Paris, Southern France and Parlez Vous Politely newsletter!

Written by on March 7, 2014 in Newsletter

southern france

I realised this week that last week, ten years ago, is when I first saw my dream home in France! I was in France for a day trip from London to do some shopping. Those were the days when booze cruises were popular, the Pound was high against the Euro, the supermarkets in and around Calais were heaving with British shoppers fuelling their French fix of wine, spirits, baguettes, cakes, cheese and saucisson.

It was a cold February day. I’d stocked up on wine for myself and my family and had a free afternoon. I decided to head off away from the cold wind blowing off the English Channel and ended up in the Seven Valleys about an hour’s drive inland. I had never been there before and in fact had never even heard of it. I stopped for lunch in the market town of Hesdin, the people were really friendly and I felt very much at home there. On a whim I popped into an estate agents office. I wasn’t interested in buying a house but when the agent asked about a budget I said the first thing that came into my head – a very low figure. He laughed and gave me paperwork for three houses to look at. I had time to kill, so I looked at them all. The first one was hideous, it was lined throughout with luminous linoleum (must be hiding something bad I thought). The second one was in a village where the inhabitants came out of their houses to stare – stranger danger!

The third house was in a tiny village, no shops, no bar. Not much sign of life but I fell in love with it immediately and three days later it was mine! Bon Anniversaire to my French house adventure!

A bientôt

Top 5 Features this week:

1. Absolutely Southern France – we meet Nancy McGee from Canada who fell in love with southern France. She runs a company from gorgeous Sète & spoils her clients with very special tours…

2. The Good Life France 2014 Writing Competition! Its free to enter, fun to enter and we’d love to hear from you. Write a 1000 word post about anything to do with France and you could be published and win a fabulous 10 week online creating writing course with the experts.

3. Passport to Paris… it’s a challenge but we think Rachael Brandt has pulled it off – the five minute guide to Paris!

4. Parlez vous politely in France… Margo Lestz visits a café in Nice where they charge you more for your coffee if you’re not polite! She tells you how to make friends and influence people in France…

5. I went to the Dordogne in February… I wanted to see what it was like without the tourists, what it was like when it was just people going about their normal everyday life – it was anything but every day for me – just brilliant!

Don’t Miss

1. Meet Richard Woollams and family in “Moving to france” – our new series follows Richard as he sticks a pin in a map of France and uproots his family to a new life! He’s a very funny writer and we just love his story… follow the family’s progress as we reveal what happens next!

2. Louise from Connecticut says make friends in France with the help of a pooch!

3. Teased, Trimmed and Trained to within an inch of their life the 150,000 150 year old boxwood topiary wonders at the magnificent gardens of Marqueyssac…

4. Beynac is the most enchanting medieval village which seems to tumble down a cliff to the river Dordogne – a fabulous place to visit…

Practical Guides for expats and homeowners in France

This week is all about Satellite broadband, phones and TV. Accessing the internet and phone services via a satellite service rather than a standard phone line is becoming increasingly popular. We look at satellite services in France in depth with Bob Elliot, telecommunications expert:

1. Everything you need to know about Satellite Broadband

2. Your questions answered about satellite broadband and phone services

3. How to choose the right satellite broadband service for you

4. Peter Lavelle looks at the Euro and Sterling for the month of March

Please share us with your friends – we like nothing more than to entertain, inspire and inform… the buttons below help you share easily! 

Related Articles

Newsletters that shouldn’t be newsletters from France!

Bonjour! Now some of you, though I hope not all of you, will have received two sets of old newsletters in the last few days from me. Well sort of from me! Ever since I started blogging 5 years ago, I’ve used a system called Feedburner to send you a newsletter. And it’s worked perfectly. Until […]

Continue Reading

The Good Life France Magazine Spring 2017 Newsletter from France!

Bonjour Hope you had a great week. This week’s newsletter is all about the Spring issue of The Good Life France Magazine – which has just been published! You can read it online and download it for free here: The Good Life France Magazine Spring 2017 It’s bursting with brilliant features and fabulous photos and […]

Continue Reading

A very bon weekend from France newsletter

Bonjour! Hope you’re well. It feels like ages since my last newsletter, I missed sending it last week as I got stuck on a train going to Cannes that was 4 hours late and I ran out of time! I have to say the south of France at this time of the year is amazing. […]

Continue Reading

Etiquette, Books, Paris and more newsletter from France

Bonjour I hope you had a good week! Here it’s been chilly and raining, and my normal dog walking route has had to be changed as the country lanes are really muddy now. Instead we’ve kept to the roads that encircle the village and skirt around the fields in which maize, hay and beans are grown by […]

Continue Reading

Poppies, gastronomy and more Newsletter from France

January was a cold month in France. We didn’t have much snow, a little, not enough to worry about; but a heavy freezing fog descended and decided it was going to stay. For several days on the trot, everything felt frozen. The water in the dogs’ bowls iced over within an hour of being filled, the […]

Continue Reading


If you enjoyed this article, subscribe now to receive more just like it.

Subscribe via RSS Feed

Comments are closed.