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Bonjour from the gorgeous Opal Coast in northern France!

As you know I love to travel around France and tell you all about my discoveries but there’s no place like home and here in Pas de Calais where I live is very beautiful at any time of year but never more so than when the sun shines. Tonight is the opening weekend of the Midsummer Festival at the Chateau de Hardelot on the Opal Coast and there will be cocktails in the cellars and a musical concert in the gardens. Normally on a Saturday evening in the summer you’ll find me cleaning out the chicken coops so this is a real treat for me!

Here at The Good Life France it has just been getting busier and busier and I am hugely thankful to you all for being a part of making us the best magazine about France from France. I really can’t tell you how much I appreciate the support and the great comments that you leave on Facebook…  Thank you for sharing The Good Life France with all your friends  – we’re working hard to bring you the great features and photos you love from France so that you carry on liking and sharing what we do!

Last week I was in the lovely Loire Valley and I can’t wait to tell you all about it next week – I took hundreds of photographs as it is so beautiful and I have lots of tips and recommendations to share with you.

Janine Marsh, Editor The Good Life FranceFor now though, I am off to clean the chickens beds and duck ponds!

Wishing you all a bon weekend where ever you are,
Bisous from France


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Vence Provence a town to fall in love with: Expat story! We love this story from British expat Geraldine Smith who went for a weekend to Vence in Provence and fell in love with the town and bought a house there! Can’t blame her, it is gorgeous….!

If you’re in Paris and need to cool down – check out Parc Monceau, Lisa Buros-Hutchins, Paris expert, let us in on this one, right in the heart of Paris, a really cool park!

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UK Day Trip News: Nausicaa, the biggest aquarium in Europe has a new exhibition and touch pool where fish meet humans!

Next week features from Lille, the Loire Valley, more expat stories, gorgeous photos, great tips and recommendations and a whole lot more!

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