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It’s beginning to feel a bit like Christmas!

Janine Marsh on tour in france


Are you feeling festive yet – it’s only a couple of weeks until Christmas but as usual I am very last minute with sorting things out except when it comes to The Good Life France Advent Calendar.  I’ve been posting a photo a day from all round France of different towns in all their festive finery and if you’ve missed it – hop on over to Facebook and enjoy the lovely images.

This weekend I’ll be at the Licques Turkey Festival and Gourmet Fair. It’s a rather quirky Christmas event held in what is known locally as “Turkey Town”. Monks started breeding birds in the town of Licques near Calais hundreds of years ago. To this day the Licques birds are famous in France. I love this weekend for its gastronomic gathering of producers and artisans, local and from all over France. And for the huge tent in which hundreds and hundreds of people indulge in local cuisine, great local beers and wines from further afield. There’s even a bit of dancing goes on! It’s a really fun festival and I enjoy it to the full as you can see in the picture above where I’m posing with the Brotherhood of Pommes de Terres who are there to take part in a parade through the town (ps I am the one who is not dressed like a potato!).

Whatever you have planned – I wish you a very bon weekend,
Best wishes,

Top features on the website this week:

Arras Christmas Market: In my opinion this is one of the best Christmas markets in France – it’s so enchanting!

Calais at Christmas – A quick trip across the English Channel brings Brits to Calais and it’s a great place to stock up on French goodies to take home, here are my top tips…

Chateau de Guedelon – this medieval castle being built in the 21st century just gets better and better, Liza Perrat updates on the latest news…

Hotel de Sers – a touch of luxury in Paris without a massive price tag.

French party food – this is a great, simple recipe that takes just minutes to prepare but really impresses!

Christmas shopping Champagne – there’s just time for some last minute shopping and Champagne, just 3 hours drive from Calais is a great place for wine, Champagne of course and some fab French foodie gifts…

5 beautiful beaches for your French Bucket (and spade) List– I know I know, it’s not going to be summer for ages but some of you will be thinking of where to go next so I hope this inspires!

Win Tickets for The France Show London – I’ve got 10 pairs of tickets to give away, just pop your name in the draw and I’ll let you know on Christmas Eve if you’ve won!

How to make Chocolate cake truffles – these are so delicious and yet so easy to make, they’re brilliant for Christmas presents or to share with your friends and family at home!

Win a copy of teatime in Paris – how to make perfect Parisian pastries at home with Jill Colonna the Macaron Queen, pop your name in the draw for this great recipe book!

How Queen Marie-Antoinette almost escaped to America – what an amazing story this is. Margo Lestz, the Sherlock Holmes of strange French facts tells the story…

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