Janine Marsh

The Champagne vineyards of Picardy

Written by on March 5, 2020 in Picardy
The Champagne vineyards of Picardy

If you thought Champagne only comes from Champagne – think again. There are Champagne vineyards in Picardy! It might surprise you to learn that the vineyards of Château-Thierry in the Aisne department of Picardy, Hauts-de-France account for a whopping 10% of AOC Champagne production… Wines and Champagne of Picardy The Aisne department is between Paris […]

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Leap Year Traditions in France

Written by on March 1, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Leap Year Traditions in France

Bonjour and welcome to this week’s newsletter from France I hope you had a good week. Here we had some snow at last. It’s been a very warm, very wet winter compared to most years. But on Thursday morning I woke to the sound of chickens pecking at the window making sorrowful noises and when […]

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What to do in Talmont-sur-Gironde, Charente-Maritime

Written by on February 28, 2020 in Poitou-Charentes
What to do in Talmont-sur-Gironde, Charente-Maritime

The village of Talmont-sur-Gironde in Charente-Maritime was founded in 1284 by Edward I, AKA Edward Longshanks, ruler of Aquitaine and King of England (1272-1307). He chose the land on a rocky promontory overlooking the Gironde Estuary, 15km south of Royan, in order to build a fortified town in the strategic location. The King wasn’t the […]

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The Good Life France Newsletter – fun and inspiring

Written by on February 22, 2020 in Newsletter from France
The Good Life France Newsletter – fun and inspiring

Bonjour, I hope you had a good week. It’s been a regular winter week here but without the snow we usually get this time of the year. What’s a normal winter week? Well, it means keeping our wood fire going most of the day (we don’t have central heating). Making soup and stews on the […]

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Guide to the Chateau de Chantilly

Written by on February 21, 2020 in Museums and Châteaux, Picardy
Guide to the Chateau de Chantilly

Though France has plenty of Chateaux that impress, wow and take your breath away – some are more special than others. The Chateau de Chantilly in Picardy, a short journey from the centre of Paris, is one of them… Potted history of the Chateau of Chantilly Castles have stood for many centuries on the site […]

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Léhon near Dinan in Brittany

Written by on February 20, 2020 in Brittany
Léhon near Dinan in Brittany

When you visit Dinan in the Cotes d’Armor, Brittany, it’s a short journey to the neighbouring village of Léhon. Well worth the detour, picturesque Léhon is historic and full of charm. From Dinan, you can easily walk to Léhon along the riverbanks of the Rance from Dinan which takes around 30 minutes. Or cycle – […]

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Avignon city guide Provence

Written by on February 18, 2020 in Provence-Alpes
Avignon city guide Provence

Avignon is the beating heart of Provence. It’s the capital of the Vaucluse department and a small city with a big presence. Find out what to see and do, what not to miss, where to eat and drink and more in our Avignon city guide … Must-sees in Avignon With its UNESCO listed architecture, and […]

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Guide to Cotes d’Armor Brittany

Written by on February 17, 2020 in Brittany
Guide to Cotes d’Armor Brittany

Read our guide to Cotes d’Armor Brittany and discover a dramatically beautiful coastline of legends, secret islands, beautiful beaches and fabulous food… La vie on Granite rose Someone once said that the great rocks that pepper the landscape of the Pink Granite Coast (Côte de granit rose)  look as if giants have been stoning their […]

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Wild, wet and windy France

Written by on February 17, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Wild, wet and windy France

Bonjour, I hope you had a good week. Here, for the second week running, we had power cuts due to stormy weather. One lasted all day long so there was nothing for it but to light the candles and the fire and read (thank goodness for Kindles!) surrounded by cats and dogs. Fat Cat was […]

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What to see and do in Provence in the spring

Written by on February 13, 2020 in Provence-Alpes
What to see and do in Provence in the spring

Enjoy Provence in the spring, before the summer crowds arrive. Quiet hilltop villages, small city charm and the dazzling blue of the Mediterranean Sea and warm days await you… The best places to visit in Provence in Spring Aix-en-Provence Temperatures in spring in Provence are warm and pleasant. Blue skies and warm days with cooler […]

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