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  • Anyone for a game of… Pétanque

    When I lived in Southwick near Brighton (near ‘Hove Actually’) my mother decided to join the Bowling Club...

  • Euro 2016 championship: France for football fans

    Anyone remotely interested in football will know that, after some exciting qualifying matches recently, the Euro 2016 championship will be held in France next summer, from 10 June to 10 July. Matches will be at several venues around the country, with the final in Paris.

    Tickets will go on sale after the finals draw on 12 December, giving you time to find accommodation. Hotels will be busy – and probably expensive - so why not look for one of our friendly B&Bs or self catering holiday lets in your chosen regions?

    As a reminder, the countries that have already 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.

    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

  • Summer Holidays and Recipes from Provence

    It is almost time for the summer school holidays here in the UK and many of you will be preparing to go away on your summer vacations. If you haven't yet booked anywhere take a look at what there is to offer here on www.frenchconnections.co.uk as there is plenty going on in France at this time of year and you are sure to find something to suit you.

    Of course in France it will be the start of their school holidays too, or the L'ete holidays as they are known. This is the two month long summer vacation, like our own, when all schools are closed from the beginning of July to the beginning of September.