11 discoveries about life in France from Living France’s December issue

PUBLISHED: 09:15 20 November 2019 | UPDATED: 10:01 29 November 2019

December 2019 issue out now

December 2019 issue out now


In the December 2019 issue of Living France we explore Drôme, learn how to make a festive wreath, and experts discuss elections in France, and buying a ski property

Drome is know for it's fields of lavendar (c) IvonneW / Getty ImagesDrome is know for it's fields of lavendar (c) IvonneW / Getty Images

1. Nougat has been made in Montélimar, Drôme since the 17th century

Find out what else Drôme, with its listed hilltop villages and regional natural parks, has to offer.

2. There are lots of great for Christmas gift options for Francophiles

Our Christmas gift guide ranges from notebooks to jewellery to toys for little ones.

Merry Christmas one and all (c) 2Mmedia / Getty ImagesMerry Christmas one and all (c) 2Mmedia / Getty Images

3. Expats in France have found a variety of ways to make Christmas special that suit their family and way of life

Meet four families whose approach to Christmas ranges from traditional affairs at home to holidaying at a theme park.

4. The French Basque Country has wonderful landscapes for a contemplative walk or a yoga session

Read how one couple moved to the area for semi-retirement and ended up setting up a yoga and hiking business.

Val d'Isere (c) ventdusud / Getty ImagesVal d'Isere (c) ventdusud / Getty Images

5. It is common to buy ski homes 'off-plan' in the Alps

If you are considering buying a property in a ski resort and financing it with a French mortgage, find out what you need to be aware of, plus we have our pick of ski properties for sale.

6. Careful box labelling can make all the difference on moving day

Catharine Higginson shares part two of her step-by-step guide to moving to France.

Do you know the rules for a toast in France (c) oneinchpunch / ThinkstockphotoDo you know the rules for a toast in France (c) oneinchpunch / Thinkstockphoto

7. A bise, rather than an actual kiss, is no more than brushing your cheek against the other person's cheek

The dos and don'ts of French etiquette can be tricky to navigate, we take a look at some of the rules to follow en société.

8. You can make your own seasonal wreath with items gathered from a walk in the woods

Interior designer Carla Heyworth has a step-by-step guide to wreath making and discusses the design trends you can expect in 2020.

The Toulouse-Lautrec Museum in AlbiThe Toulouse-Lautrec Museum in Albi

9. French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was born in Albi

We take a look at the Tarn town, its associations with the artist and why it could be a nice place to live.

10. Champagne harvest workers are taking measures to protect the grapes from climate change

Find out what else is happening around France on our news and events pages.

How to elections differ in France? (c) Niyazz / Getty ImagesHow to elections differ in France? (c) Niyazz / Getty Images

11. French elections often have two stages and always take place on a Sunday

Find out how the election process in France differs from the UK and other countries, and who is allowed to vote or stand as a candidate.

If you want to read and learn more about life in France you can buy the December 2019 issue of Living France here.

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