Visit Ruinart Reims – the oldest Champagne House in the world

15 Dec

Mark Twain, the great American writer was spot on when he claimed: “too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right”. Ever since it was “discovered” in France in the 17th century, just about everyone has fallen under the spell of the effervescent wine. It can only be made in Champagne, […]

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Discover Grasse, Provence capital of perfume in France

14 Dec

“Grasse didn’t always smell this nice. It used to stink,” my Nose told me. “It was a leather tanning town and the stench was unbearable. The first fragrance produced was for designer gloves. Rose water to mask the ghastly smell. Catherine de Medici endorsed them. And Grasse quickly became the perfume capital of the world.” […]

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Win return tickets from Dover to Calais or Dunkirk with DFDS

14 Dec

Your chance to win return ferry tickets with DFDS – the world’s leading ferry operator We’ve got a set of return tickets for use on DFDS’ Ferries Dover/Calais (1 hour 30 minutes) or Dover/Dunkirk (2 hours) route for a car and up to 9 passengers. * DFDS are one of northern Europe’s biggest ferry operators […]

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Discover Chartrons the posh neighbourhood of Bordeaux City

14 Dec

When you visit Bordeaux city, it sometimes feels like there are a series of villages, each a little different from the other. Exploring them is a lot of fun, from the historic centre and the trendy St Pierre district to the vibrant Saint-Michel neighborhood and lovely Chartrons… Chartrons Bordeaux Chartrons, one of the northern districts […]

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Win a week in a gorgeous cottage near Carcassonne

10 Dec

La Petite Maison Devine, once a farmer’s cottage (built in 1790 – before the French Revolution) has been renovated by an architect to keep its authentic charm whilst offering a comfortable stay in a stunning location. This pretty town house has three floors of spacious rooms in the medieval village of Laurac le Grand, UNESCO […]

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The Good Life France Magazine Winter 2018

9 Dec

  Welcome to the winter issue of The Good Life France Magazine. It’s a bumper issue and will definitely satisfy your French fix through the winter months! There are loads of fabulous features about some of the best places to visit in France including marvellous Marseille, home of Pastis, and brilliant Bordeaux which you can […]

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Cité du vin the fabulous wine museum of Bordeaux

7 Dec

I saw its swirling shape shimmering on the horizon from the train as I arrived in Bordeaux from Paris. A giant shiny coil on the landscape, futuristic and fabulous. What to see at the Museum of Wine Bordeaux La Cité du Vin is the first place I visited when I arrived and dumped my luggage […]

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The best kept skiing secret of the French Alps | Skiing in Arêches-Beaufort

5 Dec

Dropping “my last ski trip was a short break in Arêches-Beaufort” into any ski based conversation is a bit of a polarising moment. The enlightened will beam from ear to ear, talk about the charm of the village, the enviable quality – and quantity – of the snow. And, inevitably, the wonderful cheese cooperative in […]

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