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My Four Seasons: A Year of the Good Life by Janine Marsh

Written by on April 10, 2020 in Blog
My Four Seasons: A Year of the Good Life by Janine Marsh

One grey dismal day, I took a day trip to northern France to buy some cheap wine with my dad and my husband Mark. My mum had died two years before and my dad, broken-hearted and bereft, turned to whisky to drown his sorrows. I thought getting him to drink wine would be better for […]

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Photos of Collioure that will make you want to go there!

Written by on April 10, 2020 in Readers Photos
Photos of Collioure that will make you want to go there!

The French Mediterranean village of Collioure is nothing short of enchanting. Travel guru Rick Steves refers to it as “paradise reclaimed” – it’s hard to disagree. These gorgeous photos of  Collioure, basking in the sun, are sure to make you want to visit… Collioure is everything that describes an idyllic postcard-perfect retreat from modern stresses… […]

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A Coop d’Etat | Life with chickens

Written by on April 3, 2020 in Blog
A Coop d’Etat | Life with chickens

The day came recently when I realised that this year, the year of Coronavirus, I would have time to do the garden and it’s probably going to be a very good idea to make my vegetable bed as efficient as possible. But I am a chicken mum and some of my chickens are as much […]

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France Bans UFOs!

Written by on March 1, 2020 in Guest Blogs
France Bans UFOs!

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, in Provence, in the south of France, is famous for its wines. The town’s name means “the pope’s new château” because many centuries ago a summer papal palace was built here. The main Palace of the Popes was in nearby Avignon. Popes need good wine to drink, so vines were planted, barrels were crafted, […]

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Cycling in the Ardennes

Written by on January 27, 2020 in Guest Blogs
Cycling in the Ardennes

La Meuse is a winding river which meanders its way through the French Ardennes and on into Belgium. It’s a haven for cyclists, especially if you enjoy cycling on the flat. A cycle path follows the Meuse for over 50 kms with incredibly scenic views on either side of the river where hills descend sometimes […]

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A taste of Collioure in the south of France

Written by on December 16, 2019 in Guest Blogs
A taste of Collioure in the south of France

On summer evenings, the swallows dip and swoop in nervous arcs as if anxious to protect, or preserve, the close of day in its melancholy stillness. A light hovers over Collioure, on the Vemillion Coast in the Pyrenees-Orientales. Caught in a pale brushstroke of watercolor blue, a wash which holds the houses together as they […]

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Unpredictable Paris

Written by on December 14, 2019 in Guest Blogs
Unpredictable Paris

Paris is an ancient, time-shifting, secret society. I made it to the ripe old age of 61 by creating plans and organizing my life around them. This should come as no surprise. The clearest memory I have of my father is him sitting at the breakfast table looking from my sister to my brother then […]

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The Café des Chats in Paris

Written by on December 9, 2019 in Guest Blogs
The Café des Chats in Paris

In the centre of Paris you can visit a café that’s also a cosy refuge for abandoned cats. Highly recommended for cat and coffee lovers! Margaux Grandelon opened her first Cat Café in 2013 in the Marais district. I visited her second little establishment close to the Bastille monument at 9, Rue Sedaine and enjoyed […]

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How a rural French village inspired a novelist

Written by on November 25, 2019 in Guest Blogs
How a rural French village inspired a novelist

In August 2014, I gave up my job teaching English in Lyon to house-sit a farm in Vienne and write a novel. I wasn’t particularly looking for the literary good life. I just wanted a break from the city. Six months later I finished it. But the elation was short-lived. I didn’t like it at […]

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British expats run a “charity cottage” in Burgundy

Written by on November 25, 2019 in Expats in France
British expats run a “charity cottage” in Burgundy

We chat to Rosy Rabson, a British expat who retired to Burgundy and run a gite from which all proceeds go to charity. Based in the Morvan area, with its regional natural park, a land of ancient castles, picturesque villages, forests and lakes, it is a largely undiscovered by tourists part of France – and […]

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