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National Parks of France

National Parks of France

National parks are a great source of pride among the French, with millions visiting them every year for their holidays. This makes them ideal locations for anyone thinking about setting up a gite or holiday rental business, or, of course, for anyone who just loves to be out in nature. So what is a national […]

The Best Walks and Hikes in France

The Best Walks and Hikes in France

Following all the recent confinements and travel restrictions, many have taken up walking for the benefits of fresh air, healthy exercise and the chance to admire some wonderful scenery. With such amazing diversity of landscapes, it’s little wonder that France is fantastic for walking, with thousands of kilometres of well-maintained and signposted trails suited to […]

France 2021 – Reasons To Be Cheerful

France 2021 – Reasons To Be Cheerful

Let’s face it, 2020 was a bad year for everyone, with cancelled holidays, visits and get-togethers, when life in general seemed to be on hold. With the roll-out of vaccines, we can all hope that 2021 will be a big improvement – especially if you are considering visiting France, or buying your dream holiday home […]

Say Cheese! - A Guide To French Cheese

Say Cheese! – A Guide To French Cheese

One of the many things we associate with France, along with wine, has to be cheese. With no fewer than 650,000 dairy farms throughout France, and a whopping 20 kg of cheese consumed per capita, per year, the French really do take their cheese seriously. As President Charles de Gaulle famously said in 1962, ‘How […]

Hunting  in France: La Chasse

Hunting in France: La Chasse

Whether you like it or not, hunting, or La Chasse, is a popular and much-valued way of French life, with over 1.5 million holding a hunting licence, and an estimated 37,000 new licences issued each year. So what are the general rules about hunting, and how do you go about getting a licence? We’ll also […]

Rural French Life - Full of Surprises!

Rural French Life – Full of Surprises!

Many of us dream of moving to rural France, inspired perhaps by the books of Peter Mayle or films like Chocolat. The fantasy of spending days sipping coffees at pavement cafés, picking up fresh vegetables in cobbled street markets and enjoying a pastis as the sun sets is certainly an alluring one. While a slower […]

Moving To France Checklist

Moving To France Checklist

They say that moving house is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life, but moving house to another country is even more so. With so many things to think about it can be hard to keep track, so here’s a handy checklist of the main things you’ll need to bear in mind […]