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Sharing France with you

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.

So French! A dessert-lover’s dream

Clare Gordon // Friday, 28 December 2018

Why have one dessert when you can have 4 and not have people throwing up their hands and calling you a cochon? Well, they might think you’re a bit of a cochon because the option we’re talking about here is a Café Gourmand and, if you get a good one it’s a darn sight better than a standard dessert.
A shot of strong espresso accompanied by three, four or even five mini puds is the order of the day. We dare anyone with a sweet tooth or an eye for afters to resist as you see them being carried with reverence towards an adjoining table.

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Frenchman voyages across the Atlantic

Katherine O`Neill // Thursday, 27 December 2018

In a refreshing change from festive-related news, a French ex-military paratrooper, Jean-Jacques Savin, has set sail across the Atlantic in a barrel-shaped orange capsule. Mr Savin hopes to reach the Caribbean in 3 months with propulsion from ocean currents alone.

The 71-year-old will be celebrating New Year and his birthday on January 14th from his 3x2.1m space with the foie gras and wine he's stashed on board. He's taken a St Emillion with him and left one where he hopes to dock in order to see the effect that bobbing around for 3 months has on his wine! There's an experiment we can get behind.

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The delights of the butcher's counter

Robert Parker // Monday, 24 December 2018

Christmas Eve is a big deal in France. Traditionally families gather for their main meal on the evening of the 24th.
More so than Christmas Day itself.
En-route to collect our turkey this morning I stopped to admire our home town, Tournon d’Agenais, in the mist.
I love being part of a small rural community.

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Secure your right to reside in France

Katherine O`Neill // Friday, 21 December 2018

As the nominal date for Brexit on 29th March (about 16 weeks from now) draws ever closer, there are an increasing number of voices suggesting that it will be necessary for non-EU nationals to have a Carte de Sejour in order to remain in France.
This obviously means us Brits.
We have personally applied for these cards and you might consider doing the same.
The waiting time is already over a year in many Départements, however it does seem that at least being in the queue - i.e. having an appointment - is a worthwhile and free step to take.

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Maison France 5 showcases the Quercy

Marion Beschet // Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Last week, French channel 'France 5' aired a programme about the Quercy featuring Montcuq en Quercy Blanc and the Lauzerte area. 

The focus was on houses and lifestyle, so you'll find plenty of good ideas you can recreate at home!

The link for the original video is here, and below the video you'll find the address for all the people and businesses featured. 

You don't know the Quercy, yet?

Have a look at our properties down there and read a bit more about this unique region.

Happy BVI buyers 3

Nicky Charles // Saturday, 08 December 2018

Last month we showed the video with Sue and Richard. Today is the new episode our "happy buyers" series!

We spent a week filming around the sunny Dordogne, interviewing 3 buyers who have bought a French property with the help of us here at Beaux Villages.

Watch the video to see how Denise is enjoying her new life in the sun near Le Fleix.

Just look at that property!

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