Janine Marsh

Bon weekend from under a plum tree in France

Written by on September 21, 2019 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from under a plum tree in France

Bonjour, Hope you had a great week. I have had an adventure I can tell you. I’d been asked to help make a film about my favourite region of France – Hauts de France which is made up of the departments of Pas de Calais, Nord and Picardy. But before I even got to get […]

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Guide to Cognac, Charente

Written by on September 19, 2019 in Poitou-Charentes
Guide to Cognac, Charente

The town of Cognac in the Charente department, south west France makes for a great visit. Especially if you love cognac… And historic towns, gorgeous countryside, sitting at cafés and watching the world go by. Guide to Cognac The name cognac is famous the world over for the fine French brandy made from white wine […]

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Le Touquet Paris-Plage, Northern France

Written by on September 19, 2019 in Nord-Pas de Calais
Le Touquet Paris-Plage, Northern France

Le Touquet Paris-Plage is a small seaside resort on the beautiful Opal Coast of northern France. Architecturally it has a mix of British Edwardian and French Belle Epoque styles. Combined with a zest for outdoor living (and its own microclimate), swanky shops and excellent bars and restaurants. It’s a brilliant place for a weekend break […]

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Bon weekend from the back of a motorbike in France…

Written by on September 16, 2019 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from the back of a motorbike in France…

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. I’m sending you this newsletter from the back of a Harley Davidson as I’m on a road trip round the most northerly region of France. Join me on Instagram where I’ll be posting photos (and even a few videos) from the Chateau de Chantilly – where I’ll be […]

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What to see and do in Manche Normandy

Written by on September 10, 2019 in Normandy
What to see and do in Manche Normandy

The majority of people who arrive at the port of Cherbourg in La Manche in Normandy, hit the road and head south. Or the Loire Valley, or somewhere else. Sometimes they stop at Mont Saint-Michel en route, and who can blame them, it’s one of the most famous sites of France. But, this Norman department […]

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How to make French Crème de menthe

Written by on September 9, 2019 in Wine and Drinks
How to make French Crème de menthe

Neon green and more a syrup than the cream the name suggests – crème de menthe is a favourite in France where it was invented by a pharmacist called Emile Giffard. He worked as a dispensing chemist but he was also a gourmet and was intrigued by the digestive qualities of mint. In 1885 he […]

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What to see and do in Royan Charente-Maritime

Written by on September 8, 2019 in Poitou-Charentes
What to see and do in Royan Charente-Maritime

Royan in the south west of France, in Charente-Maritime, is a classified “Ville d’Art et d’Histoire”. This holiday resort combines the old world charm of the Belle Epoque with modern architecture, a buzzing port and sea front and plenty to see and do in the town and close by. Here’s what to see and do […]

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Bon weekend from France | Chateaux, Dordogne & gluten free France

Written by on September 7, 2019 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from France | Chateaux, Dordogne & gluten free France

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. Here it feels like autumn is well on the way, there’s a chill in the air in the morning and at night, and the leaves are starting to turn golden in the trees. On my walk with the dogs this morning the signs for fall were clear, the […]

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France at a glance | The regions of France

Written by on September 5, 2019 in Culture & Language
France at a glance | The regions of France

France is the most visited country in the world with a whopping 90 million people coming to discover its charms in 2018. It’s no wonder l’Hexagone as France is nicknamed by the French (due to its shape) is so popular: with a diverse landscape which includes mountains, glorious countryside, beautiful beaches, vineyards, historic cities and […]

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Visit to the Chateau de Versailles

Written by on September 4, 2019 in Museums and Châteaux
Visit to the Chateau de Versailles

When Louis XIV was pondering over how to create the most magnificent palace the world had ever seen, one that truly showed off his glory and absolute power, he can’t have had any idea just how many people would tread in his footsteps and gaze in wonder at his legacy. The Chateau de Versailles is […]

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