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  • D is for Dinde

    Published July 8th, 2013 by Colin Morley
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    In the latest of an A-Z of French food and cuisine, we examine the humble turkey and its myriad uses in French cooking.

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  • C is for Champignons

    Published June 25th, 2013 by Colin Morley
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    Our A to Z of French cuisine continues with an exploration of various edible mushrooms…

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  • B is for Boudin Noir

    Published June 15th, 2013 by Colin Morley
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    In the second part of an A-Z glossary of French cuisine, we learn that boudin noir is only distantly related to the British black pudding…

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  • A is for Andouille

    Published June 4th, 2013 by Colin Morley
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    In the A to Z of French food, A is for Andouille…

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  • Who's Kidding Who?

    Published May 28th, 2013 by Colin Morley
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    If you’ve ever tried telling a joke in French….

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  • The purchase process

    Published May 26th, 2013 by Rachelle_de_Bretagne
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    If you find a home, you need to know what the process of the purchase involves. This overview may assist in the purchase of a new home in France.

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  • Moving home in France

    Published May 20th, 2013 by Rachelle_de_Bretagne
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    Moving from one area of France to another, more than 800 miles away, has proven to be difficult, and the experience may help those who are thinking of doing just that. The blog posting covers the basics of where to look for property, how to single out the place where you think you want to move, and how to make the decision to finally move. It’s a huge upheavel, since it will mean uprooting and moving to somewhere you know no-one, after having become accustomed to the area in which you already live. The blog will come in various parts, though this part covers the search for the ideal climate and the home of your dreams, even at a distance.

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  • Local Press (1813)

    Published May 15th, 2013 by Colin Morley
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    “The Duke of Istria has died a most glorious death, and without suffering. He leaves a reputation without blemish, the richest heritage he could have left his children.”

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  • British Expats in France, Beware Risky Pension Investments

    Published March 25th, 2014 by Mario Vitanelli
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    QROPS’s popularity among British expat investors is largely due to the benefits an investor yields in comparison to the pension plan in the UK. According to the last available officially reported information from HM Revenues and Customs, QROPS investors saved more than £1 million a day in taxes compared to what they’d have paid with a UK-based pension.

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  • Mayday Tradition

    Published May 2nd, 2013 by Colin Morley
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    Having reached an age not long since regarded as “past it”, my wife and I now have the honour each May 1st of being invited to what we affectionately term the Old Fogey’s Village Lunch. Its actually, quite respectfully, known as the “repas des ainés” or “elders’ meal”. Frankly it’s quite flattering to be among the youngest in the assembled company for a change!

    I shan’t make you envious by going through each of the five courses which kept us occupied for nearly five hours, nor the list of aperitifs, wines and digestifs on offer to keep our glasses topped up. Rather the fact that each diner is presented with a sprig of Lily of The Valley (known in French as muguet) May 1st, a publ...

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