Why borrow in France? By Nathalie Hilton @ International Private Finance, London based French mortgage broker   Mitigate the volatile exchange rate and reduce sterling cost The Sterling cost of purchasing a property in France is only fixed when you …

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We often get asked what the weather is like in the Alps. And where we get our forecast from. There are loads of resources available. I rarely use just one, I get used to putting them together to get an …

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The weather in the French Alps is generally good. When compared to many other mountain ranges in the world you can expect less rain in the French Alps! It can be miserable though and when a rainy period hits your …

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The temperature of Lake Geneva (in French "le lac Léman") reaches it peak during a heatwave like the one we are experiencing at the moment. In the right spot it will be 24C at "swimming depth", if you tread water …

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As the summer continues to sizzle in Morzine with plenty of sporting and other activities in town, and thoughts turn to the possibility of being able to re-live the mountain dream every summer and winter in your own holiday home, …

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What is the Spartan Race? An assault course or "obstacle race", from 4km to 42km. It started 10 years ago in the US and is now franchised to 14 countries. France and the UK have half a dozen races each …

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Back in April 2009 I first wrote about the proposed lift linking Morzine to Prodains (and then Avoriaz)...AKA "l'Express Morzine-Avoriaz". It was part of a clutch of integrated projects the Mairie was proposing. The Department's application for the Winter Olympics …

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E-bikes (Electric Bikes!) are big news in the Alps. In fact they are big news across the bike industry. For a start it is a growing sector and industry always craves growth. The latest figures I can find from bike-eu.com …

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Route des Grandes Alpes 700km, 16,000m of ascent, 42hrs of riding You can choose to do it over any time period that suits. We did it in a week. I know of others that have done it in half that …

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I've been asked a number of times recently about the current state of the property market in the Alps. Periodically I write my thoughts down on the subject as a reference and this blog is as good as place as …

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