Janine Marsh

Guide to Apt in Provence

Written by on January 25, 2021 in Provence-Alpes
Guide to Apt in Provence

Apt in the department of Vaucluse, Provence is a largish town with an inner old town. It’s famous for its crystallised fruit, is awash with gorgeous little shops and home to a fabulous Saturday street market. Founded by the Romans in the 1st century BC, it’s in the heart of the Luberon Nature Park, between […]

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King of the croisssants – a tale from France

Written by on January 23, 2021 in Newsletter from France
King of the croisssants – a tale from France

Bonjour, I hope that you and yours are well. It’s been a quiet week in my village with snow, storms, gale force winds and torrential rain all in the space of a few days. Definitely weather for baking! 30 January is National Croissant Day. Yes, really, I didn’t make it up I promise you. Croissants […]

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Stunning country villages you can visit on a day trip from Paris…

Written by on January 20, 2021 in Paris
Stunning country villages you can visit on a day trip from Paris…

Paris is a city where you’ll always find something new to fall in love with. But sometimes it’s good to get out of the city and see some of the rest of France. Luckily, there are loads of lovely villages you can get to and from within a day from the city. And what’s more, […]

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The best sparkling winemaker in the world

Written by on January 19, 2021 in Wine and Drinks
The best sparkling winemaker in the world

Imagine being a judge in a contest where more than 1000 different sparkling wines from around the world need to be assessed. Each sparkling wine must be blind tasted without any information about who made them, and what they cost… That’s what being a judge at the International Wine Challenge (IWC) annual event is all […]

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Easy recipe for raclette, alpine classic

Written by on January 17, 2021 in Main Courses
Easy recipe for raclette, alpine classic

Raclette is one of those tasty dishes that’s comforting and hearty, delicious and filling, cheesy, meaty and tasty. This easy recipe for raclette is perfect for sharing and utterly scrumptious – it’s alpine soul food… History of raclette Legend has it that  in the bitterly cold winter months in the mountains, would light a fire […]

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Bon weekend from my little French kitchen

Written by on January 16, 2021 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from my little French kitchen

Bonjour, I hope that you and yours are well. This week it’s been raining cats and dogs in my bit of France. Or as the French say il fait un temps de chien – weather suitable for dogs. Whoever thought up that phrase certainly doesn’t know my dogs. Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Bruno and Churchill (here […]

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The officially prettiest villages in the Gers Department

Written by on January 13, 2021 in Midi-Pyrénées
The officially prettiest villages in the Gers Department

The department of Gers in southwest France, a land often called by its historic name of Gascony, is small – but beautiful. It’s a land of sunflower fields, vineyards and rolling hills. Medieval towns and tranquil hamlets, ancient churches, chapels and glorious castles dot the landscape. It’s where Armagnac is made and wine, and the […]

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Cakes, contests and calendars – bon weekend from France…

Written by on January 9, 2021 in Newsletter from France
Cakes, contests and calendars – bon weekend from France…

Bonjour, I hope that you and yours are well. Sometimes I sit down to write the newsletter and I think… hmm not much has happened this week in my tiny village of 142 people and 1000 cows. At least not anything of newspaper-worthy importance. I have no problem with this. I am happy that the […]

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Happy New Year from the middle of nowhere in France…

Written by on January 2, 2021 in Newsletter from France
Happy New Year from the middle of nowhere in France…

Bonjour, I hope that you and yours are well and that you had a good Christmas… In France we wish Happy New Year for a least six weeks after the new year starts – and I truly wish you a happy (happier) 2021. Usually New Year’s Eve in my village is marked by a party […]

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Review: Winston Churchill, Painting on the French Riviera

Written by on December 28, 2020 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Review: Winston Churchill, Painting on the French Riviera

Winston Churchill, Painting on the French Riviera is a beautiful coffee table book by Paul Rafferty. It’s a joy to read for any lover of art, Provence and Winston Churchill, voted the Greatest Briton… Winston Churchill, Painting on the French Riviera Churchill once declared that only one of his life’s ambitions had not been fulfilled […]

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