TAKE a stroll around many of the websites written by people living in France as they offer a glimpse into the day-to-day challenges and experiences they have.
So you can found out more on the horrors of the grease trap, the terrors of ironing boxer shorts and even some tips on picking the best campsite - told you there was plenty to explore.
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IF you are away from your home in France visiting friends, or even taking a holiday, many areas will operate Operation Tranquillité Vacances which is overseen by the local police or gendarmerie.
The Connexion newspaper highlights the service and it is designed to provide homeowners with added security as police officers will be aware the property is empty and so be vigilant during patrols.
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EACH year the Les Azuriales Opera Festival is held against the backdrop of St Jean-Cap Ferrat, the unspoilt peninsula that juts out into the Mediterranean Sea from the corniches of the Côte d'Azur between Nice and Monaco.
Performances take place in the covered cloister of the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, a fairytale Belle Époque mansion built by the Rothschild family, surrounded by magnificent mature gardens where up to 200 people dine under the stars after an evening of opera.
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SOME might say that selling English cheese in France is a bit like sending coals to Newcastle, but for Adrian Perryman it's a chance to show off the rich tastes the UK has to offer.
Since moving to France in 2003 with his partner Jannie, the former chef and builder has become a regular at village markets around the Creuse offering up a cheeseboard bearing some of the most famous names from England.
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YOU might not think water runs uphill, but in France it does, writes Beryl Brennan.
The source of the River Thouet in Deux-Sevres is at Le Beugnon, near Secondigny, and it runs uphill to join the mighty Loire at Saumur.
It is a particularly attractive river, meandering through the picturesque and varied countryside via Parthenay, Airvault (birthplace of Voltaire) and Thouars, in a route known as the Vallee du Thouet.
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THERE is an intriguing tale on The Independent website about a French woman called Marie-Pierre Manet-Beauzac, who believes she is one of the few Cagot in France.
The Cagot people can be traced back through the centuries, but despite a rich history they were seen as 'untouchables' and faced discrimination throughout their life.
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FRANCE in the summer months is a time of music festivals, street art and gastronomy.
Dotted across the country are events that will give you the chance to discover something that little bit different, including delights such as Celtic music, the sounds of the Deep South and even the pleasures of the prune.
Below is a quick guide to some of the festivals coming up over the coming weeks.
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A SHIPMENT of wines from Languedoc-Roussillon arrived in Dublin on Friday, delivered by the 108 year-old, triple-masted Kathleen & May tall ship.
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