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Nérac in Autumn
I am fortunate to be living the 'French Dream' in one of the most beautiful departments in France, the Lot et Garonne, and in the historical town of Nerac.
Even during the autumn and winter there is always something to do. If your're looking for the French laid-back way of life, look no further! Relax in the heart of hilly landscapes full of castles, old mills, quiet rivers and Pantagruel gastronomy.
Indulge in long walks on the Canal du Midi, stopping for refreshments in a little cafe to sample the many wines, my favourite being 'le Lys', a Buzet wine.Read more ...
Baggage bother with Ryanair
Ryanair implemented a new rule regarding their carry-on cabin luggage allowances at the beginning of November.
In a bid to reduce hold up times and keep to their 25 minute turn around target, passengers will now have to pay for having a small suitcase on board. There has also been an issue with space where there is only room for 90 'wheelie' bags on a plane carrying up to 189 passengers.
Having changed their baggage rules already once this year, here's to hoping it's not too chaotic for those travelling now.
For those coming to France on viewing trips, you pay to have your cabin bag or pay to put it in the hold! You might as well pack for longer and get the most out of your trip!
Why is the 1st of November a bank holiday in France?
This Thursday is a bank holiday in France. It's All Saints' day and traditionally family used to go the cemetery to put flowers on graves of passed family members.
The French always choose Chrysanthemums - and they wouldn't use them for any other occasion (read our previous blog entry for tales of faux pas in France!).
Younger generations will choose to celebrate Halloween rather than buying flowers for their late grandparents or parents.Read more ...
Early Halloween in Tournon d'Agenais
The Tournon d’Agenais branch of BVI is decked out for Halloween.
No coincidence that it is home to young mum and BVI Marketing Manager, Marion Beschet!
The shop was mobbed by local children and their parents, and as is the custom, they departed with pockets full of sweets.
All treat, no trick.
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Macron plays down UK 'no deal' Brexit visa fears
French president Emmanuel Macon has recently tried to diminish any fears over potential new barriers for Britons in the event of a 'no deal' on Brexit; visas have not been ruled out.
Mr Macron goes on to state that any suggestion of UK visitors for France being denied a visa is "fake news"
Buy now, Brex-it later
So it’s all still up in the air regarding the final outcome of the Brexit debacle.
The point-scoring rumbles on.
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Go with the flow
Entre Deux Mers is embraced by the tidal stretches of the Dordogne and the Garonne rivers and offers history, culture and wine aplenty.
Flowing from the Auvergne in central France, the Dordogne finally makes its acquaintance with the Spanish-born Garonne north of Bordeaux in South West France. And in this watery embrace you’ll find the rough triangle of land known as the Entre Deux Mers. The name translates directly as between two tides and the region stretches as far as the tidal reach of each river. This is wine country; some of the prettiest wine country you’ll find in France with rolling hills, regimented vineyards – many with tasting and buying opportunities - and charming bastide towns to explore.Read more ...
Five questions to ask about your UK pension in France
1. How much tax will I pay?
If you have not accessed your UK pension and then take it all as a lump sum, you could pay just 7.5% in French taxes (other conditions apply). Otherwise, taking cash or income from UK pensions attracts income tax rates up to 45% plus 9.1% social charges.
However, you will avoid social charges if you hold the EU form S1 (available once you reach UK State Pension age) or have not joined the French healthcare system. Taking private health insurance could therefore reduce your pensions tax bill by 9.1%.
2. Will the lifetime pension allowance (LTA) affect me?
Combined UK pension benefits (excluding the State Pension) over £1.03 million invite LTA tax penalties of 55% for lump sums or 25% for income and transfers, even if French resident. Once transferred overseas, funds are out of LTA range.
Les Deux Jours de Montcuq (The Two Days of Montcuq), 40 years of horse-racing
This year is the 42nd edition of the endurance horse-race well-known to all horse riders: Les Deux Jours de Montuq (The Two Days of Montuq) on the 3rd and 4th of November.
As its name indicates, this race will take place over two days, with each day's unique circuit departing from Montuq. The contestants will travel over 200km over the weekend on their horses. This represents a great challenge, and as many people say, finishing the race is an achievement in itself.
Les Deux Jours de Montuq is one of the most well known endurance races of the world, along with the Tevis Cup in California, USA and the Tom Quilty Gold Cup in Australia.
The fact that it has remained a huge classic and a staple of the world's horse-riding elite is partly due to its unwavering direction in 40 years: it has always taken place on the same dates - the weekend closest to All Saint's Day (la Toussaint)-, the routes have remained largely the same and most importantly the spirit of the race has held strong throughout the years: competition and the performance of the horse as well as the discovery of a spectacular natural environment.Read more ...
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