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Newsletter from France July 2016


Bonjour – welcome to July!

June was a crazy month for me, I went to Lens in northern France to watch the England/Wales match, my first football match ever. What a lovely town it is, such friendly people and there are some brilliant bars and cafés there, and of course the magnificent Louvre Lens, a branch of the Paris Museum. I spent a week in the Loire Valley and visited all sorts of fabulous places from wine cellars to Chateaux, mushroom caves, donkey walking and a balloon ride plus loads more. I went to the Chateau Vaux le Vicomte just outside Paris and climbed up onto the roof. My next trip is to Annecy in 10 days time. As you may know, I often turn my Facebook page over to “your photos” and I was inspired to visit this town in the Haute-Savoie area by the gorgeous pictures posted on there!

Meanwhile chez moi, several ducklings were born, and a big thank you to everyone who suggested names for my two orphaned summer ducklings (from last week’s post!), so many great ideas, it was a struggle to choose!

Here are just a few sent in: Monet and Rembrandt (Kathryn Cross), Hansel and Gretel (Sylvia Cowderoy), Summer and l’Ete (Suzanne Hurst), Sunflower and Citron (Jane Dunning), Lunch and Dinner (Terry Marsh – who is joking!). The winner (chosen by the youngest member of my family) was Susan Witten who suggested Tweety Pie (the little one) and Darcey (after the ballerina Darcey Bussell, for the taller, graceful bird).

And, my one eyed cat Hank Marvin He’s Always Starvin’ finally stood up to the meanest cat in the village, he stared it down which gave it such a surprise it ran off.

People often say, Janine, you are so busy how do you do it? But you know, I find France a hugely inspiring place to live, work and play, and I highly recommend it. If you want practical advice on where to live, buying property, currency issues, financial advice about moving to France, particularly in view of the recent Brexit vote, feel free to contact me and I or one of the experts who work with me will happily email you back.

This week there’s loads to satisfy your French fancies so please check out the latest, greatest posts on the website.

Wishing you a very bon weekend,
Bisous from France

New on the website this week:

The French Riviera beckons: Sunshine, beautiful warm sea water, the feel of silky sand through your toes, medieval villages, fabulous cuisine and wine – this area of France has it all..

Tour de France 2016: The world’s most challenging sporting event (probably!) is no walk in the park! The 3535km route, facts and figures…

French expressions we use in English but that don’t mean the same in French! 

Jean Cocteau on the French Riviera: The legacy of the extraordinary avant-garde artist can be seen in several places on the French Riviera and if you’re a fan – here are the top must-sees…

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