Janine Marsh

Bon weekend from cheese and wine loving France…

Written by on August 2, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from cheese and wine loving France…

Bonjour, I truly hope you and yours are well. I’ve been taking a bit of time out, which is why you’re only hearing from me every two weeks! That doesn’t mean I’m totally relaxing though as the next magazine is in progress. It’s free to subscribe to via the current issue (here), and it’s a […]

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Lille – the best cultural sites and restaurants

Written by on July 27, 2020 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Lille – the best cultural sites and restaurants

Vieux Lille, the old town of Lille, is a place of fanciful Flemish facades. Where bars, bistros, boutiques and shops line the cobbled streets which wind their way labyrinth-like around the central Place du Général de Gaulle, known as the grand’Place. Outdoor cafés abound in the ancient city centre, art of all kinds adorns the […]

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France holiday travel and Coronavirus rules

Written by on July 24, 2020 in News
France holiday travel and Coronavirus rules

Everything you need to know about the new rules to enjoy a holiday in France during the Coronavirus pandemic. I’ve had so many questions about France holiday travel and Coronavirus rule, and indeed what life is like here under Covid-19 for visitors So here is a summary that’s up to date as at summer 2020. […]

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Bon weekend from a lavender field in France

Written by on July 18, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from a lavender field in France

Bonjour, I truly hope you and yours are well. Here we’ve had a bit of a damp week which has made my 47 (eek, what was I thinking?) cucumber plants happy. My pumpkin plant now has 38 baby pumpkins growing along its sprawling vines. And 4 new chickens have joined Reggie and Ronnie Kray’s pen […]

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IXXI | Art that fills your walls with joy

Written by on July 15, 2020 in French Style
IXXI | Art that fills your walls with joy

I’ve been renovating my neglected old farmhouse in rural northern France for some years now. It’s been transformed from a hovel with dirt floors and gaping holes in the roof, bare concrete walls and corrugated iron doors that flapped in the wind into a comfy home. But it needed a bit of a style makeover […]

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Stunning secret holiday spots in France

Written by on July 15, 2020 in Holidays & Things to do, Places to Go
Stunning secret holiday spots in France

If you’re looking for crowd-dodging, off the beaten-track, fabulous places to holiday in France – check out these inspired choices! French Connections, the UK holiday company that lists thousands of gites all over France, asked us to share three of our favourite secret holiday spots in France. Burgundy, Annecy Mountains and Brittany have it all: beaches, […]

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Pastis Gascon | Gascon Apple Pie

Written by on July 10, 2020 in Desserts, Gastronomy
Pastis Gascon | Gascon Apple Pie

I’d never heard of this apple pie until I visited the beautiful area of Gers, AKA Gascony. Deep in the hear of rural southern France, it’s like the land that time forgot. Rolling hills, vineyards, orchards and lakes, peppered with tiny villages and medieval towns. It’s a land of plenty and famous for its speciality […]

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Road Trip northern France

Written by on July 8, 2020 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Road Trip northern France

The far north of France, known as Hauts de France comprising the departments Picardy, Pas-de-Calais and Nord is the perfect road trip destination. A land of castles, seaside resorts, forests and lakes. There are ancient towns and cities, gorgeous countryside and picturesque villages and even Champagne vineyards! If you’re after a road trip that takes […]

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Peyton Place Chicken Pen

Written by on July 6, 2020 in Blog, My French Life
Peyton Place Chicken Pen

As a poultry keeper, I’m always amazed by the antics of my birds. I have ducks, chickens and geese – they’re pets, not for the pot, despite the urging of my French neighbours.  I love them all but it’s the chickens who for me are the most fascinating. Ducks fight it out to establish a […]

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Fabulous French bed linen

Written by on July 6, 2020 in French Style
Fabulous French bed linen

France has long been famous for its style. The French “look” has developed over hundreds of years reflecting the savoir-faire, know-how and attention to detail that is a particularly French thing. From the refined grandeur of Chateau style to Provencal, Parisian and rustic styles, the French look really does suit all tastes. And there are […]

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