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My village: At home in St-Antonin

I always knew we’d chosen wisely when we bought our house in France, but now everyone can get a flavour of where we live. Our small town, St Antonin Noble Val, is the setting for the recently-released film, The Hundred-foot

Boat in St-Tropez

French Riviera Gem: A Snapshot of St-tropez

David Shoestring heads to the prestigious Riviera village to see how the other half live.  A visit to St-Tropez last year managed both to confound and to exceed expectations. The boats in the harbour may be somewhat grander than of old,

©Jacqueline Davis, Ma Maison Parfaite

Settling into French life

Working as a property finder, people often ask Jacqueline how easy it is to settle into French life. She finds inspiration in Lynn, who took to her new life in France like a duck to water.

Less Style Council, more My Council

As one of the newly elected municipal councillors in a small commune, what kinds of things do we discuss? From school buses, to bins, to verge cutting, to complaints about roads, noise and neighbours, life’s rich tapestry is represented. I

Buying Rural or Urban, Don’t Forget the FX Factor

Whether you’re bound for the bustling boulevards of Paris or a sleepy provincial village planning your foreign exchange requirements can make the move much easier and leave you much better off. When the British think of living in France we

French postal service La Poste

While La Poste provides anciliary services like banking and insurance, the primary function of the French postal service remains to distribute mail. Letters for destinations within France usually arrive the next day provided they are posted by the cut-off time

Vineyards in Provence Photo by Ralf Via Flickr

The AOC Wines of Provence

Vines existed in Provence before the Greeks arrived in 600 B.C.; however it was first the Greeks, followed by the Romans, who introduced systematic growing and pruning techniques to Provence. The region has 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and very little rain – the classic Mediterranean climate …

Party like it’s 1789

Image Yann Caradec via flickr   Bastille Day on the 14th of July is the celebration of the French National Day, commemorating the oath of July 14th 1790 – exactly a year after the storming of the Bastille – the

Drinking & Driving in France

The relaxed attitude to drinking and driving in France has surprised and sometimes delighted many foreign visitors. Tales such as the account in ‘A Year in Provence’, where policemen were helping drunk partygoers into their cars at the end of a village meal were not rare. But things have swiftly changed, since the French government pledged to lower the terrifyingly high number of deaths on French roads…

An American family in Corsica

We ask an American living in Corsica what it’s like to work there, raise her children on the island and what makes the frustrations worthwhile. Cara Straforelli shares some highlights with FrenchEntrée.

Tillac in Mirande

Buying Property in the Southern Gers

The southern Gers region in the Midi-Pyrénées is the France of many people’s imaginations; sunflowers and gently rolling hills, medieval bastide towns and classic French farmhouses, vineyards and typical French country restaurants, rivers and lakes, castles and historic villages all of which is set against the dramatic backdrop of the Pyrénées mountains.

What’s on in Picardy

Cities, towns and villages around the region are attracting visitors throughout the year thanks to their music festivals, flea markets, local fairs and festive offerings.

France attracting buyers from Australia

“Australian investors are snapping up cheap properties in France”, says Nathan Mawby. “Thanks to the strong Aussie dollar, “rural properties that would not look out of place in a fairytale cost about the same as the median house price in Adelaide”.

Can’t afford to retire in the UK?

Around 70% of prospective overseas buyers are aged 50 or over and with 59% stating emigration for retirement as the purpose for their overseas property purchase, France remains one of the most popular destinations for those in their “third age”.

Lalinde from the Bridge by Jacqueline Hanks

French and expat communities in Dordogne

Dordogne has a reputation for being full of Brits and according to official figures, it has a UK expatriate population without equal in France. Why? It is an amazingly beautiful region with lots of space and a healthy property market.