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  • Business & Lifestyle magazine features French Connections

    The Spring 2013 issue of the quarterly Business & Lifestyle magazine features a two-page lifestyle article on France as a holiday destination, with French Connections as the sole recommended resource for accommodation and travel throughout France.

    The magazine has a worldwide readership of over 50,000 and is available in hotels, conference venues and airport lounges as well as by subscription. Its contributors are among the world’s most successful economists, entrepreneurs and directors of multinationals who share their views and experiences with the global business market. As well as their input, the magazine contains the latest news and analyses of banking, finance, business development and technology.

    Travel features prominently in the Lifestyle section and the article 'France-c'est fantastique'opens by pointing out that: 'The great appeal of France as a holiday country lies not only in the quality of its culture and history, its food and wine, but also in the sheer variety of landscapes and experiences.'

    It then gives the lowdown on all the most interesting regions to visit in France and highlights the reasons for the popularity of holiday rental properties:

    'The favourite choice of Francophiles in the know is to rent their own holiday property. Modern villas and gîtes are just as likely to have designer-look interiors, to provide a maid and meal service and to boast state of the art facilities. The properties themselves range from bijou town apartments for a romantic weekend through charming country cottages to huge family farmhouses with swimming pool and grounds – not forgetting the occasional chateau, manoir or converted water mill.'

    Our photo shows the beautiful Domaine du Crestet in Provence. More information on the magazine at www.businesslifestyle.co.uk

     

  • Euros 2016 football kicks off in France

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    The Euro 2016 football tournament kicks off this week in France, putting the country firmly in the spotlight. Matches are to be played in ten different stadiums across the country for the next month. The final will be held in Paris at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis on 10th July.

    Even if you don’t have tickets for a game, the football centres will be buzzing and, if you’re in France, you can follow matches along with the locals in bars and cafes, soaking up the atmosphere and excitement. It might pay to learn some of the more polite French football terms and the names of the country’s star players so you can really join in. The UEFA website (link below) even has a guide to the correct pronunciation of players' names!

    For the first round, France is in group A, England and Wales in group B, Northern Ireland in group C and Republic of Ireland in group E, so France will not be meeting any of the UK or Irish teams, but after that anything could happen.

    As a reminder, the countries that have qualified are: France (as hosts), England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Italy, Spain, Germany,Czech Republic, Belgium, Slovakia, Poland, Switzerland, Romania,  Austria, Russia, Croatia, Portugal, Albania, Iceland, Ukraine, Turkey, Republic of Ireland, Sweden.

    The venues for matches will be:
    Parc des Princes, Paris
    Stade de France, Saint-Denis
    Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
    Stade des Lumières, Lyon
    Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
    Matmut Atlantique, Bordeaux
    Stadium Municipal, Toulouse
    Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens
    Allianz Riviera, Nice
    Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne

    Fixture dates are:
    Group stage: 10-22 June
    Round-of-16: 25-27 June
    Quarter-finals: 30 June-3 July
    Semi-finals: 6-7 July
    Final: 10 July

    For more details, check out the UEFA Euro 16 websiteand for accommodation in France, browse our holiday properties.

  • New! Win a week’s stay at a luxurious Normandy Barn

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    We’ve teamed up again with FrenchEntree magazine for our latest competition. This time the prize is a week’s stay at a luxury 18th century granite stone barn renovation in Manche, Normandy.

    The barn renovation is in a small, rural hamlet close to the pretty market town of Sourdeval, ideally situated to explore Normandy and regions of Calvados and Brittany. Owner Suzanne Crown has created a spacious, light and airy space for adults only, featuring modern furniture with a French twist and a comfortable, eclectic style.

    Enjoy a King Size bed, an enormous bath and walk-in separate showers, a study nook for internet use and two terraces outside to catch the sun as it rises and sets. There’s a fully fitted and equipped kitchen, large open plan lounge-diner, wood burning stove and under-floor heating throughout.
    See full details here.

    Enjoy Normandy’s famous apple cider and brandy, green pastures, stone houses and delicious cheeses. Explore Mont St Michel, Caen Cathedral, the Bayeux Tapestry, Mortain Cascades and historic, scenic Avranche. Visit the D-Day beaches and local museums to learn more about the history of World War II, or go cycling or walking in the nearby National Park.

    The usual price for a week at the barn in autumn is £495 and the prize can be taken commencing between 5th September and 31st October 2016, subject to availability. Travel is not included. Enter the competition here.

  • Special offers for Christmas and New Year in France

    Now is the time to start planning your fabulous Christmas in France. Traditional celebrations, stylish decorations, hassle-free shopping, Christmas markets, gorgeous food and wine, Disneyland Paris. All these can make the French Noel a relaxing and memorable experience.

    Celebrations are also shorter, starting on Christmas Eve and all over by Boxing Day, with life returning quickly to normal. This has great appeal both for visitors who want a quiet time with little fuss and those who like to get out and about once the main event is over. However, during the crucial few days, virtually all shops and restaurants close down, so that self-catering accommodation can mean exactly that – although some owners are happy to provide meals.

    Choose from a family house, a romantic cottage or grand chateau, a cosy gite or a sociable B&B. And don’t forget to check out our special offers.

    This week there’s a special rate of 750 euros a week for Christmas & New Year plus a free case of wine at the Ferme des Molles and its neighbouring cottage. Each sleeps six people and they lie in the heart of south-west France (ID 152886 and 163956). Or you can get 25% discount plus champagne at Villa la Perception, a superbly located five bedroom villa close to Nice airport and within easy walk of a hill village (ID148191).

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