The climate, beaches and lifestyle in the Languedoc region

The Languedoc Roussillon lies down in the true South of France, sharing many geographical aspects with its more expensive sister region, Provence. It is mainly a wine growing area – actually the largest in the world – but has so much else to offer: hundreds of kilometres of sandy beaches, historical Cathar monuments, hiking trails, rivers, mountains, skiing, proximity to Spain.   Living here, one of the first things that expats are struck by is the wonderful golden light of the sun. They say there are 320 days of sunshine here; although it is a seasonal climate and can get quite cold in t

Your holiday home in France never looked so attractive!

France remains one of the most popular countries in which to invest in a second home, despite the recent EU referendum decision to leave. Our expat on the ground shares her thoughts… Whatever anyone thinks about the result of the EU Referendum, the fact is that the British people’s love of France remains undiminished and indeed there are signs that this is now stronger than ever. France is not only one of the most popular countries in which to buy a second home, but as we come to terms with the full impact of last week’s Referendum, it seems that for many British people, the dream they have al

Five Top Tips for Setting in to the French way of life

Moving to France is such an exciting prospect! With all your hard work and preparation behind you, the day you receive the keys to your new French house is a defining moment, and you should be proud of yourself. What you need to do now is give yourself time to settle in to everything. It will take time to adjust to your new life in France, so make the most of the process and give yourself time. Moving anywhere is a stressful as well as exciting experience and moving overseas even more so: after all, here is a different culture, different language and there will be a mountain of ways of doing t