Christmas in the foothills of France

Organic Christmas Tree Farm in the Ariège

What an extraordinary year 2016 has been but probably the less said about all that the better. Right now, here in the foothills, we are enjoying the typical weather of this time of year; sunshine and blue skies, with frosty mornings, warm days . . . → Read More: Christmas in the foothills of France

When in France….

France is the most visited country in the world so you would think that we would be familiar with French cultural idiosyncrasies but many of us still struggle to do ‘the right thing’ when in France. So here’s some pointers:

Christmas – Let’s start with seasonal differences as it’s that . . . → Read More: When in France….

Goodwill to all – even French estate agents

Saint Lizier decorated for Christmas

As it is Christmas, I thought I should sprinkle some goodwill over that much maligned species, the French estate agent. Most of my clients cannot understand how estate agents here in France can justify their commission of between 5 and 10% and I certainly know of agents who do . . . → Read More: Goodwill to all – even French estate agents

Wishing for a very French Christmas

In the past I have spent Christmas in various countries and the way different cultures celebrate at this time of year seems to be very indicative of their priorities. So when we moved to France, I was fascinated to see what the focus of the celebration would be here. Of course, it should have . . . → Read More: Wishing for a very French Christmas