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Salut mes amis and Bon Weekend… and a great big welcome to all our new subscribers.

In this week’s newsletter we look at learning French and great places to practice your new French language skills from Paris to Provence, Deauville, Alsace, Cassis, Ile de Re and more.

I’ve been making cheese at a local goat farm and met a French family who grow hundreds and hundreds of organic heirloom vegetables to sell in their shop and make into mouth-watering meals at their little auberge. I’ll be telling you more about this next week. Sometimes I think I have the best job in the world (most of the time I think that actually)…

Chez moi, my growing animal family has been joined by Lucky the new born duckling after I found her swimming frantically in a pond unable to get out while her soppy first time mum just watched. Hank Marvin the starving kitten who my other cats bought home is doing well after some help from the vet. He is blind in one eye from a nasty infection but otherwise he’s starting to play and has become very affectionate, I like to think he knows I’m trying to help him. Finally a giant hedgehog has taken to appearing at the back door every night so we’re feeding him up ready for his winter hibernation. My neighbour Jean-Paul tells me we should call the house “ Le Zoo des Anglais”!

With best wishes from me and all the animals!
Bon  Weekend,
Janine
Editor

How to speak French like a French person: What if you had a best friend in France? One who told you how French people really speak, not like a text book person, but a real French person. Geraldine Lepere is that friend – her free weekly videos are fun, quick to watch and teach you words and phrases that French people use every day…

Alsace River cruise: We take a slow cruise from Strasbourg on the rivers of Alsace. Beautiful towns and villages, picturesque cycle paths and rolling countryside aplenty as our reporter Reza Amirinia floats with CroisiEurope…

Six of the best – historic Paris restaurants: Authentic, timeless, classic Paris institutions – walk through the door of these legendary restaurants and the history is included in the price, and it may surprise you by howto learn just how inexpensive some of them are…

Great give away – pictures of rural France book by artist Perry Taylor: When British wit meets French joie de Vivre you get a fabulous marriage and this book of lovely drawings by artist Perry is the perfect representation of life in rural France. We have a copy up for grabs – just post on our Facebook timeline “Petites Gasonneries” (the name of the book) to go in the draw…

Deauville Photos: Deauville, the chic little seaside resort in Normandy, beloved of Parisians is picture perfect pretty…

Where do the French go on holiday in France? Our French reporter Yves Calmette reveals his favourite holiday destinations from Ile de Re, Cassis, Paris and more….

The history of the wines of Provence: Lyn Archer explores the history of wine in gorgeous Provence, from the ancient Greeks who settled there to the Romans and modern day Provence…

Coming up in France: Journées Européennes du Patrimoine – European Heritage Days: 20 and 21 September.  Hundreds of historical buildings, famous monuments, Government sites and places of interest – some of which are normally closed to the public, open their doors and welcome in visitors. It is a great opportunity to explore and find out more about some truly fantastic buildings in France and discover the heritage of France…

More events in September in France

One more thing…

As if you didn’t have enough reasons to come to France, Oliver’s Travels have put together this charming little video that gives you five good reasons to book one of their chateaux (as well as giving you a glimpse into what makes them tick too). Give it a watch! www.oliverstravels.com

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