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Holiday misery for the scam victims who believed they’d booked a villa through Owners Direct

Just a reminder what happened to users of “Owners Direct” because of their policy of hiding contact details on their website ! taken from the Guardian 23 Auguat 2014 https://www.theguardian.com/money/2014/aug/23/holiday-book-online-owners-direct-homeaway-scam   Families pay for accommodation only to discover, at the last minute, it’s non-existent. That means finding somewhere else to […]

Key debate on Brexit and expats

Key debate on Brexit and expats October 19, 2016 THE EFFECT of Brexit on British citizens living in France will be discussed at the National Assembly tomorrow (Thursday) andConnexion readers are invited to express their concerns in advance. The meeting, to be chaired by assembly president (speaker) Claude Bartolone and […]

Shopping in France: A guide to supermarkets and DIY stores

We all love shopping in France, from popping to la boulangerie for your daily baguette to browsing a DIY store seeking goodies for your new French property. This page provides a rundown of the names of French shops that you are likely to come across when out shopping in France, from specialist suppliers to […]

How the French stopped Aldi and Lidl

How a simple formula stopped the likes of Aldi and Lidl in their tracks and made supermarket shopping cheaper for everyone Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury and Morrison are all losing shoppers to discounters Aldi and Lidl, as Brits back the budget retailers in growing numbers, but across the channel it’s a […]

Angouleme – The Comic Strip Capital

In January 1974 the international comic strip festival started, and now the artistry can be seen throughout the City. Whilst in September the International Circuit des Remparts is a must for fans of vintage cars. The heritage of Angouleme, is second to none with Renaissance and Romanesque architecture and museums […]

Cognac & The Distilleries

Cognac is renowned for its architecture, fine dining and of course; its wonderful distilleries. There are many who offer guided tours so the choice is yours. The town’s medieval quarter “Vieux Cognac” runs from the Tours Saint-Jacques, alongside the river, up to the Saint-Léger church. The area contains many unusual […]

Musée de la vie rurale et de la coiffe

Wander back through time in a 15th century priory. Discover the everyday objects and lifestyle of the rural past in 7 exhibition rooms: a 19th century farmhouse kitchen, basketwork workshop, a fascinating display of regional headdresses and costumes, embroidery exhibition, the bakery, the laundry room and the barn with its […]

Ile d’Yeu

  The island of Yeu, which became a permanent island around 5000 BC, concentrates in just 23 km2 a diversity of landscapes. long sandy beaches and dunes held with the help of coniferous woods ; a wild coast with its proud cliffs, embracing golden sandy coves ; barren moors where sea […]

Royan – Places to visit in France in 2017

Royan has a long history as a seaside resort and benefits from a micro-climate on a par with the Mediterranean coast. It was one of the very first resorts in France to arise from the newly discovered fashion for sea-bathing at the start of the 20th century. Today it remains […]

a la carte

This is a great site full of stuff to make your cooking more french ….. By ©2016 Peter Hertzmann. All rights reserved.   This website, à la carte, started in 1999 as what was then know as an ‘e-zine’, an online magazine. It’s subject was French food and the French culinary […]

Les Steaks en France

by ©2016 Peter Hertzmann. All rights reserved. On the evening of Tuesday October 4th, 1994, my wife and I were completing our first full day in Paris. We spent the day doing some of the things that everyone does on their first trip to Paris. We visited Notre Dame—she wrote that […]

44 Classic French Meals You Need To Try Before You Die

Everything you wanted to know about French food but were afraid to ask. By  Marie Telling Buzzfeed.com Justine Zwiebel / BuzzFeed Justine Zwiebel / BuzzFeed 1. Coquilles Saint-Jacques Todd Coleman / Via saveur.com You think you know scallops but if you haven’t tried this dish, you don’t know shit. Find […]

Places to visit in France in 2017 – Nice

France’s second most popular tourist destination after Paris, Nice is renowned for its balmy climate and spectacular setting between the Mediterranean coast and the mountains to the north. Located just 30km away from the Italian border, the city has changed hands several times down the years and was last annexed […]

Introducing Cannes – The South of France

As you walk among the couture shops and palaces of La Croisette, the wealth and glamour of it all cannot fail to impress: admiring Ferraris and Porsches cruising by and celebrity spotting on the glitzy sunlounger-striped beaches and liner-sized yachts moored at the port are hot Cannes pastimes. Whether Cannes’ […]

Christmas Destinations – Disneyland Paris

Following the success of Walt Disney World in Florida, plans to build a similar theme park in Europe emerged in 1972. Under the leadership of E. Cardon Walker, Tokyo Disneyland opened in 1983 in Japan with instant success, forming a catalyst for international expansion. In late 1984 the heads of Disney’s theme park division, Dick Nunis and Jim Cora, presented a list of approximately 1,200 possible European locations for the park. By March 1985, the number of possible locations for the park had been reduced to four; two in France and two in Spain. Both nations saw the potential economic advantages of a Disney theme park and offered competing financing deals to Disney.

10 of the best restaurants in Bordeaux

A new wave of chefs has swept into Bordeaux, propelling the city’s restaurants up France’s culinary pecking order. And they’re serving up at decent prices too   Bordeaux may be the world’s capital of wine, but until recently the city’s restaurant scene had always been lacklustre compared with other French […]

Places to Visit in France – Futuroscope “Taster video”

Plongez dans l’atmosphère fun, festive et familiale du Futuroscope ! Nouveau en 2016, parmi d’autres surprises : enfilez votre peau de bête et venez rire en famille avec les héros de L’Age de Glace, l’attraction et, à la nuit tombée, vivez une soirée magique avec La Forge aux Etoiles, l’aquaféerie […]

The Most Beautiful Places in France

The Most Beautiful Places in France If you’re wondering where to go in France, there are no shortage of options—whether you want stunning cities, beautiful beaches, world-class skiing, or even fairytale castles. It’s a country that offers a bit of everything, and these 20 spots are its absolute gems. Read […]

What changes does July 1 bring in France ?

THE END of plastic bags in shops, new obligations for sites like Airbnb and a ban on high-emission vehicles from Paris are key measures which come into force today, July 1. Plastic bags Single use plastic bags are disappearing from supermarkets, boulangeries, garages and markets. From January 2017 even the […]