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Best value MAPS of FRANCE, and keeping the children amused

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 […]

How to retire to France with financial peace of mind

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

Anyone recently retired or approaching retirement is entering a new and exciting phase in life. While some worry retirement will be boring, many embrace the freedom it offers. If you have chosen to retire in France, you probably fall into the latter category!

France certainly offers a beneficial […]

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December in Le Jardin Champetre

Does French wine pair well with space?

A dozen bottles of fine French wine sent to space to age for one year

A European start-up sent a dozen bottles of Bordeaux to the International Space Station to find out. The wine was sent up from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia last month. It will remain at the space station […]

A reason to put Valençay on your bucket list for next year


Cultivated and highly intelligent, the Prince de Talleyrand was a very gifted and versatile man. Well known for his involvement in events that occurred in France from the revolutionary period to the reign of Louis-Philippe, he was also a great active and influential lord in his domain of Valençay.

Born to a poor […]

Hotels, healthcare and hunchbacks

Star studded hotels

If the future of real estate is about offering great experiences to those that use it, then the hotels sector, the home of experience and hospitality, should surely be at the cutting edge of industry innovations. There are two very different examples of this, which I’ve found this month.

The […]

For the expectant mothers . . .


The essential things to do and not to be forgotten after giving birth in France

Obviously, after our baby is born, your life will change completely and just before you can start enjoying being a parent and spending time with your little baby, there are so many important things you need to […]

Christmas with Whitman, Malcolm, Pippa, Anton, Butch and Obi

By Nick da Costa

The Dogs were talking. As usual, they were sitting around the base of the old

oak tree in the early evening.

“Christmas soon,” said Malcolm.

“I love Christmas,” said Pippa.

“Roast Turkey,” said Anton.

“Chipolatas,” said Butch.

“Foie gras,” said Obi, whose Owners had made the mistake of introducing […]

Tip Number 16. A tastier Christmas Cake

You’ve probably organised your Christmas Cake for this year – so take heed of these instructions for preserving the taste of your effort(s)

Cut from the centre in slices like in the diagram above. Don’t do the cheese slices from the outside. When you put it away till the next day clamp the two sides […]