Janine Marsh

What to see and do in Petite France, Strasbourg

Written by on January 20, 2020 in Alsace
What to see and do in Petite France, Strasbourg

Perfectly preserved, the picturesque Petite France district in the city of Strasbourg, Alsace, north east France, is one of those places where visitors, on seeing it for the first time, stop in their tracks and whisper “wow”. Pretty half-timbered houses, beautifully decorated bars and restaurants and the sparkling water of the River Ill make this […]

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Newsletter from France: weird driving rules & more

Written by on January 19, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Newsletter from France: weird driving rules & more

Bonjour Hope you had a good week. Here I think the most exciting thing to happen is the placement of new plastic life-sized Jersey cows on a traffic roundabout near where I live. I’m really not sure if they are for the benefit of drivers or the real cows who are in the fields on […]

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Top Events in France in February

Written by on January 13, 2020 in Month By Month
Top Events in France in February

We look at some of the top events in France in February from celebration days to festivals, fairs, carnivals and more… Celebration days in France in February La Chandeleur – Pancake Day in France: 25th February 2020. La Chandeleur or Crêpe Day is the day in France when people traditionally eat crêpes and drink cider! Here’s how […]

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The best things to do in Le Havre, Normandy

Written by on January 11, 2020 in Normandy
The best things to do in Le Havre, Normandy

Le Havre in Normandy was once a hugely popular seaside resort. After the Paris to Le Havre railway line opened in 1847, it brought Parisians in their droves to enjoy the long beaches and take the fresh sea air. But these days it’s famous for its huge port and for its extraordinary architecture. A mid […]

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What to see in Fourcès Gers | Jewel of Gascony

Written by on January 7, 2020 in Midi-Pyrénées
What to see in Fourcès Gers | Jewel of Gascony

Fourcès in the Gers department is officially one of the prettiest villages in France. With medieval arcades, beautiful walkways, quirky shops and several restaurants, it’s a fabulous place to while away a few hours admiring its beauty. Here’s what to see in Fourcès… What to see and do in Fourcès “It is” said my guide […]

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Happy New Year from France…

Written by on January 5, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Happy New Year from France…

Bonjour Hope you had a great Christmas! Here, my animals were spoiled. The dogs got chews, the cats got toys and the chickens and ducks got treats. Everyone got a bit more chat and cuddle time on Christmas Day including Ronnie and Reggie, AKA the Kray cockerels. These beautiful brothers are inseparable and strut around […]

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Easy Cassoulet recipe with chicken and sausages

Written by on January 3, 2020 in Main Courses
Easy Cassoulet recipe with chicken and sausages

In parts of the south and southwest France, people are crazy about Cassoulet. It’s a rustic and robust French country stew that typically includes white beans, pork and poultry.  It’s been a favourite for hundreds of years in France and legend has it that the origins go back to the Hundred Years War (1337-1453) During […]

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What to see and do in Gerberoy, Picardy

Written by on January 1, 2020 in Picardy
What to see and do in Gerberoy, Picardy

A classified “plus beaux village de France”, officially one of the prettiest villages, Gerberoy has oodles of charm. Think cobbled streets, half-timbered buildings dripping with roses and wonderful views over the lush countryside. Gerberoy is in the Oise department, Picardy, northern France, on the border of Seine-Maritime, Normandy. It’s one of the smallest towns in […]

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Top Events in France in January

Written by on December 30, 2019 in Month By Month
Top Events in France in January

A look at some of the top events in France in January – just because it’s cold out doesn’t meant there’s nothing going on! National holidays and Celebration days in January in France New Year’s Day 1st January is a national holiday in France Celebration day: La Fête des Rois. It’s traditional to eat a […]

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The extraordinary village of Larressingle in Gers

Written by on December 29, 2019 in Midi-Pyrénées
The extraordinary village of Larressingle in Gers

When you enter the walled castle village of Larressingle in the Gers, which some call Gascony, you’d be forgiven for looking around to see if a knight in shining armour is lurking nearby. Or maybe  a Princess hanging out of a window at the ruined chateau. This place doesn’t just look like it has somehow […]

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