Any parent of young children in France will have experienced the stress of trying to get a place in a creche for a child or the worry over finding a childminder in time for the start of the new term (for more on this scroll down). But a new study has revealed that the challenge of finding childcare is vastly different for parents depending on where they live in France. That's because there are significant inequalities between municipalities and departments when it comes the number of available places in creche or the number of qualified childminders available. The study by the government's Office of Research, Studies, Evaluation and Statistics (DREES) found that on average across the country there are 59 childcare places for every 100 children aged three or under, whether they be at a creche (kindergarten or nursery), pre-school, with a childminder or in home care, within 15 minutes of home. But certain parts of the country are better off, notably Paris. Parents in the capital … [Read more...] about Finding childcare in France: Where is the best place to live?
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So for the sake of the spice deprived we've put together a list of reader-recommended curry restaurants in France so that you don't have to go to the same (extreme) lengths. Le Penjab, Saint Malo (Brittany) "When I visit St Malo (several times a year) I find Le Penjab comparable to anything we have here [Australia] with a good spicy vindaloo and everything else I’ve tried top notch too. I recommend you give it a chance," said Kate O'Brien. "We have lived in France for 16 years and finally found one I would be very happy to recommend. The owner is very friendly and open to suggestions/dietary requirements and even speaks some English. His Chef worked in London," said Vanessa Powell. "Being Indian myself, I can vouch for its authenticity," said Ganesh Natrajan. "Only small so need to book!" said Rhiannon Smith. … [Read more...] about These are ‘the best’ places to get a curry in France
France play Croatia in the World Cup final on Sunday at 5pm French time. Finding a place to watch the match could be a mission if the semi-final was anything to go by as bars, pubs and restaurants will be packed to the limit, both in cities and small towns. So perhaps the best solution is to head to one of the big screens being set up in cities around the country. The atmosphere will be electric and you should at least be able to see the screen, which won't necessarily be the case if you head to a bar. We've picked out some of the most exciting screenings around the country. Get in touch if you know of any others we should include. Bordeaux Bordeaux mayor Alain Juppé had been under pressure to put up a big screen for the final and he finally cracked this week, announcing that the game would be shown live at the Chaban-Delmas stadium. An estimated 30,000 fans are expected to attend. The gates will open at 2.30pm and fans will only be allowed to watch from the stadium's … [Read more...] about The best places to watch the World Cup final around France (if you want atmosphere)
Myelle Lansat, provided by Published 8:30 am, Saturday, June 16, 2018 Mario Tama/Getty Images People travel all over the US to celebrate the Fourth of July, America's independence day, every year. HomeToGo ranked the top 21 destinations for the Fourth of July based on popularity and affordability. The best and most affordable places to celebrate July 4 are San Antonio, Texas, followed by St. Louis, Missouri. America comes together every year to celebrate the Fourth of July. Recommended Video: Now Playing: The tourists are flocking back to Paris. After a catastrophic year in 2016, the French capital saw a surge in the number of visitors in the first six months of this year. One official said the city was on track to welcome more tourists over the whole year than ever before. The Paris region registered 16.4 million arrivals between January and June, the tourist board said on Tuesday – representing the highest increase in 10 years. The … [Read more...] about The 21 best places to celebrate the 4th of July this year, ranked from most to least expensive
Many dream of buying a house and moving to France but it's important to pay close attention when choosing which region if, like most, you don't have a big pot of gold to dip into. But what does the cheapest place to live really mean? Of course, property prices are usually the biggest factor, as well as living costs, and both of these can be affected by whether you are planning to move to a major city or to deepest darkest "France Profonde". Naturally, living in a city in France is likely to be a bit (or a lot, when it comes to Paris) more costly than in rural locations with living costs generally higher in more urbanized areas. To illustrate this, an extensive study carried out in 2016, revealed that daily life in the French capital is on average almost nine percent more expensive than anywhere else in France. But it's not just in Paris where property prices are through the roof -- housing costs can also be eye-watering in … [Read more...] about Members’ Q&A: Where in France is it cheapest to live?