Janine Marsh

Bon weekend from a woodshed in the middle of nowhere, France…

Written by on August 24, 2019 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from a woodshed in the middle of nowhere, France…

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. I missed chatting to you last week as I was on holiday in Brittany! It was my first holiday in several years and despite the rain most days – it was brilliant. I love Brittany with its glorious coastline and wonderful little villages and historic towns (you can […]

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Recipe for Tarte Reine-Claude

Written by on August 23, 2019 in Desserts
Recipe for Tarte Reine-Claude

Queen Claude’s tart is a classic French dessert and definitely fit for royalty! It’s really easy to make and utterly delicious. The tart is made with plums known as Reine-Claude (greengage). The plums are named after Claude of France (1499-1524), the wife of Francis 1. If you love sweet, fruity tarts – you’ll love this […]

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Mulhouse Train Museum | Cité du Train

Written by on August 22, 2019 in Alsace, Museums and Châteaux
Mulhouse Train Museum | Cité du Train

When it comes to the Cité du train at Mulhouse, you don’t to be a train buff or train spotter, an anorak or a ferroequinologist (someone who studies trains) to get steamed up about a visit. This incredible museum is a fabulous place on so many levels. History, engineering, social history but overall – it’s […]

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Museums, Monuments and Arts Venues of Lille

Written by on August 21, 2019 in Museums and Châteaux, Nord-Pas de Calais
Museums, Monuments and Arts Venues of Lille

Lille in northern France is one of the most cultural cities in the country. There are more than a dozen museums and art venues in the city and every three years or so Lille goes arty-party mad with a major several-months-long art festival known as Lille3000 in public buildings and the streets. Palais des Beaux […]

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Where to eat out in Dijon Burgundy

Written by on August 19, 2019 in Burgundy
Where to eat out in Dijon Burgundy

Dijon is foodie central. Seriously food is on everyone’s lips, not literally of course, but its the most popular topic of conversation – or at least that’s what it feels like. People in Dijon LOVE good food so there are plenty of eateries from magnificent Michelin starred restaurants to tasty budget bistros. Here’s where to […]

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Bon weekend from an ancient hamlet in France

Written by on August 10, 2019 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from an ancient hamlet in France

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. Traditions are held dear here in France. You only have to look at how popular singer Johnny Hallyday was (The French Elvis Presley) for almost 60 years. In fact he’s still popular despite sadly no longer being with us, his face adorns T-shirts everywhere and there are tribute […]

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Where to eat out in Strasbourg

Written by on August 6, 2019 in Alsace
Where to eat out in Strasbourg

If you love food – you’ll love Strasbourg. The city in the north east of France in the Alsace department takes its food, wine, cakes and desserts seriously. There’s a huge choice of restaurants to choose from. In the main tourist areas, they’re touristy of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean bad, you’ll get gorgeous views […]

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Bon weekend from a hamlet in the middle of nowhere, France…

Written by on August 3, 2019 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from a hamlet in the middle of nowhere, France…

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. It’s been quiet here in the 7 Valleys (far north of France), though that’s pretty normal. There was a flurry of excitement last Saturday night when each village unveiled its straw sculpture entry in the regional competition. There are about 20 villages which take part and it’s a […]

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Top ten things to do in Ile de Ré

Written by on August 1, 2019 in Poitou-Charentes
Top ten things to do in Ile de Ré

Small enough to drive from one end to the other in around 30 minutes, Ile de Ré has an intimacy that’s alluring but never leaves you feeling restricted. Despite its size, the landscape appears to unfold for miles. Expect fields of flowers, vineyards, salt marshes and the most glorious coastline plus the prettiest little villages. […]

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10 things to do on your birthday in Paris

Written by on July 29, 2019 in Paris
10 things to do on your birthday in Paris

If it’s your birthday, then Paris is the perfect place to spend it in style. This isn’t the economy version, after all, you only get one birthday a year, I’ve kept it mid-range price-wise but special. Fabulous places to visit, eat, drink and dance – with some free Champagne thrown in… Things to do on […]

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