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Champagne, chocolate and Halloween Newsletter

Halloween is coming up in the next couple of days and for the first time ever, in my little village there will be an official Halloween party at the Town Hall though it will take place the Saturday after Halloween so that the kids can go too! Yes, Halloween is becoming a ‘thing’ in France these days, a bit different from I first came here when no one seemed to have even heard of it where I live in rural northern France! And you can find out heaps about Halloween in France, haunted stories, ghosts and ghoulies – plus quite possibly the worst Halloween jokes ever told (but they are likely to make you laugh out loud) in my latest podcast (click here)!

There’s not a great deal going on this time of the year, as it’s the lead up to the festive season although fizz fans may be pleased to know that yesterday (27 October) was Global Champagne Day – and it’s never too late to join in a meaningful anniversary! It’s a marketing ploy of course, but if you need an excuse to enjoy some bubbles – you’re welcome!

It’s also National Chocolate Day, and whilst it might not be celebrated all over the world, it’s not exclusive in my opinion and I am adopting it. Feel free to join me! Chocolate has a fascinating history in France, they’re mad for it here – did you know that there are more than 300 dedicated chocolate shops in Paris? (Article revealing all below!).

Next Saturday (the first Saturday in November) is Annual Book Lover’s day – almost coinciding with my new book coming out this week in the UK and next week in the USA and rest of the world! It’s a bit different from my usual tales of life in France, How to be French: Eat, drink, dress, travel and love la vie Française is a celebration of the French lifestyle, cherishing food and culture, savouring the moment, art de vivre etc! It’s in all the usual online stores from Amazon to Barnes & Noble as well as in the High Street.

Wherever you are, I wish you a very bon week-end from a rain-soaked village in the middle of nowhere, Pas-de-Calais,


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Janine Marsh is Author of My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream,  My Four Seasons in France: A Year of the Good Life and Toujours la France: Living the Dream in Rural France all available as ebook, print & audio, on Amazon everywhere & all good bookshops online. Her new book How to be French – a celebration of the French lifestyle and art de vivre, is out now – a look at the French way of life.

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