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The Good Life France Newsletter August 2013 (1)

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Bonjour to you all from sunny northern France where I live and work – a big welcome to all our new subscribers and thank you all for signing up to our weekly newsletter.

This week we bring you two really great interviews:

Raymond Blanc Interview – the French Chef who is the most popular in the UK. He talks about the early days and life for a French Chef in Britain – a very entertaining chat indeed!

Ian Moore Interview – Top British stand-up comedian Ian moved to France for a peaceful life – what he got was a dose of reality! We reviewed his funny book A la Mod: My So-called Tranquil Family Life in France and talked to him about life in France for a Mod!

Regions of France – This week we looked at:

Lavender Country in Provence: Linda Matthieu who lived there for seven years tells us her favourite places to visit in Provence.

Aix-en-Provence – Quintessential France: Sue Aitken knows all the best places to go in this lovely place often called the city of a thousand fountains.

Nice – a nice place to retire: Says Margo Lestz from the US who has done just that and loves the cosmopolitan city in the sun, she also told us about the Sun Fountain in Nice.

Vezelay in Burgundy: Our Paris Correspondent Alecia Caine visited Burgundy by car and stopped off in the lovely town of Burgundy.

I’ve been studying history! I knew next to nothing about The Hundred Years War between France and England in the 14th and 15th Centuries so I took a tour of some famous battlefields with a brilliant guide (I also learned about Captain Matthew Latham – the REAL Sharpe)

The Battlefield of Agincourt

The Battlefield of Crecy

Les Misèrables – Victor Hugo’s famous story of morals and love, you may have read the book, many have seen the film… I went to see a son et lumière performance by hundreds of the townsfolk on the ramparts of the Citadelle of Montreuil-sur-Mer, the town which inspired the story – absolutely wonderful!

24 hours in Lille – It doesn’t seem like a long time does it BUT I spent 24 hours in Lille and filled every minute of it with fun and things to do (check out my little vignette video in this post!)…

And if it doesn’t seem like I’ve been busy enough to you I’ve also had to contend with naughty chickens and ducks escaping and leading me a merry dance – More Fowl Play in My Garden!

We’ve got lots and lots of fabulous features coming up next week – expat interviews, celebrity interviews, places to visit and much more. Don’t forget we have a whole lot of useful daily life articles from TV in France, healthcare, education, driving – everything you need to know about life in France and if we don’t have the information you want to know about it – just tell me (via our contact form, facebook or Twitter).

With best wishes
Editor – Rédacteur en Chef




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