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The Good Life in the Tarn running a B&B

Written by on December 31, 2018 in Expats in France
The Good Life in the Tarn running a B&B

June 2005 was a difficult month for Peter Friend and his partner Mark. After a change of jobs, relocation and redundancy they decided they didn’t want the sort of stressful lives they were leading in marketing and business development for much longer. Considering their skills, passion for travel, good food and wine, setting up their […]

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Why Beaujolais Burgundy could be the next hot spot for property seekers

Written by on December 22, 2018 in Guest Blogs
Why Beaujolais Burgundy could be the next hot spot for property seekers

Stephen Solley, an expat from the UK lives in Beaujolais, Burgundy and says, not only is it a great place to live but it also offers opportunities for would be wine-makers… There must be so many couples, frustrated by all the stresses of daily life, who in an ideal world would like to move their […]

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How the Hunchback of Notre Dame got the name Quasimodo

Written by on December 13, 2018 in Guest Blogs
How the Hunchback of Notre Dame got the name Quasimodo

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of the most famous characters in French literature. But how did he get the unusual name of Quasimodo? For centuries, French law strictly limited the names that families could give their babies. They had to come from an approved list made up mostly of Catholic saints. The laws […]

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Expats living the good life in the Aude, Languedoc Roussillon

Written by on November 15, 2018 in Expats in France
Expats living the good life in the Aude, Languedoc Roussillon

We talk to Suzanne Sutton who left the UK for Languedoc Roussillon, southern France. She’s an agent for the award-winning Leggett Immobillier French Estate Agents and says this sunny area is great for expats to live. Where do you live in France? I live in a little village of around 90 residents, called Granès, in […]

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A British snail farmer in France

Written by on October 30, 2018 in Expats in France, Living in France
A British snail farmer in France

Mike Collins  from the UK went to France as a young man to study languages. He got a job with a large company and in his job he travelled a lot around France. He loved discovering new places and new tastes and developed a penchant for snails, the very French foodie favourite. On a whim, […]

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There are some very weird laws in France

Written by on October 22, 2018 in Blog
There are some very weird laws in France

Sometimes I get France. And sometimes I don’t. Take the law for instance. In my local café in which the locals gather to gossip, a recent topic of debate was about the misfortunes of a baker who owns a boulangerie near Troyes in the Champagne region. He decided to open his boulangerie 7 days a […]

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Cathar Country, the Aude and the Ariège, Occitane

Written by on October 16, 2018 in Guest Blogs
Cathar Country, the Aude and the Ariège, Occitane

I first visited the Aude department in 2006 and found a rural area rich in history with great food, fabulous markets and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. My hosts brought me to the river at Rennes Les Bains where hot water from deep under the ground pours out through a pipe in the wall.  In the […]

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The good life in Gascony for expats

Written by on October 15, 2018 in Expats in France, Living in France
The good life in Gascony for expats

We talk to American expat and tour guide Sue Aran who tells how her heart was won by a house in Gascony despite many trials and tribulations… My husband and I first travelled from Seattle, Washington to Gascony in May 2006 with a couple of friends, looking for a house to purchase together. All of […]

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Korrigans | The fairy folk of Brittany

Written by on October 13, 2018 in Guest Blogs
Korrigans | The fairy folk of Brittany

With its medieval towns and villages, wild impressive coastline and abundant forests, picturesque Brittany offers its visitors so much more than just homemade cider and galettes dripping in ham and cheese. Whole days can be devoted to meandering the narrow cobblestone streets and charming squares lined with crooked half-timbered houses. But, as night falls be […]

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The Great Organ of Saint Omer Cathedral

Written by on September 24, 2018 in Guest Blogs
The Great Organ of Saint Omer Cathedral

Saint Omer cathedral in northern France has grace and beauty. It doesn’t have the conventional architectural detail of sculpture encrusted entrance doors. But, it does contain priceless art works so typical of the great cathedrals of France. Here those artworks hang in dark, dusty corners without pomp and formality. Saint Omer cathedral has it’s own […]

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