Real Life

Private chef and author Lisa Baker Morgan left a legal career in pursuit of her passions for food and French culture and has written about her experiences in Paris, Part Time

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Ile-de-France

Interior designer Benji Lewis tells us how lockdown inspired his new online design service Zoom That Room and why he loves French properties – especially his own in Landes

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Dick and Angel Strawbridge are back on our screens with a new DIY series tackling dream projects at their château in France and offering advice to others

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London doctors and wine enthusiasts Paul Jenkins and Paul Jarman bought a unique vineyard in Hérault in 2018 and have now launched a new organic rosé

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Conversations with the regular deliverymen is a highlight of life in France’s small rural communes, explains Janine Marsh

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Expat Helena Woods lives in Strasbourg with her husband Alex where she specialises in lifestyle family photography

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Alsace

Sharon and Andrew moved to the village of Corrèze in 2017 and have been enjoying the slow lifestyle while renovating their house into a gîte and chambre d’hôtes

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Rebecca Devaney moved from Ireland to Paris where she qualified as an haute couture embroiderer and now shares her passion through her guided tours and workshops in the city

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Mick and Carole Williams live in the coastal city of La Rochelle, just across the water from their holiday let in Sainte-Marie-de-Ré, one of the oldest villages on the idyllic Île de Ré

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Aquitaine

Life in the vineyards of Aude is a dream come true for Leicestershire-born Katie Jones who now successfully exports her wines back to the UK

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Roxanna McDonald has owned Château du Breuil, in Indre-et-Loire, for 30 years and is passionate about preserving the historic building. Guests are able to rent a wing in the oldest part of the castle which dates back to the 15th century

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Rip Hopkins and his French partner Pauline de La Boulaye bought a three-storey cottage in the fishing port of Mèze as a family holiday home, which they also rent out to guests

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Languedoc-Roussillon

As her debut novel is published, Gillian Harvey reflects on how life in rural France gave her the career she always wanted while also preparing her for lockdown

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France has begun easing its lockdown and expats living there have been enjoying the new freedoms of deconfinement

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Kim Reeves moved to Castelmoron-sur-Lot in south-west France nearly 20 years ago to transform an 18th-century farmhouse, Domaine de Rambeau, which she runs as a B&B and gîte with her French husband Christian

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Aquitaine

Novelist and journalist Ellen Alpsten spent her student days in Paris and went on to buy a home in Pyrénées-Orientales, which provided the perfect place for her to write her debut novel, Tsarina

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Cordon Bleu trained pastry chef Molly Wilkinson runs virtual cooking classes and Instagram bake-alongs from her apartment in Versailles

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Prizes for the winners include a night at the couple’s Château de la Motte Husson in Mayenne

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In her latest book, My Four Seasons in France, Janine Marsh shares the joys of rural life throughout the year in Pas-de-Calais

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One wine expert in Lyon is sharing her knowledge with the world through video calls, social media and YouTube

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