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Best value MAPS of FRANCE, and keeping the children amused

Are you ready for exchange of information?

By Rob Kay, Senior Partner, Blevins Franks

From January 2016, financial institutions in over 50 countries around the world began collecting information on their clients and their accounts. This data will be passed onto the clients’ country of residence in 2017. Cross-border taxation can get complex for expatriates, and it is important to make sure […]

Three months after the referendum, the figures suggest no Brexit effect

Leggett Immobilier, has released their sales figures: the number of properties sold to British clients between July and October 2016 is equal to last year’s figures during the same period of time.

Leggett Immobilier, the French Estate Agency, was created in the Dordogne nearly 20 years ago and is the first stop for British buyers […]

Make Time To Future-Proof Your Legacy . . . Estate planning for France

You may have put a lot of thought into your financial planning to make sure you have enough for the retirement lifestyle you want. Have you given the same kind of attention to your estate planning? If so, is it up to date?

Writing your will is by no means the only step. Estate […]

Diary of a vineyard: September’s harvest at Rives Blanques / Work in progress!

by Family Panman

September marched in like an army on the attack: searing searchlights scanning a night sky thunderously full of rumbling grumbling. What a storm! The vines held their breath and scuttled for cover. This is emphatically not how we like to start a harvest.

But again the gods were good, and […]

Dog Days at Rives-Blanques, July 2015

JULY 2015 VINE LINES The regular newsletter on the wines, vines and times at Rives-Blanques

by Jan Panman Cépie 22 July 2015

It’s the Canicule! A stultifying, stupefying, grinding, relentless, unforgiving and exhausting heat not experienced in over 100 years, they say … but the grapes are magnificent: no sign of stress or thirst […]

Z is for . . . Ze end . . .

by Louise Sayers

How time flies. Here we are already at Z and 26 months of informative articles/crazed rantings (delete as applicable) come to an end. I’ve tried to give a balanced picture of what it’s like to live here and portray the reality of life in France, including the negative along with the positive. […]

Y is for . . .Your handy guide to buying property in France

After some decidedly depressing months for those of working for British househunters in France, there is finally reason for optimism as buyers are being tempted back into the French property market, largely because prices are realistic and there are some good deals to be struck.

If you want to benefit from this buyers’ market […]

Toques et Clochers

Toques et Clochers is a two day festival and charity auction whose proceeds go to the renovation of the 42 villages church steeples of the four-terroirs Limoux appellation area of the Aude.

Each year, a different village is selected to host the festival and raise funds for next years beneficiary, also to celebrate the recent […]

In the garden – April

March has brought it’s usual share of changeable weather – “les giboulées de mars” – but spring is definitely here; many shrubs and perennials are starting to flower, the grass needs cutting and the weeds are growing so there is plenty to do in the garden. continue to tidy up foliage on perennials, and cut […]

We know that the French are enthusiastic about Cheese, but look at this for an exhibition !

The Milk Factory, is a Pop-up gallery and ‘reflection space’ dedicated to dairy products: Milk Factory – 5 Rue Paul Bert – 75011 Paris Tel: 01 43 48 83 94

Open Tuesday to Saturday from 13:30 to 19h – free admission – Summer hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 1:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Closed Saturday, […]