Bonjour tout le monde and a big welcome to all our new subscribers…
It’s another bumper newsletter of fabulous features, real life expat inspirational stories, helpful information guides for those who live in or want to live in France… We have thousands of pages of things to do, places to see, typically French recipes, expert guides and fun guest blogs and of course My French Life blog…
Places to check out
Le Touquet Paris-Plage on the Opal Coast of Northern France: This chic little French seaside resort is less than an hour’s drive from Calais. It is a very smart resort known to the locals as the “Monaco of the North”. The Paris-Plage bit of its name is a nod to the number of Parisians whose secret top destination for a getaway break is Le Touquet – the perfect weekend destination. We visited Le Pavillon, a Michelin-starred restaurant in the town and we can’t wait for the upcoming event “British Week” in Le Touquet in which our French friends celebrate their close ties to the UK in three weeks of festivities!
Lille: One of the best shopping cities in France. Wander the streets of the old town taking in the fabulous architecture and shop until you drop – there are more than 3900 shops to choose from! Enjoy the ambience in this dynamic and cosmopolitan city and rest your weary feet in one of the 500 bars and restaurants!
Chocolat Town: We look at Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, the beautiful hill top town where Joanne Harris’ beautiful love story Chocolat was filmed and find its just as pretty in real life as it is in the film.
Bordeaux: We explore this elegant city and find out what to see and do when you visit.
For your Diaries
Nuit Blanche in Paris – 5th October. The whole city lights up in a celebration of art and culture as museums and public buildings put on a free show to remember.
The Biggest Puppet Festival in the world takes place at Charleville-Mezieres in the Champagne-Ardenne region – quirky, fun and fabulous. It only takes place every two years and the next one is in September 2015.
British Week Le Touquet: 12 October to 2 November.
History buffs will enjoy a visit to Seclin Fort near Lille, an incredible historic building and museum which is holding a weekend event with re-enactors 12-13 October.
One of the biggest flea markets in France takes place on Sunday 6th October – the Rederie of Amiens is unmissable for all those bargain hunters amongst you!
Real Live stories
Making friends in France over a baking session – one expat finds this a terrific way to bond with her French neighbours!
From Glasgow in Scotland to the Dordogne in France for two expats seeking a fresh start and a new business opportunity.
A holiday home in Normandy for a stressed out family in need of some joie de vivre.
October Euro currency forecast from the experts at Pure FX.
To Kiss or Not to Kiss – a look at French etiquette.
Buying mobile phones in France – top tips and advice.
We have lots and lots of helpful living in France guides – check out the site for more details.
My French Life
A look at the Paris love locks bridges in one of the most romantic cities in the world and a surprise discover – the tradition is in its infancy!
Maroilles Cheese – love at first bite as I try one of the oldest cheeses in the world, and a look at the home comfort foods the British miss most in France.
Cat-astrophe as yet another animal joins our growing menagerie – welcome to Shadow the kitten!
Who am I to diss a Brie (cheese) – a look at this fabulous old French cheese’s incredible history.
Wishing you all a very Bon Weekend my friends,
À Bientôt, Bon Weekend!
Editor – Rédacteur en Chef