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Keen as Mustard and off to Dijon newsletter from France

keen as mustard

Cou cou from France!

Today I’m off to Dijon in Burgundy and – I’m keen as mustard to visit this gorgeous town (I can hear you groaning at that little pun!).  I’m taking the train across France, from Calais to Paris where I’ll pick up a train at Gare de Lyon direct to Dijon arriving in the centre of town just 2.5 hours later – and of course I will be going to the famous Dijon mustard shop – Maille.

This week I visited a chocolate factory in France! One of only three companies in the whole of France that makes chocolate using their own beans (they have a plantation in south America) and I’m really looking forward to tell you about it next week – just in time for Easter!  Easter Monday April 21 will be a public holiday in France so, if you’re planning to be here then, don’t forget to stock up a day or two in advance because almost all shops will be closed. Most of them will be closed the day before too – Sunday opening is not the norm yet here in France though it is getting that way.

Wishing you all a very bon weekend and hope you enjoy reading all the features we’ve published this week…

Best wishes
Janine

This week’s features:

History of chocolate in France – What a fascinating tale it is too – how a 14 year old Princess gave chocolate to her 14 year old husband to be – King Louis XIII and started an enduring craze in France…

Best chocolate shops in Paris – these are 5 of the best we know, from the oldest to the newest, the most delicious and inventive chocolatiers in town…

Happy Birthday Eiffel Tower – the First Lady of France turned 125 years old this week and she’s aged just beautifully hasn’t she?!…

Café Gourmand – Lucy Pitts tells us about the growing trend for this scrumptious dessert in France – it’s a real upstart on the French cuisine scene…

Chateau de Gudanes – several weeks ago we wrote about this fabulous abandoned chateau and the indomitable lady who is determined to bring it back to life – here’s an update on a story that’s gone viral!…

French Cakes and Charles Quint’s finger – I know you’re thinking what is she on about, but, there is a cake in France called Charles Quint’s Finger and it has an amazing history!…

Home away from Home in France – We take a look at Britain’s No.1 rental holiday website and find out just why it’s the most popular home away from home option…

5 Brilliant short breaks in France – A sneaky, cheeky break in France can you really perk you up. There’s nothing like finding a great value flight to somewhere gorgeous and French and driving off into the sunset…

Don’t miss: 

Buying and selling at the flea markets –  Ali Stokes, a flea market expert talks about how she got started in the business…

Euro Sterling Forecast – Peter Lavelle, economist at PureFX forecasts the Euro/Sterling movement for April – so far he’s been spot on!

Monaco and the French Connection – Bob Lyons visits Monaco, Monte Carlo and discovers a murky past and the must see places to visit…

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