Janine Marsh

Boulogne-sur-Mer Christmas Market 2018

Written by on November 25, 2018 in Christmas Markets
Boulogne-sur-Mer Christmas Market 2018

Those who have discovered the old town of Boulogne-sur-Mer will be aware how very pretty this part of the port town is and at Christmas time it’s even more magical. Enter the old town through the immense stone gates cut into the high walls and discover a real winter wonderland. This is one of my […]

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Lille Christmas Market 2018

Written by on November 25, 2018 in Christmas Markets
Lille Christmas Market 2018

For those who take their Christmas shopping seriously, it would be hard to find a better place in Europe than Lille. Not only are there almost 4000 shops in this city in northern France but there is also a super festive Christmas market and cultural attractions galore… Festive fun at Lille’s Christmas market Based in […]

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Bon weekend from frosty France

Written by on November 24, 2018 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from frosty France

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. I have to tell you, it’s beginning to feel a bit like Christmas in some parts of France though not where I live. Here there are unspoken rules. 7 days before Christmas for decorations, not before! In Paris though, where I’ve been this week – the lights are […]

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What to see and do in Chartres, Loire, France

Written by on November 23, 2018 in Centre
What to see and do in Chartres, Loire, France

Chartres is famous for its Gothic cathedral, a majestic masterpiece which totally surpasses expectations in real life. But there’s more to do and see in this ancient town. The best way to visit the ancient streets of Chartres is on foot. A good place to start is the tourist office which is in a Renaissance […]

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Chartres Cathedral France

Written by on November 23, 2018 in Centre
Chartres Cathedral France

The city of Chartres is in the department of Eure-et-Loir, region Centre-Val de Loire, in south west France. It’s famous all over the world for its UNESCO world heritage listed cathedral. No wonder, it is an extraordinary and wondrous gothic masterpiece, a major pilgrimage site to this day. It is the reason why most people […]

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Strasbourg Christmas Market 2018

Written by on November 21, 2018 in Christmas Markets
Strasbourg Christmas Market 2018

The oldest and one of the largest Christmas markets in France, Strasbourg is home to the “Christkindelsmärik” a spectacular Christmas market. With the highest Christmas tree in Europe, several Christmas markets and the most illuminated city in Europe in December – no wonder it’s called “Strasbourg, Capital of Christmas”. It began in 1570 in front […]

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Reims Christmas Market 2018

Written by on November 19, 2018 in Christmas Markets
Reims Christmas Market 2018

Reims Christmas market is one of the best in France and attracts a lot of visitors. There’s a reason for that, not only is it truly festive and incredibly pretty, it’s also fun. And, let’s not forget the Champagne connection! What’s on at Reims Christmas Market 2018 Just 45 minutes from Paris by train, Reims Christmas […]

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Bon weekend from a very early morning in France

Written by on November 17, 2018 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from a very early morning in France

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. This morning I was up way before the sun rose. I couldn’t sleep, I have no idea why, I’m off to Paris next week so perhaps it’s excitement! I made a cup of tea and headed out the garden to my little office in the pigsty to do […]

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Ten Great places to visit in France for Christmas 2018

Written by on November 17, 2018 in Christmas Markets
Ten Great places to visit in France for Christmas 2018

We look at some fabulously festive places to visit in France for Christmas 2018. Alsace Head for Strasbourg‘s Christmas market, known locally as the Christkindelsmarik, the oldest in Europe. From 23 November to 30 December, beautiful lights and decorations in the most festive Christmas market with the tallest decorated Christmas tree in Europe.  Take a […]

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3 Christmas Festivals in France 2018 

Written by on November 17, 2018 in Christmas Markets
3 Christmas Festivals in France 2018 

Hundreds of wonderful festivals take place in France for Christmas – from quirky and authentic events like the Licques Turkey Parade to the huge Festival of Lights in Lyon attended by huge crowds. Going to a Christmas market is one of the great festivities of the season – so, where ever you are in France […]

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