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Reasons to love France No. 7 by Carol Drinkwater

Written by on October 10, 2017 in Guest Blogs
Reasons to love France No. 7 by Carol Drinkwater

We talk to Carol Drinkwater, the award winning actress and author of several bestsellers including the much loved Olive Series, about her love of France… Where was your first visit to France? It is hard to remember now. I think it must have been when I was about ten and travelled with my parents to […]

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Reasons to love France No. 6 | Culture

Written by on September 8, 2017 in Guest Blogs
Reasons to love France No. 6 | Culture

Author Antony Mason shares his reasons to love France and though there are many, the culture, Paris and Ile de Re have a special place in his heart… Where was your first visit to France? Paris, or Maisons-Lafitte to be more precise. I was born in the UK but christened in the Anglican Church of […]

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Hidden highways of France

Written by on September 7, 2017 in Guest Blogs
Hidden highways of France

It is often said that to really get to know a place you must get off the main roads and take the quiet detours instead. This is especially true of France, where the main roads are so very efficient at whisking you through whole regions, and where the detours are truly quiet and have many […]

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Buying a house in the Pyrenees-Orientales

Written by on August 30, 2017 in Guest Blogs
Buying a house in the  Pyrenees-Orientales

10 years ago, we found it, the house of our dreams, and, from time to time, nightmares! Perhaps I should back up and explain where we were coming from. I had spent 30 years of my working life in the Pharmaceutical Industry, a job which had taken my wife and I, and our children, all […]

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How to take a Velib bike ride in Paris

Written by on August 28, 2017 in Guest Blogs, Paris
How to take a Velib bike ride in Paris

On a warm sunny day, there’s no better way to get around Paris than with a Velib bike.  Bike friendly Paris has installed hundreds of Velib bike rental stations for locals and tourists alike. Author Michael Barry shares his bike riding in Paris experience… Velib bikes in Paris For a small daily or weekly fee, […]

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Gaspard de Besse The Robin Hood of Provence 

Written by on August 3, 2017 in Guest Blogs
Gaspard de Besse The Robin Hood of Provence 

Gaspard de Besse robbed from the rich (who detested him) and gave to the poor (who adored him). Often compared to the British Robin Hood but whilst the latter’s roots are shrouded in mystery, there’s no doubt about the identity of the famous French outlaw. Gaspard de Besse Gaspard Bouis, later known as Gaspard de […]

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The Cross Of Lorraine Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises Champagne-Ardenne

Written by on July 23, 2017 in Guest Blogs
The Cross Of Lorraine Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises Champagne-Ardenne

The Cross of Lorraine and Charles de Gaulle Memorial, Haute-Marne, Champagne-Ardenne. In the little town of Colombey-les-Deux-Eglises in Champagne-Ardenne you will find an incredible monument, the Cross of Lorraine, and an exhibition centre dedicated to General de Gaulle and the main historical events that marked his life. De Gaulle was born in Lille in 1890 […]

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My Personal Shopper in Paris

Written by on July 12, 2017 in Guest Blogs
My Personal Shopper in Paris

“Approaching the age of 60, I decided to update my style for a new, more mature me” said Martha McCormick from the US. She decided a shopping experience in Paris was what was needed and tells us about her experience. Older French women are my ideal. If only I could look as elegant and alluring […]

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Department 46 | Lot, France

Written by on July 10, 2017 in Guest Blogs
Department 46 | Lot, France

Although it is over ten years since we moved back to the UK, after two houses and several years in France, whenever I spot a French car, I still have to look for the départment number on the plaque. And if it’s 46, I give a little inward cheer and find myself smiling stupidly, or […]

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The Belgian side of Flanders

Written by on July 3, 2017 in Guest Blogs
The Belgian side of Flanders

Once a nation in its own right, Flanders today straddles two countries – France and its northern neighbour, Belgium. Ypres A short drive from Calais in French Flanders will bring you to the picturesque walled town of Ypres, in Belgian Flanders. A memorable way to enter the town is through the monumental Menin Gate. Its […]

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