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What a week this has been! We decided to  hold a French photo competition and I thought we might get a few great photos… but I’ve been astounded to receive more than 150 fabulous photos from Francophiles all around the world!  I’ve decided it is much too hard to judge them so I would love it if you could be the judges via Facebook! I’ll post the photos with a little text about the subject matter and the photo with the most LIKES will be the winner. A cop out you say? Well maybe! But I know that everyone loves a great picture so I hope it’s a fun and fair way to do it!

Look out for the entries on Facebook in the coming weeks and LIKE to vote!
A bientôt
Janine, Editor

In this week’s France Newsletter:

Top 5 features this week:
1. La Chandeleur – not just any old pancake day – this is Pancake Day French style! Check out the strange legends that surround La Chandeleur and our great pancake recipes.
2. Occitania, the unknown part of France, a land of forbidden history and unsolved mysteries says author Anneke Koremans
3. Walking holidays in France are growing in popularity, a chance to get close to the landscape, meet people and for some, a life changing experience. We look at a pilgrimage walk from Le Puy en Velay to Conques with a lady who has led more than 100 pilgrimages.
4. Tours, Tales and Teamwork – we talk to a Dutch couple who fell in love with  the southern Languedoc region and set up a tour company and absolutely love to share their expertise.
5. Versailles to Chartres, a fabulous walk through secret France.

Don’t miss:
1. Experience the Paris sales like a local – Lisa Buros-Hutchins shares her secret sales tips in Paris
2. We talk to author Patricia Sands about her book The Promise of Provence
3. Expat story! British Florist wakes up and smells the roses every day in France! How to set up a floristry business in France.
4. Garlic Soup Recipe– apparently it can cure colds and is stronger than 2 commonly prescribed antibiotics. I had an adventure in a soup bowl once – garlic soup odyssey!
5. The dries and lows of the Marais Poitevain in the Vendée area of Poitou-Charente, Lucy Pitts explores this beautiful and lush area of marshland full of abbeys, chateaux and ancient villages.
6. Memories of a first holiday in France, author Jane Dunning recalls her first visit to France, one that started an enduring affair… with France.

French Photo Competition entries this week: And, this my friends is why it is so hard for me to judge the entries in our French photo competition!
Valentre Bridge, Cahors – amazing photograph of this ancient bridge with its towers and arches…
A street in Turenne – beautiful photograph of a cobbled stoned street in a unique village on top of a 3,200 m high hill…
Etretat cliffs, Normandy – sublime photograph of the legendary cliffs with their arches and “needle” in the sea where oysters were once reared for Queen Marie-Atoinette…
Vacqueyras wine growing village near Chateauneuf du Pape and a wonderful photograph of a cat dozing in a stunning courtyard…

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