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  1. Thanks, but we've booked Cabris, in Alpes-Maritimes. Know anything about that area? We may go to Aquitaine next year, so thanks for the info anyway.
  2. I have no idea how relevant this is. Do the French see things this way, or is this one politician's sound bite? "A senior politician on Thursday issued a desperate plea for an end to "French bashing" around the world – insisting France is "blessed by the gods" and one of the best places to live on Earth. Corinne Lepage, a MEP and former French presidential candidate, demanded that other countries, as well as fellow countrymen, stop treating her nation like a "the scum of the earth" and a planetary "laughing stock". Such insults, she claimed, were a major stumbling block to economic recovery for the already notoriously demoralised and pessimistic French." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9793986/French-bashing-should-stop-says-MEP.html  
  3. Done deal. Villa booked in Cabris, Alpes-Maritimes, in late June, back early July. Flights booked also. It'll be our first jaunt outside of Paris. Suggestions welcome!! Having been studying French at home every day for six months, I've also signed up for a weekly face-to-face tutorial, to get conversational practice in. Hopefully, I'll be able to manage some of the basics by the time the holiday arrives.
  4. I don't post much, as I have little experience of France, but find the posts here very informative and often hilarious! Joyeux Noël et bonne année!
  5. I see there is a thread on sourdough bread-making, but what would one ask for in a boulangerie?
  6. Back to the drawing board - Médoc Océan didn't work out, so we'll shortly be booking a villa in the Côte d’Azur near Opio near Grasse in June. I realise it's a different type of area and any feedback or guidance would be welcome. Many thanks.
  7. Thanks a lot for that! We love French wine and history, so the sons get their golf, and we all get loads of relaxing scenery. It sounds like a nice first excursion outside of Paris.
  8. I'd love it, but the youngsters fancied the golf at Lacanau. Carcassonne is definitely on our wish list, though.
  9. I like the sound of Burgundy - as far as I can see, a bit more off the beaten track? As it's a family get-together, we've settled on Lacanau-Océan in the Médoc Océan, in late June. It'll give the 'youngsters' (mid to late 20s plus girlfriends) plenty to do, methinks. It'll be the first time my wife and I have ventured out of Paris and although I gather it's not typically French, it'll be nice to visit France.
  10. I manage an NHS medical centre and would be happy to help. As mentioned earlier, it depends on the criteria but safe to say (based on World Health Organisation stats) that in terms of the relationship of $/£/€ to relevant rates of 'return on investment', the US performs poorly. In large part, this is due to the litigious environment, so clinicians over-test; over-refer etc, to tick the boxes and play safe. It's not a judgement, rather a reflection of the circumstances. Add to that the fact that huge amounts of pension funds are invested in healthcare insurance stocks, there's no incentive to alter the status quo.
  11. Only in Britain? I reckon so, but am interested to know if other European countries would waste between 8-14 years to achieve a conclusion. I think I've answered my own question. No.
  12. Cassis rosé?! J'aime Henri Bordouin, but never heard of a rosé... I must 'research' that!! D'accord?!
  13. Hi all Next June, my wife and I are planning a holiday with our two sons and their partners. None of us 'do' hectic; like to relax; and my wife and I (ok - me) love history and we all appreciate wine. I believe most of France ticks those boxes, but I was thinking of Provence (too predictable?) or the Languedoc-Roussillon. Flights from the south of England are a consideration, and Marseilles is a daily route. Ideas welcome. I'll agree to a bottle of Corbières as a fee for your advice. Provided you supply the French tutoring! Merci Chris
  14. Thanks, everyone - great tips. It's much appreciated.
  15. I know it's all about personal taste, but my wife and I are looking at options for a Eurostar break to either Lille or Bruge in early October. Is there enough to see in Lille to warrant a 3 day stay? Does anyone have recommendations re both/either? Thanks.
  16. I've bought Rosetta Stone and am using it daily - VERY unusual for me, as I've never clicked with any other learning technique. I'd value a mentor being a beginner, and wonder if there is anyone out there with the time and patience to correspond in French? (Writing and grammar are the most difficult aspects, I find.) Le français est fantastique! Merci
  17. Does anyone have experience of either/both, and can recommend a choice? Merci
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