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Happy New Year Newsletter from France

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Bonjour and Happy New Year!

I thought it would be fun to start the New Year with a give-away and then I thought to myself two give-ways are better than one and so…

This month we’ve got up for grabs two really great books:

The French Postmistress by Julia Stagg (Review and interview) – a lovely story of life in rural France
The Cheese and I by Matt Feroze (Review and interview) – a wonderful story of determination and … cheese!

All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is post a comment on our Facebook Timeline or the relevant post on our FB page. Tell us which book you’d like to win – and, if you share the post we put on Facebook your name will go in the draw again – two bites at the pie! (Don’t forget you need to like our FB page when you share or we can’t see who you are to contact you if you win).

Despite the fact that it has been holiday season between Christmas and the New Year we’ve published some great stories and here’s our Top Five Features pick of the week:

1. Galette des Rois – the Kings’ Cake – it’s the law to eat it on 6th January in France (just kidding but you can be sure that nearly everyone will!). No French boulangerie where you live? Make a galette des rois at home with our French recipe
2. The beautiful town of Najac in the Midi-Pyrénées, officially one of the most beautiful villages in France…
3. French café philosophy – great advice for the New Year from the old man in the authentic French café…
4. Truffle hunting in Provence – who knew it would be so much fun?!…
5.  The winter sales in France – state regulated and a magnet for bargain hunters…

And our Top Three Information articles for the week:

1. Euro forecast January 2014 – The pound is still soaring high…
2. Make the most of your hot water in France… how to cut costs simply and easily…
3. Everything banking in France – from paying cash into the bank, writing a cheque, what an RIB means and lots more!…

You can also read:

1. Chickens in France – it’s the expats addiction, we just can’t help ourselves!…
2. How New Year is celebrated in France
3. Canal Saint-Martin, Paris – which we have Napoleon Bonaparte to thank for…

It’s traditional to wish everyone a Happy New Year until the end of January in France, so best wishes and Bonne Année mes amies and amis,

Janine

Editor – Rédacteur en Chef
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