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Top Chalet Deals for the coming Winter – Living in France

Plan your 2018/19 Ski Holiday with Ski Total. Save even more with our top ski chalet holiday deals! 7 nights from £599pp, inc. flights, transfers and catered chalet. Find your dream holiday at an incredible price with Ski Total.

Lift Pass Offer Ski Deals Buy One Get One Free […]

With snow on the horizon – is now the perfect time to buy property in Chamonix?

Living in France

Living in France – Knight Frank’s new Ski Property Report 2018-19 has provided an encouraging snapshot of the French market’s performance in the year to June 2018. None of the French resorts that the company monitors recorded a decline in prices over the year, with Val d’Isère and Chamonix recording […]

The Wheel of Fortune at Beauvais



The cathedral of Beauvais (northwest of Paris) is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture but the older church of St Etienne is of even more interest for a particular reason. The north rose is known as the “Wheel of Fortune” window because it is thought to represent the medieval notion of human life […]

Finding the cheapest flight to France


We can’t guarantee AirHint, but because this’ll help you understand the dynamics of airline pricing v how early to book, you’ll have a much better chance of saving money on your flights with the low-cost airlines.

If you’re using a low cost carrier for your flights, you should make sure you really buy […]

Living in France, The French government has approved five new high speed TGV train lines . . .

. . . as part of a plan which will see a whopping €13.4 billion invested in the country’s transport infrastructure by 2023.

According to Transport Minister Elisabeth Borne this figure represents a 40 percent increase on the five-year period before French President Emmanuel Macron was elected. The decision of where it was to […]

Winter and Summer Skiing at the French Alps’ New Highest Hotel

The highest hotel in the French Alps, with the highest residences in Europe is currently under construction in Val d’Isère. Set to be completed in time for the ski season at the end of 2018, the development is one of many happening in this world famous resort.

“Val d’Isère is arguably undergoing the most […]

What actually is Jet lag?

Jet lag is the disturbance to sleep patterns produced by travelling across several times zones when flying East or West. It is usually worse when you fly East (towards the Middle East, China and Japan or returning to France or the UK from a stay in the USA) as the body finds it harder […]

By Lesley Williams republished from Cicerone​ 13 July 2018

I’ve never been a strong cyclist, but until recently I’ve always enjoyed cycling. Now I simply love it! This is not just an isolated remark overheard in a pub, it’s a growing phenomenon, and cyclists who scorn e-bike riders should pause to consider the […]

Colonnes Moresques and Morris Columns

. . . from urinals, to poster sites, back to urinals, to tool sheds, to phone booths and back to poster sites . . .

By Pierre


The Morris column(colonne Morris in French)is a tall and elegant dark green advertising column. […]

Immerse yourself in the heart of the Middle Ages

Visit a 21st-century medieval adventure In the heart of France, in northern Burgundy, a team of fifty master-builders have taken on an extraordinary challenge: building a castle using medieval techniques and materials. In the heart of Guédelon forest, in an abandoned quarry, a team of master-builders is building a 13th-century castle from scratch. Quarrymen, […]