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Janine Marsh, journalist - has written for numerous magazines and newspapers. A complete Francophile who now concentrates on writing about France and all things French.

Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living by Mark Greenside (Review)

Written by on February 21, 2019 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Not Quite) Mastering the Art of French Living by Mark Greenside (Review)

After reading Mark Greenside’s first and extremely entertaining book, ‘I’ll Never Be French (No Matter What I do): Living in a Small Village in Brittany, I couldn’t wait to start this one, and I was not disappointed! The first book tells how in 1991 a reluctant Mark agrees to visit Brittany with a girlfriend, and […]

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A family’s experience of moving to France

Written by on March 19, 2018 in Guest Blogs
A family’s experience of moving to France

Girton, Cambridge.  Nice house, good jobs, lovely friends. The most frequent question I’m asked is, ‘Why did you leave the UK?’  The most honest answer is that we left because we could.  I mean, why not? We were happy in Girton, but sometimes it’s a case of wanting to do something different, something a little […]

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Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands

Written by on November 2, 2017 in Book Reviews And Interviews
Drawing Lessons by Patricia Sands

Patricia Sands, the author of the Love in Provence series returns to the South of France with a poignant portrait of a woman who must learn how to create a new life for herself… Sixty-two-year-old Arianna arrives in the South of France for a two-week artists’ workshop full of anticipation but burdened by guilt. Back […]

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Newsletter from Frosty France!

Written by on January 20, 2017 in Newsletter
Newsletter from Frosty France!

Bonjour Here in France we’ve been through a bit of a cold spell the last week. Even in the normally not too frosty south, my friends have been complaining of below zero temperatures. I quite like it when it’s cold out. After several years here, I’ve got the hang of making sure there’s enough wood […]

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Foodie Christmas Traditions of France

Written by on November 23, 2016 in Gastronomy
Foodie Christmas Traditions of France

The French celebrate Christmas on the evening of the 24th of December when ‘Père Noël’ leaves gifts for good children in shoes beneath the tree. Start with a champagne aperitif with nibbles or amuse bouches (literally nibbles that amuse the mouth). Then the serious task of feasting commences. There are usually several (sometimes as many […]

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The History of Modern France by Jonathan Fenby

Written by on November 23, 2016 in Book Reviews And Interviews
The History of Modern France by Jonathan Fenby

Jonathan Fenby provides an expert and riveting journey through he history of France from  First Revolution through two others, a return of Empire, catastrophic wars and period of stability and hope. “The definitive guide to understanding France”. With the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo in June 1815, the next two centuries […]

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5 Easy French Expressions That Help You Sound Like A Local

Written by on November 9, 2016 in French Language, Learn French
5 Easy French Expressions That Help You Sound Like A Local

French Expressions in every day use In this video, there are some sentences that the French really use in everyday life. These are typically French expressions that you’ll hear in friendly conversations, in the streets and cafés. Use them and people will immediately think you’ve been living in France for years! Learn how to use expressions […]

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French baguettes, Opal Coast and more newsletter from France

Written by on June 20, 2014 in Newsletter
French baguettes, Opal Coast and more newsletter from France

Today the sun has been shining all day long and summer feels like it is well and truly here. I’ve been out and about in St Omer and nearby villages in the Nord-Pas de Calais region in the far north of France. I visited a boulangerie with an award winning baker who makes the most […]

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Truffle Hunting, Giant mechanical creatures, writing contest winners

Written by on May 2, 2014 in Newsletter
Truffle Hunting, Giant mechanical creatures, writing contest winners

Bonjour from France! The big news this week has been the announcement of the winners in our spring 2014 writing competition. We were amazed to receive 104 entries from all around the world and the standard was incredibly high.  Authors Susie Kelly, Kimberley Petyt, Deborah Lawrenson, Patricia Sands, Julia Stagg and author/publisher Stephanie Zia had […]

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Public Holidays France 2014

Written by on November 25, 2013 in Events
Public Holidays France 2014

Complete list of public holidays France 2014 – both fixed and changeable date bank holidays. There are a number of fixed public holidays (bank holidays) each year. They are fixed to a specific date regardless of whether it falls on a weekday or weekend. This is different from some countries where a public holiday falling […]

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