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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…

Victor Hugo and the Joker

  When you think of French writer, Victor Hugo, you probably think of his classic works, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (Notre Dame de Paris) or Les…

Berets, Onions, and Stereotypes

  Berets and Onions In the mid 1900s, if you had asked nearly any British person what a Frenchman looked like, you would have gotten this description:…

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 …

The Bois de Boulogne's Chalet des Îles

Looking to get out of the city without leaving the city? The Chalet des Îles in the Bois de Boulogne is the perfect mini escape. Not only…

Free Films in the 4th

There is a free film festival going on at the 4th arrondissement’s City Hall. There’s a film tomorrow and another on Saturday. Hôtel de Ville For more…

Donating to charity and reducing tax

As the year comes to an end, it may be worthwhile making a donation to a charity or a non-profit organisation of public interest which, within certain…

New flight destinations from Nice Airport in 2018

Easyjet are adding four new destinations from Nice airport with two flights a week to Biarritz and Catania, Sicily, from 25 June to 31 August, and Seville…

Perhaps we are all Wrong! (Economically speaking)

We worry about the state of the Economy (or at least we are told we should) – but is it time for a change? Before I get…

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…

Snow in Montmartre

For the first time in my life, I was able to witness a breathtakingly snowy Montmartre last week. Snowy Winters aren't that much of a regular occurrence…

A Date with Paris (in the SNOW!)

For the first time in 30 years, Paris welcomed its heaviest snowfall this week - a whopping 15cm! It might not be a lot for some, but…

Eclectic music man

  Hear bagpipes and think of kilt-wearing Scotsmen, but the history of this woodwind instrument may go back more than a thousand years. Consisting of blowpipe or…

Agen museum is home to art and artifacts

    Thousands of pieces — from archaeological artifacts to art — are housed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Agen (musée des Beaux-Arts d'Agen). The museum was founded by…

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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