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How to watch the Tour de France

Some 3.5 billion people will watch 18 teams of nine riders race 3,500km over three weeks during Le Tour de France, the world’s largest sporting event. Hannah Reynolds and John Walsh, the authors of France en Vélo, share their experiences. The Tour de France

Port Valentré in Cahors in the Lot region of France

Buying property in France: Life in the Lot

Escaping the sun’s glare on the village square in Cazals, northeast of Cahors, I’m sipping a post-lunch coffee with Alice Loftie who, alongside husband Charles, is a FrenchEntrée Estate Agent Partner in this sleepy Lot village. On the walls, there are sun-kissed

The Calanques

The joys of hiking in France

A combination of one too many pains au chocolat and a desire to explore the countryside around Aix en Provence led me to agree to join a superb group of hardy walkers based out of Aix called the International Hiking

Cycling holidays

Cycling holidays in FranceThe joys of exploring the country on two wheelsLATEST CYCLING ARTICLES Tour de France 2019: All About Tignes The Tour de France is the ultimate challenge for any cyclist, and this year’s race is upping the ante.

Bringing the Language to You

Immersion is one of the best ways to acquire a new language. This doesn’t mean that you’ll go to sleep one night and wake up a fluent speaker the next morning.

Take a Closer Look at the Limousin Tree Population

A thought provoking piece from professional tree surgeon Darren Edwards that helps us better understand the importance of trees in our lives …….. “we can learn a lot about the condition, health and life of a tree just by studying its body language.”

Two natural ‘miracle’ paints

Although recent EU legislation had limited the VOC contents of paints this does not mean that all paints are now “green”, safe and natural.

Why buy in Franche Comté?

Historically, the region of Franche Comté, located close to France’s border with Switzerland, has not proved as popular as one might expect amongst English speaking property investors. This is in spite of Franche Comté’s natural beauty and plethora of tourist attractions, including three UNESCO world heritage sites.

Secondary Schools in France

Secondary education is compulsory until the age of 16 and includes attendance at a college until age 15. At 15 the next steps are decided by examination. The higher ranking students will have the opportunity…

Diary of a Corrèze Conversion

Like many of us Sam Parry and her family fell in love with The Limousin on holiday and decided to make it their home. They are currently renovating and plan to set up a cycling holiday business once the work is completed. They are keeping a diary of progress. As Tim and James were making their way through slating the barn roof, our French Contractor Remy arrived to start the dalle (foundations and concrete platform) for the extension that would link the barn with our house..

Diary of a Corrèze Conversion – Part 2

Like many of us Sam Parry and her family fell in love with The Limousin on holiday and decided to make it their home. They are currently renovating and plan to set up a cycling holiday business once the work is completed. They has agreed to keep a diary of progress. Conversion Part 2…

Diary of a Corrèze Conversion – Part 3

Like many of us Sam Parry and her family fell in love with The Limousin on holiday and decided to make it their home. They are currently renovating and plan to set up a cycling holiday business once the work is completed. They have agreed to keep a diary of progress. Limousin Property Conversion.

June Tips For Your Limousin Garden

In roughly 3 weeks time summer will be officially with us and hopefully the results of our efforts will begin to bear fruit, literally. If you haven’t already, cover your fruit trees and vines with plastic netting to protect ripening fruit from the birds..

How to Cut Energy Bills in Your French Home

Image not found.With the cost of energy rising, it’s more important than ever to find the most effecting ways of heating and providing energy for your house. Marc Asker of EcoPower considers the options and gives some practical advice

Pet pests and diseases

If you’re bringing a dog or cat to France you need to know about these portentially fatal pests and diseases that may not be found in your country of origin…

Rearing rabbits

Rabbits are prolific breeders, making them a relatively simple animal to keep and breed from. Here’s how to get started…

The French Educational System

In France, education is the responsibility of the state and is provided through a series of state (i.e., public) schools, although private schools are also available. Education is mandatory up to the age of 16 and is free until the age of 18. The Ministère de l’Education Nationale (Ministry of Education) manages all aspects of education …

Childbirth in Brittany

Image not found.”I’ve done something really stupid”, Kate looked at me with tears in her eyes. “You’ve scratched one of my records haven’t you?” I was joking, but I knew in my heart what it was …

Timber Infestation in Buildings

“Wood boring beetle”Wood Boring Insects infest most properties in Northern France and are commonly but incorrectly generally referred to as ‘woodworm’. In fact most damage to timberwork is in fact caused …

Breton Gastronomy

“Breton food & drink”Combining aspects of “Armor” the landscape of the sea and “Argoat” the landscape of woodlands, Breton gastronomy has over the years benefited from all the riches offered by the natural …

Educational Cycles

Reforms introduced in 1989/90 divided nursery and primary schooling into cycles (cycles pedagogique). There are three cycles, each of three years duration, designed to provide the ability for pupils to …