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Waiter running along a cobbled street carrying a tray with full glasses and bottle!

Autumn has arrived here in France, though actually it feels a bit like it arrived early this year after the very dry summer we had. We celebrated the arrival by going to a rather whacky ‘waiter’s race’ in Montreuil-sur-Mer, our nearest ‘big’ town. They haven’t held one for decades here, and there was a big turn out to cheer some 40 tray-carrying servers as they ran around the ramparts trying not to spill the full glasses!

And I have big news this week…

The Good Life France Magazine Autumn 2022

First – the Autumn issue of The Good Life France Magazine is out! It’s totally free, totally gorgeous to look at and totally full of fabulous features. You can read it by clicking here: The Good Life France Magazine Autumn edition. It’s free to share, subscribe and post a link – an enormous thank you for that.

In it we explore exquisite Aix-en-Provence, the French Riviera, delicious Dijon in Burgundy – the new foodie capital of France and bucket list Bordeaux. We head to Normandy to visit the artists’ favourite – the Alabaster Coast, the seaside resort of Ouistreham and the new British Memorial. In beautiful Beaune, the glorious wine country of Burgundy, follow in the footsteps of film stars and nuns; discover Saint-Guilhem-le-Desert, one of the prettiest villages in France, and walk with storks in Alsace. Want to know where to find the most stunning lavender fields in Provence – we reveal all! Discover the foodie credentials of Three Musketeers author Alexander Dumas, the UNESCO listed treasures of Nice, the perched castles of Dordogne and find out how Champagne got its pizzas. Recipes, guides, language lessons and much, much more. I hope you enjoy it.

The Good Life France podcast

Second – The Good Life France podcast is out – you can hear it here: The Good Life France podcast. There’s a subscribe button at the bottom of the post  if you don’t want to miss an episode as soon as it comes out. We have some fabulous guests lined up and I’ll be popping a podcast out every two weeks!

Take a virtual trip with me…

Next week I am off to a secret part of the south of France –  the Drome and the Loire regions. Not the Loire Valley, but in Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes. I’ll be visiting a chocolate museum (research!). And I’m fulfilling a dream to visit a palace built by a postman from pebbles collected on his delivery rounds. And loads more fascinating places. Come with me via Instagram

Bisous from France,

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.

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