Sunday, 30 August 2009

Online foreign currency trading for individuals

Online foreign currency trading for individuals

If you are locked into managing your foreign exchange transactions through your bank and whether that is a matter of comfort, lethargy, lack of knowledge or a belief that high street banks offer the best exchange rates, you may want to reconsider.


Having been involved in quite a number of foreign exchanges since moving to France it has become pretty clear to me that using the high street bank for your currency deals is probably not your most favorable option.

Looking into what terms and conditions you can obtain through a reputable Forex broker may just save you a significant amount of money.

Dealing through a broker is admittedly a little more complicated than using your bank but once set up and registered it is a fairly straightforward process for making your currency exchanges and it is highly likely that you will make savings over what the banks can offer.

Take a look at foreign exchange trading for individuals to find examples of what savings can be made and the types of contracts you can use to manage your finances.

TorFX is a company that I have used extensively in the past and who have offered some very competitive deals. They are not the only company that do this but they are one I have no hesitation in recommending as a starting point for using Forex brokers.

From a practical view point it would be worthwhile registering with a few Forex dealers so that you are able to compare and contrast to establish which one will provide the best deal for you.






Sunday, 23 August 2009

French Food Markets in and around Languedoc Rousillon

Revel - This food market is considered to be one of the best in France and is rated in the top 100 for the whole of the country. It takes place every Saturday morning with the food and garden products centered around the belfry in the towns main square, including, as is the tradition, hot food ready to eat such as paella, roast chicken and local dishes.


As you move further away from the square you will find plenty of other market stalls for, clothing, materials, tools and pretty much anything you might fancy. Also don't forget that all the shops are open in Revel on a Saturday morning with plenty of boulangerie's, patisserie's, cafe's and craft shops.

To top it off there is nearly always some form of live entertainment available often in the form of a jazz band, so all in all a lovely place to visit on a Saturday morning.

Fanjeaux - has its market on a Saturday morning as well if you prefer somewhere a little different with fabulous views thrown in, its a little further afield, but not that much further.

Castelnaudary - the food market in Castelnaudary in my opinion is almost if not as good as Revel's and takes place every Monday morning. Lots of fresh local produce and plenty of other items of interest as well. You could also visit the wine cave at the port alongside the Canal du Midi or visit the Charcuterie Escudier in Rue de Dunkerque where you can purchase fresh cassoulet.



Mirepoix - as an alternative to Castelnaudary you could visit the lovely little medieval city of Mirepoix for their Monday morning food and crafts market. Everyone who visits Mirepoix falls in love with it a little.

There is also an evening market occasionally on a Thursday which has been highly recommended for food market fans.


In addition to the market there are numerous cafes, restaurants and gift shops in Mirepoix and it is a regular favorite for visitors even on non market days..

Carcassonne - has markets on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, being a bigger city, and they are always well attended, Carcassonne plays host to over 3 million visitors a year. For an evening venue in the summer months Limoux has an evening market on a Tuesday.

Victor Hugo Food Market - there are a number of options for visiting a food market on a Wednesday but none better than the Victor Hugo in Toulouse, which you could combine with a day out visiting the pink city.

It's not really the traditional French food market you expect being located in the basement of a multi-story car park, but there is no questioning the quality, quantity and variety of the local produce on offer and none more famous than the Toulouse sausage, a staple ingredient of Cassoulet the local dish of Castelnaudary origin.


Labastide d'Anjou -
has its market day on a Thursday and is only about 25 minutes from Le Moulin and while you are in the town you can visit the pottery workshop and pick up a traditional earthenware container for Cassoulet.

Villefranche - holds it's market day on Friday which gives you almost a complete week of market day options. A slightly further away option is Limoux which also has its market on a Friday.

Durfort - not a market but does give you an option for some Sunday entertainment, a little further on from Revel you will find lots going on with the shops opening here when everywhere else is likely to be closed. the town originally specialised in copper crafts but has expanded its repertoire to include leather craft and more in recent years. Well worth a visit.

I have concentrated on the markets and facilities close to our gite for the most part but belowI have listed market days for some of the more significant towns and cities in the region that are a little further afield from us.

Montpellier - like Toulouse market day is every day in the captial of Languedoc Roussillon it is held in Halles Paillade on avenue de Heidelberg

Narbonne - Thursday & Sunday morning plus the food hall is open all but 1 day in the year from 7.00a.m. to 1.00p.m.

Beziers - Friday morning is market day for the city and there is a covered market (Les Halles) open every morning. The main market is famous for its flowers and can be found on the Allees Paul Riquet right in the centre of town.

Limoux - Friday morning is also market day for Limoux

Lezignan-Corbieres - You will find Lezignan Corbieres market day is a Wednesday

If you have other holiday destinations that you would like included in this list then please drop me a comment and let me know, I can easily track down when the market days are on and add them to the list.

Friday, 21 August 2009

Soft furnishings in Aude and Languedoc Roussillon

If you have been struggling to get help with your soft furnishings needs in the Aude department of Languedoc Roussillon, you may just have found the answer to your problems.

After 12 months or so sorting out our own home and setting up our gite business here in the South of France, my wife can now focus on her interior design and soft furnishing business. With over 30 years experience working for some of the top suppliers of soft furnishing to the UK market she can offer the following services here in Langudoc Roussillon for the production of: -

All types and styles of handmade curtains and soft furnishings, including curtains, roman blinds, cushions, bed valances, headboards, bed drapes, loose covers and more.

She would be very happy to provide a free quote for any project you have in mind and would love to chat to you about your interior design needs. You can call her on 04 68 60 06 17 or visit her website Curtains and Cushions to view some of her work and get in touch via her contact details on the website.

Or you can just drop me a line using the contact details on this blog



By the way if you fancy finding out how to get an authentic French look to your interior design style, I can highly recommend this great book on the subject, lots of ideas for furniture, fabrics and colour choices.



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Sunday, 9 August 2009

Are French cooking schools the best way to learn how to cook in a French style



Are French cooking schools the best way to learn how to cook in a French style

The best selling book on Amazon is all about 'Mastering the Art of French Cooking' by Julia Child who is now in a film that has recently been released with Meryl Streep playing the lead role of Julia herself.

Watch the trailer for Julie and Julia on YouTube



Holiday Destinations - Saint Felix Lauragais, Midi-Pyrenees


Holiday Destinations - Saint Felix Lauragais, Midi-Pyrenees

The latest offering on Castelnaudary France for local destinations of interest in the Pays de Lauragais region of the Midi Pyrenees, South of France.

There are so many places in the region that can offer spectacular views of the countryside and St Felix Lauragais is no exception.

On a clear day you can see for miles from the 'table de orientation' right across Languedoc Roussillon to the Pyrenees.

Beside the views the town has much in the way of character and interest to offer and is worth a visit on its own merit, even if it didn't have the views.

Go have a look.


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