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Every week you'll find new stories, local and national events, comments, recipes and advice on this page. Click on the Archive button to see previous posts full of interesting information and links.

"In no other city I’ve visited does history feel so alive"

Katherine O`Neill // Wednesday, 09 May 2018

Anthony Horrowitz recently wrote in the Telegraph his experience of visiting Carcassonne for his 30th wedding anniversary - what a great choice!

Click the link above to read about his experirence of the beautiful, fortified city - the second most visited in France.

"There is more to Carcassonne than the citadel"

Looking for property in the area? We have some great places.

Testing has begun on next generation speed cameras

Katherine O`Neill // Monday, 23 April 2018

Over the course of the last few years, the country’s speed cameras have gone from a series of unreliable static boxes to a vast army of mobile, sophisticated, two-way radars able to distinguish between different types of vehicle.

The latest weapon in the battle against delinquent drivers is the Mesta Fusion, a next-generation radar currently being tested in Marseilles. According to the manufacturers, its high resolution camera can monitor 32 vehicules at the same time over eight lanes with an incredible degree of accuracy.

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All that for a conker!

Julie Savill // Monday, 23 April 2018

I've previously only ever lived in places with compact city gardens.  Where conker trees were found in local parks, not in your own back yard.  Fast forward to living in France where, if you love gardening, you can afford more land than you dreamt of and, if you're not careful, more than you can deal with!

I'm eternally grateful to the person (people) who over the past 150 years have had the foresight and generosity to plant trees in what is now my garden. Whoever did the planting would not have been around to enjoy the mature effect. So, thank you, whoever you were. Thank you for the massive cedars of Lebanon, thank you for the towering plane trees, the limes and yes, the spreading, shady chestnut trees. 

They seem such ordinary trees when you walk or cycle past in the park.  But stop and take a closer look at those glowing conical flowers and they seem pretty miraculous.  Convoluted petals in white with splashes of pink and centres of yellow.  The look like wedding dress inspiration.

And then once the prettiness fades you have the joy of the glossy conker to look forward to.  I'm not much of a conker player myself but I still can't help gathering them up in the garden.  They say they keep spiders away if you leave them on the floor in a room.  I might just have to try that.

For properties with space for magnificent trees go to our advanced search and select the amount of land you dream of owning!

 

 

Elon Musk's vision comes to Toulouse with HTT

Katherine O`Neill // Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Independent company, Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT)  has announced it is making this futuristic concept, envisioned by Elon Musk, a reality... in Toulouse!

The company will bring air travel speeds to the ground via, well... really big tubes. They are sealed together to form a vacuum that allows a 'passenger pod' to travel along them, free of air resistance.

Musk himself once described the concept as a "cross between a Concorde, a railgun and an air hockey table". Suffice to say it certainly feels as though what was once the realm of science fiction is becoming a reality.

More information on the announcement of HTT's test track in Toulouse here. Get ready!

Image source: Hyperloop Transportation Technologies 

 

 

 

Encouraging currency update

Tim Williams // Monday, 16 April 2018

The exchange rate between the pound and the euro broke through the 1.15 level last week for the first time in nearly a year.
Since the end of May 2017, the rate has been remarkably steady around the 1.10 - 1.15 level.

It remains to be seen whether this is the start of a new trend or not.

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Table d’hotes - typically French, atypical experiences

Katherine O`Neill // Thursday, 12 April 2018

One of the most delightful ways to spend quality time breaking bread in France is that of the table d’hotes.

It is especially good if you have a member of your party who spends half an hour changing their mind - after all, in the SW of France it can be hard to choose between the magret or entrecôte.

Table d’hotes literally means ‘table of the host’, but might be better understood as a ‘set menu’ - you literally get what you are given!

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Let the photos tell the story!

Nicky Charles-Adams // Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Selling up in France? Spring is a great time to get started - days are longer, the light is lovely, leaves are back on the trees and serious buyers abound.

This is a great time of year to get your French property on market or to refresh the presentation if it went on over the winter.

Here are our top 10 tips to help your agent get the best results.

1. It should be obvious, so excuse us for saying… Tidy up, clean up, hide the laundry, clean the windows.

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You're kidding me!

Julie Savill // Friday, 30 March 2018

We popped in to see our Tarn sales team at the office in Les Cabannes at the foot of Cordes-sur-Ciel this week.

So glad we didn't miss Kiara and Jasmine taking a stroll up the high street and checking out the great properties on offer at Beaux Villages Immobilier.

Want these cheeky girls as your new neighbours? Click here to see properties in the area

Rainy days?

Don Quay // Thursday, 29 March 2018

...not an issue.

"I can cope with a bit of rain with views like this' -- a common remark among those now living here.

This was taken this morning from the fringes of hilltop bastide town, Tournon d'Agenais.

For more properties in glorious countryside where you don't mind the odd rainy day, click here

Eggcellent fun in the Dordogne!

Nicolas Janssens // Thursday, 29 March 2018

There is a stunning chateau here in our area at Ribagnac, Dordogne, called Chateau de Bridoire. They always organised something family-orientated for Easter including an Easter egg hunt.

This year they have hidden 6000 dummy eggs in 12 different colours. There are three competitions, for those aged under 5 years, 5-12 years and another for the adults - hooray!

Bring a basket for collecting the eggs. Sensible shoes are the order of the day!

Follow this link for more details.


For more details of events at the chateau throughout the year check out their website 

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