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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 […]

Cycle to a Chateaux


La Loire à Vélo (The Loire by Bike) cycle trail is one of the most attractive ways to discover the treasures of the Loire Valley. From one château to the next, follow the course of the Loire as you pedal along 900 km of perfectly signposted and well-surfaced paths and roads to its […]

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 […]

Le Jardin Champetre’s thoughts for December

An alternative summer road trip: visit France by motorhome

by Marina Soriano

Why visit France by motorhome?

Now that the weather is finally improving after a long wet winter, it’s a great time to start planning your summer trip. France is the world’s number one tourist destination, especially for Brits, so get ahead of the rest to make the most of your time abroad. […]

Guide To Buying Property In France: Finding Your Ideal Property With Home Hunts

by Tim Swannie

Buying any type of property or land in France is strictly regulated and navigating your way through the property buying process can be somewhat daunting. For this reason Home Hunts have put together adefinitive guide to buying property in France to help offer you advice through every step of this process. This […]