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  • Fabulous Summer festivals in France

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    France is justifiably famous for its summer festivals – not least because they are so imaginative, inclusive and beautifully staged. Here’s our pick of this year’s events in popular tourist areas across the country so you can plan to share the spectacle as part of your holiday.

    •    The Normandy Impressionist Festival showcases the Impressionist movement and its close links with Normandy. Runs throughout the region but activities concentrated in Rouen and Caen. Until September

    •    La Gacilly Photo Festival, Morbihan, Brittany, creatively displays hundreds of huge photographs in  parks, squares and on buildings. The theme is based on social and environmental concerns of our society. Until September.

    •    In Saint-Cloud, on the edge of Paris, Rock en Seine is the last big rock event of the summer in France. The concerts at are performed on 4 stages, set at the heart of historic gardens designed by Le Nôtre. This year’s line up includes Iggy Pop, Gregory Porter and French acts La Femme and Bastille. 26 to 28 August.

    •    Confolens Festival in Charente is a famous world music and dance festival, celebrating with passion and colour the traditions of France and other countries. 10 to 15 August

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    •    La Souterraine in Limousin hosts the Bridiers Historical Fresco, an exceptional show with 400 actors, cavalry, horse-drawn carriages, period vehicles, pyrotechnics and special effects. 5 to 8 August

    •    Carcassonne Festival in Aude has a varied line-up of sought-after international artists.  The beautifully preserved medieval city offers performances of contemporary music, theatre, opera and dance – most of them free. Until end of July.

    •    Sète, an unspoilt Mediterranean town in Languedoc-Roussillon holds the fun-filled St Louis Water Jousting Festival accompanied by shows, quayside bars, sports tournaments and fireworks. 18 to 23 August.

    •    In Dignes les Bains, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, the Corso of Lavender has day and night parades, two firework displays, a funfair and the wonderfully fragrant international parade. 5 to 9 August

    •    Menton Music Festival on the French Riviera, shown in photo above, welcomes top classical artists for outdoor concerts held in a magical setting opposite the port on the Forecourt of the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel. 29 July to 14 August

    Fancy attending a festival and not yet planned your holiday? There’s still time to find accommodation near all these festival locations and arrange travel.

  • Our houses for sale in a major French Property News magazine feature

    A feature called ‘The Spirit of Place’ in the January issue highlights five inspiring properties that are currently for sale through French Connections, in five varying regions. Over three pages, the article considers the history and place of each house in the local community, along with the area’s landscape and lifestyle.

  • Time to dream and plan for summer holidays in France

    With Christmas and 2016 around the corner, we can now definitely indulge in dreaming of sunny escapes to France next summer. There are so many reasons to holiday in France. I love especially the great value and immense variety.

    Let’s indulge in visualising ourselves strolling along broad sandy beaches bathed in sunshine, climbing dramatic mountain peaks, gasping at dramatic river gorges, driving through gently rolling emerald countryside with a timeless feel, thrilling to theme parks, delving into pre-history, exploring vibrant towns and cities with an up-to-the-minute cultural buzz.

    Then there’s the wine, food, art, music, gardens, chateaux, history, festivals, markets – and all that space in which to  simply relax and do nothing much. Bliss. Just writing about it takes me back to so many stimulating experiences, sights, sounds and smells, not least the fun of speaking French and making feel-good connections.

    Everywhere you’ll find world-renowned cuisine at reasonable prices, friendly service, space to breathe and time for the small courtesies of life. Most of France is easily accessible these days, even on a budget, which opens up plenty of choices.

    Brittany’s countryside and coast are largely wild and unspoilt and people love local festivals and cultural traditions. The Loire is ideal for lovers of wine, history and romance. Travel from one domaine to the next, taking in fairytale riverside chateaux and gardens.

    The banks of the Dordogne river offer peaceful pastoral idyll alongside pre-history. For those who crave the freedom of mountains and nature, the less well-known Cevennes region offers mile after mile of breathtaking pine-clad peaks and the Ardeche is dramatic with rivers and gorges.

    Burgundy is wonderful for food and wine. The sun-filled South of France has happening resorts, ancient cities oozing culture, wild horses of the Camargue and countryside heady with heat and the scent of lavender and vines. No wonder Nice, Bandol, Montpellier and Arles are all favourites.

    These are just for starters! We’ve designed our website to be the perfect starting point to narrow your selection with easy search options and regional guides along with accommodation listings with loads of lush photos. So go ahead, between all that shopping and preparation, start browsing, dreaming and planning for summer in France!