My French Life

My Good Life in France

Written by on April 22, 2017 in My French Life
My Good Life in France

I’ve gone and written a book about my life in France! It all began on a dismal day in February when I left London with my husband to take my Dad to buy some wine in France on a day trip.  When my Mum died my Dad would drink a bit too much whisky at […]

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Gary Mullen and The Works One Night of Queen in France

Written by on January 18, 2017 in Music Events, My French Life
Gary Mullen and The Works One Night of Queen in France

It was with some excitement that I ventured out on a chilly January day to the Sceneo events venue in St Omer, northern France. It’s a lovely rural town, but I wasn’t there to enjoy the architecture, fabulous boulangeries and cosy cafés. I was there to meet a man called Gary Mullen and to have […]

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I love My Personalised Luggage

Written by on July 26, 2016 in My French Life
I love My Personalised Luggage

Everywhere I travel people stare at my luggage! It’s okay though, I’m happy for them to do it because my luggage is part of my adventure as a travel writer. You know when suitcases go round the conveyor belt when you land at an airport, you stand there staring, waiting to spot your case, trying […]

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Summer ducklings in The Good Life France Pen!

Written by on June 27, 2016 in My French Life
Summer ducklings in The Good Life France Pen!

In the last couple of months, Rocky the Rescue Duck has had 6 ducklings. I didn’t expect it as I didn’t even know she was nesting! She is a lovely friendly duck.  I found her at a day old in the chicken pen, she had been abandoned and the chickens were pecking at her – […]

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A Moment With Moët et Chandon Epernay

Written by on April 25, 2016 in Champagne-Ardenne, My French Life
A Moment With Moët et Chandon Epernay

I’ve loved Champagne since I was 18 years old when a boyfriend whose middle name was Rutherford gave me a bottle of Moët et Chandon for my birthday. I thought I was sophisticated, elegant and oh so posh with my heavy green bottle and its iconic label. I kept it in a cupboard in my […]

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Will I get the Legion d’Honneur for my services to France?

Written by on April 20, 2015 in My French Life
Will I get the Legion d’Honneur for my services to France?

Last week I received this message, and I promise you it’s real: “It’s nice for a French bloke to see that you guys love my country despite all the bloody conflicts we had and I am thrilled for your commitment to share it to your fellow citizens. You deserve the sacred Legion d’honneur for promoting […]

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The Grass is always Greener for some expats

Written by on April 14, 2015 in My French Life, Work in France
The Grass is always Greener for some expats

The other day I interviewed an expat British couple in France. They had moved here seven years ago, took early retirement, bought a beautiful country house with a lovely garden in a pretty village in SW France. We talked about how they find life in France and it started off well. They love the food, […]

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La Belle Vie

Written by on April 7, 2015 in My French Life
La Belle Vie

People often ask me about where I live in France, when I tell them the Seven Valleys, Pas de Calais, the usual reaction is that they’ve never even heard of it. That doesn’t surprise me at all, it’s a bit of a secret! The Seven Valleys area is a lush and fertile part of Pas […]

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The Beer Festival and Le Madison Dance in France

Written by on March 20, 2015 in French Style, My French Life
The Beer Festival and Le Madison Dance in France

I recently told you I was off to a beer festival with an Austrian oompah band (if you missed my newsletter about it you can read it here). I’ve never been to a French beer festival before so I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect – by the way they called it a soirée Bavaroise.  […]

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L’Escargot, London’s oldest French Restaurant

Written by on February 25, 2015 in My French Life
L’Escargot, London’s oldest French Restaurant

I go back and forth between the UK and France all the time but until recently I never noticed how much of a French influence there is in London. Walking around the area of Charing Cross, through Leicester Square, Covent Garden and Soho, I was struck by how many French style patisseries and restaurants there […]

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