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Driverless bus scheme extended in Lyon

Driverless buses are set to continue operating in Lyon for another 12 months, following a successful initial run.   Lyon's scheme was the first long-term daily service…

French politicians back 'soda tax' increase for sugary drinks

Fizzy beverages are set to become more expensive after French MPs strongly backed a hike in taxes on all sugary drinks.   The new system follows on from an…

The Mistral of Provence

The Master Wind Provence claims thirty-two different winds, but the mistral, that strong, cold wind that roars down the Rhone Valley from Lyon to Marseille, is master…

Five Riviera Cocteau Treasures

Jean Cocteau was truly a multi-talented artist. He considered himself a poet, but he was also a novelist, playwright, film director, set designer, painter, and ceramicist –…

Leaf Cutting Bee nests

  My daughter was cleaning out the polytunnel before winter comes upon us. She uses the polytunnel for growing on seedlings for the small flower business which…

An impressive Lichen

There had been a heavy rainstorm with serious wind overnight.  That August 8th the trees were in full leaf.  Branches were hanging heavy with walnut fruits. I …

A Week in the Azores

In January, my mom and I took a 6-day trip to the island of Terceira, in the Azores. Terceira combines colonial Portuguese architecture, Portuguese cuisine, green landscapes…

Photos from the Brittany Coastal Trail

My photos from my August GR34 hike are up! You can view all my photos from Vitré (Ille-et-Vilaine) to Le Bono (Morbihan) HERE. Concarneau at sunrise I…

Liz Magor Exhibition at the MAMAC

MAMAC in Nice is hosting an exhibition of works by award winning Canadian visual artist Liz Magor, best known for her sculptures addressing themes of history, shelter…

Red Bull Air Race – 21 & 22 April 2018

For the first time in its history, the Red Bull Air Race is coming to France. To Cannes, actually. Established in 2003 (though cancelled from 2011 to…

Do you Fancy Meeting up to discuss current affairs?

Blogging is all very well, but as you well know, my Blog is about dialogue. I have my views... but what are yours? I'm never one for…

Democracy is to be fought for, it is easy to vote for the status quo - But with no Change in the EU.... there may be no Gain?

With all of the Elections going on here in France and the UK I'm finally observing both people on the street (the 'electorate') and people in power…

Being a tourist in Paris - hey it's okay...!

Tourist, regular visitor or Parisian expat, these are some of the things that have gone through my mind over the years going through the stages. Hey it's…

Five Places to Visit in Paris in Spring

Spring has sprung in Paris..! Probably my favourite time of the year in Paris, Spring has this magical fairy tale effect on the city, like we needed…

Detour to the Tourtrès windmill

  Our relaxed lives here in south west France mean we are rarely in a hurry. Out on a drive one pretty day on our way to…

School's out for Toussaint — Kid-friendly fun

Autumn school holidays are upon us. It's been more than a decade since I've had to worry about keeping kids entertained during school breaks, but I remember it…

Wedding Celebration

All the wedding celebrations are over now. We went to Wales to Clayton and Karen's blessing and celebration party with family and friends. It was a lovely…

Visit to Wales

Had a lovely ten days. Drove to Lille and spent a night with Natasha next day drove through the tunnel and went to Gravesend to meet one…

On target............

Happy Monday to you all, I'm slightly wincing whilst I type today, if you have read any of my blogs before you will know that I am…

Moo la la is back!!

After a whole 9 months since writing, I am back! So, hello and how are you all? I realised the other day how much I missed writing,…

Ta-Dah! New Photo Galleries

Is it really the middle of June 2013?!?! I must apologise to any remaining readers (and to those that have long given up on me) for the…

Phase 3, Team 3, Year 3

Some folks have been kind enough to ask how our building works are coming along. Afterall, this is supposed to be a blog about our French Renovation.…

Winter sports and safety

Every winter season, between 40 000 and 45 000 persons are rescued from the ski slopes in France. To reduce this number, the French government has just…

Snow!

With the sun beaming outside and the rather mild temperatures, it might be difficult to imagine but... the mountains are covered with a thick lovely layer of…

Hope Association Twice-Yearly Booksale

It's nearly time for the twice-yearly Hope Association booksale in Clussais-La-Pommeraie (79190). The association are looking for help getting the books out from Tuesday 9th May, getting…

First cuckoos

I heard my first cuckoo of spring last Thursday, and another one this morning. The warmer mornings have been much welcome for me, although I would appreciate…

What to do in Paris in February

If January left you with no time to go ice-skating, or you forgot to indulge in the city’s shopping sales, the month of February still promises these…

What to do in Paris in January

January might seem like a slow month. Temperatures drop, Christmas holidays have ended, people go back to work and only tourists brave enough to bare the cold…

Attention all cats lovers

If, like me, you rely on the well-being of your pets to feel good yourself, you probably live with one, two or more cats or doggies. Unfortunately they often cost quite a lot of money but they are well worth it, we all know that.

Visit the most powerful trawler in western France

80 m long, 16.5 m wide, 4 Rolls Royce engines of 22 000 cv each, the Abeille Bourbon trawler is the most powerful trawler on the western coast of Brittany.

PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS UNDER FRENCH LAW

HOW TO HANDLE A PERSONAL INJURY CASE UNDER FRENCH LAW? The French legal system regarding personal injury has evolved in order to permit a fair compensation for…

HOW TO CONTEST A TAX REASSESSMENT UNDER FRENCH LAW

LEGAL ADVICE: December 2014 How to contest a tax reassessment under French Law? Under French law, inheritance tax is paid by each beneficiary pro rata to the…

Date night for those who are flying solo

 On sitting down to write this blog post I started pondering where I would send love’s young dream next and suddenly it hit me. For a long…

Date day at Disneyland

Once upon a time in a far away place, just outside of the city of romance, lay a magical land full of princesses, dragons and handsome princes.…

Gorges du Verdon's Wild Wildlife

The Gorges du Verdon is a treasure trove for wildlife, anyone passing through by car or on foot is very likely to see a natural wonder. Aside…

How the gorge du Verdon was born

I thought that for my second blog I would describe how the gorge du Verdon came into being, it’s natural history. This required some research, which brought…

A village history: The demography evolves

  In 2014, Jeanne, Guillaume, Idryss, Hortense and Nahel arrived in my village; their births were recorded in the annual Bulletin Municipal which turned up in my…

A village history : Keeping the home fires burning

In 1339, the ruler of the region of Faucigny, Dauphin Humbert II, proposed the sale of some of his territory to the King of Naples or to…

Open Gardens / Jardins Ouverts

I was outside in my potager this week, pulling off another revolting-looking tomato (thanks blight) and cursing the stupid worms eating the non-blighty tomatoes, when I got to thinking about how much I have to learn about gardening.
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