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Manish’s Zodiac Predictions for March and the rest of the year

Pisces ( 19 February – 20 March ) – You feel quite loving and warm, with a desire to give and receive affection and appreciation. Also, your desire for beauty stimulates your creativity. In profession there would be tightrope walk. Projects rooted in reality and watered by your attention can flourish, but ideas and plans […]

Top Five Cool Things Happening at Les Pastras in 2020

Bonjour, friends! We have a big year ahead of us and are excited to bring you all the news from our little farm in Provence.

Feature story. We were recently featured in an article by the incredible Bridgett Leslie on Vocal Media. If you want to read all about how we first met and […]

For the Few Who Own the Finest – seen as the French alternative to a Rolls Royce.



Facel was a French manufacturer of automobiles from 1954 to 1964. The company was named after the original metal stamping company FACEL, and the company’s first model, the Vega, named after the star, was introduced at the 1954 Paris Auto Show.

The cars were advertised with the slogan For the Few Who […]

How France is setting its sights on the international whisky market

Reprinted from The Local

France is known for producing some of the best wines in the world. Now they have set their sights on nipping into the international whisky market.

“Not many of our clients are surprised that French whisky exists,” says Matthieu Acar, a whisky salesman and French whisky specialist at La Maison […]

France to Morocco


2 hours to Morocco from £17 – and that’s a return price (last month’s prices)

Direct flights from Paris, Nantes, Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille to Casablanca. Royal Air Maroc is a leading airline in Africa since its creation in 1957. With a young fleet of 59 aircraft, the company serves more than 105 destinations […]

Why ‘going green’ may land you in hot water in France

Reprinted from the Local

Putting forward a plan for a greener world doesn’t seem like something many people would want to argue with, but when the city of Paris did just that – it ruffled some feathers.

But this argument is nothing to do with the environmental merits of scooters v bikes or whether […]

Brexit has begun: What UK expatriates need to know about the Withdrawal Agreement

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

While the transition period offers some certainty for 2020, the clock is ticking for UK expatriates to lock in protections for residence, healthcare and pensions.

Now that the UK has officially left the EU, the transition period is in motion and set to run until 31 December […]

Resolve to review your financial planning for 2020

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

Take time to check your tax planning, investments, pensions and estate planning are all on track to protect your family’s long-term wealth.

The New Year is a time when most of us take stock of our situation and set goals to improve our health, happiness, lifestyle and […]

Manish’s predictions for February

Aquarius ( 20 January – 18 February ) – This can be a good time for going out a lot, meeting someone new or rekindling romance, being creative and inspired, and being enthusiastic about what it is you find fun. Some of you will form a partnership that either leads to marriage or is otherwise […]

Susan Keefe’s reading suggestions for February

My Walk Among The Stars: Rubbing Shoulders With Country Giants by Dick Flood Do you love country music, are you fans of the legends in the industry? Well, if so, then now is the opportunity you’ve been looking for, a chance to take a trip down memory lane with Dick Flood, one of its […]