Janine Marsh

Essential guide to Montpellier southern France

Written by on June 19, 2020 in Languedoc-Roussillon
Essential guide to Montpellier southern France

Montpellier, the capital city of Herault, Occitanie was once a tranquil fishing village. Now it’s a cool city with a hip vibe. Our essential guide to Montpellier reveals a city of surprises and beauty. With an average of 300 days a year of sun, a historic centre, architecturally thrilling new town, fabulous bars and restaurants, […]

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Secret Toulouse | The city’s unusual side

Written by on June 16, 2020 in Midi-Pyrénées
Secret Toulouse | The city’s unusual side

Discover secret Toulouse. The pink city as it’s known, thanks to the beautiful red brick buildings that fill its streets, is an absolute paradise for culture vultures… Colourful, cultural and captivating France’s 4th largest city has a multi-faceted personality. It’s famous for being home to Airbus headquarters, hosts satellite, space and aerospace industries and has […]

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How to make French Brioche at home

Written by on June 15, 2020 in Desserts
How to make French Brioche at home

Brioche is a classic French pastry. Part cake, part bread, it’s a staple dish in France. Eaten for breakfast or as a snack, it’s buttery-eggy-sweetness make it a firm favourite. For those who love to cook or can’t be in France, here’s how to make French brioche at home. No one knows when it was […]

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Bon weekend from the “new normal” France

Written by on June 13, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Bon weekend from the “new normal” France

Bonjour I hope that you and yours are well. Here in France, with lock-down restrictions eased, this week I went to one of my favourite local bars for the first time in more than 3 months. It’s very hard not to kiss on the cheeks as we normally do, it’s become such a normal reaction […]

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10 Cities to visit on a day trip from Paris

Written by on June 12, 2020 in Paris, Places to Go
10 Cities to visit on a day trip from Paris

Of course Paris has plenty to keep visitors happy for weeks on end. But. Sometimes it’s great to get out of the city. To see what else France has to offer. It’s really easy to get around and about by train from Paris. We’ve chosen 10 captivating cities you can easily visit on a day […]

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Planète Gascogne by Perry Taylor

Written by on June 8, 2020 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Planète Gascogne by Perry Taylor

Gascony is like a planet where time has stood still… thus starts Perry Taylor’s latest book of drawings. Every page presents a snapshot of life in the beautiful rural countryside and medieval villages of South West France, in the area known as Gascony. Like his previous three books, Planète Gascogne has a ‘feel good’ factor, […]

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National Cheese day, French cheese and more

Written by on June 7, 2020 in Newsletter from France
National Cheese day, French cheese and more

Bonjour, I truly hope you and yours are well. Sone days I think, I’m ok at this talking French malarkey. I’ve wandered into builders merchants, ordered up tons of ballast and hundreds of bags of cement so we can lay floors in our rickety old house and acrow props (poles that hold the house up), […]

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Recipe for Pissaladière

Written by on June 1, 2020 in Gastronomy, Main Courses
Recipe for Pissaladière

This delicious Provencal version of pizza is a firm favourite in Nice and the French Riviera.  It’s easy to make at home, is great for a snack or light meal, very moreish and goes well with a green salad or on its own or with a glass of chilled rosé… Ingredients for a Pissaladière for […]

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Your weekly tale of life in France…

Written by on May 30, 2020 in Newsletter from France
Your weekly tale of life in France…

Bonjour, I truly hope you and yours are well. Here, a little more normality is being introduced into daily life with most hotels, restaurants and cafés being allowed to open and the 100km travel limit being lifted. It’s going to be challenging. We must wear masks for instance in restaurants (though not when eating) and […]

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48 hours in and around Le Havre, Normandy

Written by on May 28, 2020 in Normandy
48 hours in and around Le Havre, Normandy

Le Havre’s port is vast. And its contemporary architecture has UNESCO heritage status in recognition of its exceptional urban design on a grand scale. This cruise ship destination city is a vibrant, friendly and fascinating city to visit. The birthplace of impressionism with an arty vibe offers plenty to do in the town. And with […]

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