Janine Marsh

What to see and do in Saintes, Charente-Maritime

Written by on May 26, 2019 in Poitou-Charentes
What to see and do in Saintes, Charente-Maritime

Saintes in the Charente-Maritime department, Nouvelle Aquitaine (formerly Poitou-Charentes) has been a market town since time immemorial. The Romans called it Mediolanum Santorum – the Market Town of the Santones people. If the Romans returned today, they’d certainly recognise some of the buildings. And, they’d surely appreciate the truly spectacular market that still takes place […]

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Wishing you a bon weekend from France…

Written by on May 25, 2019 in Newsletter from France
Wishing you a bon weekend from France…

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. Summer is well and truly on the way here in the middle of nowhere – at least that’s what my neighbour Marie-Claude says. At almost 90 years old she is as spritely as a woman half her age and as thin as a reed despite her favourite snack […]

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The Good Life for expats in Carcassonne

Written by on May 24, 2019 in Gîtes in France
The Good Life for expats in Carcassonne

Londoner Linda Devine moved to France with her husband Bernard, an engineer, in 2014. After a lifetime of work in hospitality including management roles at the Ritz, Hilton and Accor Hotels, she knew just what makes guests happy and bought all the experience to her latest venture, a gorgeous gite near Carcassonne in the south […]

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What to see and do in Angouleme, Charente, France

Written by on May 23, 2019 in Poitou-Charentes
What to see and do in Angouleme, Charente, France

Angoulême is located on a limestone plateau overlooking the Charente River. Thanks to its perched position, the city is nicknamed the “balcony of the southwest” France. When you stand at its edge looking over the surrounding countryside – you’ll know exactly how it got that name. Its location has always made it highly coveted, the […]

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Are we french yet by Keith Van Sickle

Written by on May 21, 2019 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Are we french yet by Keith Van Sickle

A series of of short vignettes details the lives of Keith and Val, a couple of Americans living a double life. Half the year they’re in Silicon Valley, California and the other half they spend in St Remy de Provence, France. After several years of to-ing and fro-ing, learning French, making friends and really digging […]

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There are loads of Free Museums in Paris

Written by on May 21, 2019 in Museums and Châteaux, Paris
There are loads of Free Museums in Paris

In Paris (and indeed the rest of France), many museums are free year-round. And, if you’re thinking that the free museums are only for hanging out in when its raining and you need a place to shelter, you couldn’t be more wrong. We’re talking top museums that you’d want to go to anyway including the […]

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What to see and do in Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

Written by on May 20, 2019 in Aquitaine
What to see and do in Saint-Emilion, Bordeaux

The lovely hilltop town of Saint-Emilion in Bordeaux, surrounded by vineyards is a wine legend. UNESCO listed, as well as a “plus beau village de France” (officially one of the most beautiful villages) its medieval streets are an absolute delight. Here’s what to see and do in Saint-Emilion. You don’t have to be a wine […]

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Where to eat out and do a wine tasting in Saint-Emilion Bordeaux

Written by on May 20, 2019 in Aquitaine
Where to eat out and do a wine tasting in Saint-Emilion Bordeaux

If you go to Saint-Emilion, you have to do a wine tasting – it’s practically the law! And there are loads of lovely little restaurants dotted throughout the cobbled streets. All the hill climbing you’ll do in this famous wine town certainly gives you an excuse to indulge. Where to do a wine tasting in […]

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Bon Weekend from Strasbourg, France

Written by on May 18, 2019 in Newsletter from France
Bon Weekend from Strasbourg, France

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. Life here has been somewhat topsy-turvy and full of first time experiences in the last couple of weeks. For one thing, an ornamental pigeon has adopted me. Seriously. This beautiful brown and white dappled bird with a pink tinge turned up in the garden a couple of weeks […]

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Lille3000 Eldorado | Arty party Lille

Written by on May 17, 2019 in News
Lille3000 Eldorado | Arty party Lille

It’s hard to imagine a more exuberant art festival than the one which takes place in the northern French city of Lille every few years. An enormous event which takes place over several months in the city centre and surrounding districts – it’s known as Lille3000. A cultural season of art and events Lille3000 is […]

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