Janine Marsh

French bread, a car rally and cossetted cats newsletter

Written by on March 16, 2019 in Newsletter from France
French bread, a car rally and cossetted cats newsletter

Bonjour, Hope you had a great week. As I write this the Le Touquet car rally is going on outside. It’s an annual event which apparently kickstarts the rally season in France. It also shakes my pigsty/office, as what sounds like hundreds of drivers fling their cars down our little rue and round hairpin bends […]

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Super Spring Getaways in France

Written by on March 12, 2019 in Places to Go
Super Spring Getaways in France

Spring is the perfect time to enjoy a detour to some of the most fabulous cities and towns in France. Spring in Alsace Alsace in the north east of France is a land of pine-clad forests, the Vosges Mountains and fairy-tale-like hamlets. Eguiseheim is the birthplace of wine making in Alsace and its pointy roofed […]

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Weekly newsletter from France | Bon Weekend!

Written by on March 9, 2019 in Newsletter from France
Weekly newsletter from France | Bon Weekend!

Bonjour Hope you had a good week. Here, I thought maybe it was time to build an ark – the rain we’ve had! Thank you so much to everyone who sent such lovely messages about poor old Gregory Peck Jr the sick cockerel. I’m sorry to tell you that he has departed for a heavenly […]

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Wishing you a very bon weekend from France

Written by on March 2, 2019 in Newsletter from France
Wishing you a very bon weekend from France

Bonjour, Hope you had a great week. First, thank you so much to everyone who emailed me last week with recommendations for favourite places to visit all over France – you’ve given me inspiration a-plenty for the whole year ahead! And if you dream of a holiday in France – don’t forget to enter our […]

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Easy recipe for Chocolate Soufflé

Written by on February 25, 2019 in Desserts
Easy recipe for Chocolate Soufflé

A light, airy and utterly scrumptious dessert. Most people think it’s a tricky recipe but it’s not really that difficult when you know how. The soufflé as we know it is said to have originated in France in the 18th century when it was apparently created as a dish for the mistress of Louis XV, […]

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15 things to do in April in France

Written by on February 25, 2019 in Month By Month
15 things to do in April in France

April is the perfect month to get out and about, take a well-deserved break and enjoy the spring sunshine in France. Les Journées Européennes des Métiers d’Art European Days of Crafts – a chance for the public to meet artisans as 5000 events take place across France. Workshops, exhibitions and demonstrations of skill plus tours. […]

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Bon weekend from France where spring is on the way

Written by on February 23, 2019 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from France where spring is on the way

Bonjour, Hope you had a great week. Here, I am plotting and planning. As spring seems to be well and truly on the way, it’s time for me to think about getting on the road and researching places to write about and share with you. About a month from now I’m off to Versailles and […]

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10 great things to do in Bordeaux

Written by on February 20, 2019 in Aquitaine
10 great things to do in Bordeaux

Bordeaux used to have a reputation for being a bit grubby. It’s hard to believe as you wander its streets of honey-coloured buildings. But, if you head to the 17th century Church of Notre Dame (modelled after the Church of Gesú in Rome), stand facing it and look to your left. You’ll see a tea […]

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Saint Quentin, Picardy

Written by on February 18, 2019 in Picardy
Saint Quentin, Picardy

A plethora of museums, parks and marvellous architecture make Saint Quentin in Picardy a fabulous destination for a day trip or weekend break. It also makes for a great base to explore the surrounding area. Saint-Quentin lies between Calais and Reims in Champagne and was founded by the Romans. During the middle ages it was […]

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Bon Weekend from a sunny spring-like courtyard in France

Written by on February 17, 2019 in Newsletter from France
Bon Weekend from a sunny spring-like courtyard in France

Bonjour, Hope you had a great week. Spring really seems to have arrived this week in my bit of rural France. There are buds on trees, a green haze over the forests, birds are returning and trilling out a beautiful chorus from the rooftops and bushes, the cats are lying in the sun in the […]

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