you will find Honfleur one of the most beautiful there is. What to see in Honfleur […]

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The Lot-et-Garonne | Authentic France in Fongrave

Written by on July 23, 2019 in Guest Blogs
The Lot-et-Garonne | Authentic France in Fongrave

The Lot-et-Garonne department is in the southwestern of the Nouvelle Aquitaine region (previously Midi-Pyrénées). It’s has been described as “the France that you always hoped existed but could never quite find”. It’s idyllic; a paradise… Discovering Fongrave I looked over at my friend as she was talking feverishly about the still, quiet beauty of the […]

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