Janine Marsh

The ultimate guide to Christmas in France 2019

Written by on November 18, 2019 in Christmas Markets
The ultimate guide to Christmas in France 2019

There’s nothing quite as festive and fun as an authentic Christmas break in France. Wandering along charming squares and frosty cobbled streets where the breath-taking ancient architecture of historic cities provides the perfect backdrop for the twinkling Christmas lights in December is magical. Check out with our ultimate guide to Christmas in France 2019. Warm […]

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Christmas at the Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Written by on November 17, 2019 in Christmas Markets
Christmas at the Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte

Christmas at the  Chateau de Vaux-le-Vicomte combines a historic, stunning castle with a fairy-tale-like festive display. In 1661, the famous French writer and poet Jean de la Fontaine wrote of the Chateau of Vaux-le-Vicomte: The stage was set with green so lush, and by a hundred torches lit; Once curtain raised, all Vaux was hushed. […]

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How to cook snails in garlic butter

Written by on November 15, 2019 in Starters
How to cook snails in garlic butter

Snails in garlic butter are the ultimate French appetiser and they’re actually quite easy to prepare at home. You can cook and serve them in shells but I like them cooked in a special snail gratin dish. If you don’t have one, use an oven proof dish to suit. Snails are a much loved dish […]

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Christmas Markets in Paris 2019

Written by on November 14, 2019 in Christmas Markets
Christmas Markets in Paris 2019

Christmas markets Paris 2019, the dates, details and locations. Take in the sight of the twinkling city of light, warm up with a chocolat chaud or mulled wine. Wander the cobbled streets, elegant squares and legendary public gardens. The Christmas markets of Paris will definitely bring out the happy in you! The Christmas lights will […]

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What to see in Roubaix northern France

Written by on November 12, 2019 in Nord-Pas de Calais
What to see in Roubaix northern France

Roubaix in northern France, once an industrial powerhouse city has undergone a regeneration and is emerging as a centre of art and culture … A once thriving textile town, Roubaix is a district that’s undergone enormous change as the world of industrial output has shifted. No longer the powerhouse of production that it once was, […]

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Best things to do in Paris in Winter

Written by on November 11, 2019 in Paris
Best things to do in Paris in Winter

Winter is a great time to visit Paris, the crowds are thin (except at Christmas), the cobbled streets on the hill of Montmartre glisten with frost and the city of light is as vibrant and bustling as ever. Any time of the year, this is a city you should wander. But in winter in Paris, […]

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Bon weekend from foggy France

Written by on November 9, 2019 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from foggy France

Bonjour, Hope you had a great week. Here in my little office, which was once a pigsty, I’m trying to finish writing my next book which is scheduled to be published in spring or summer of 2020. So, for a couple of months, the newsletter will be every other week as I focus on the […]

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Best places to see the Christmas lights in Paris

Written by on November 8, 2019 in Christmas Markets
Best places to see the Christmas lights in Paris

Christmas is when Paris really does live up to its name as the City of Light. Wandering along charming squares and frosty cobbled streets where the breath-taking ancient architecture of this historic city provides the perfect backdrop for the twinkling Christmas lights in December is magical. The city can be very cold in winter so […]

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Lille Christmas market northern France

Written by on November 7, 2019 in Christmas Markets
Lille Christmas market northern France

If you take your Christmas shopping seriously, you’ll find it hard to find a more inspiring city in Europe than Lille. Not only are there almost 4000 shops in this historic city in northern France but there is also the super festive Lille Christmas market and cultural attractions galore… Festive fun at Lille Christmas market […]

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Bon weekend from a chicken mum in France…

Written by on November 2, 2019 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from a chicken mum in France…

Bonjour, Hope you had a great week. Here it’s definitely feeling like winter is on the way, chilly nights, frosty mornings and cats that want to be laying in front of the wood fire in the house all day and all night. I love the turn in the weather in many ways though carrying buckets […]

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