5 fabulous Christmas markets in the French Alps
The Good Life France Magazine
by The Good Life France
15h ago
Can there be anywhere more magical than the snowy French Alps at Christmas? We think not! There’s a ton of choice for festive Christmas markets but we’ve picked our top 5, plus where to stay to make the most of your magical time in the French mountains… Annecy Nicknamed the “Venice of the Alps” Annecy – a year-round delight – positively sparkles in winter and its Christmas Market is irresistibly enchanting. There are 80 pop-up chalets where artisans offer a range of handmade goods, and local produce. There’s an open air ice skating rink, concerts and cribs, plus seriously tempting food stall ..read more
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The Treasures of Arles in southern France
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by Guest writer
4d ago
Listed by UNESCO for its architectural heritage, Arles offers an irresistible Mediterranean lifestyle at the gateway to France’s largest wetland.  Gillian Thornton let herself go with the flow… There are many good reasons why I would love to live in Arles. The warm Provençal sunshine. That enviable Mediterranean lifestyle. And the irresistible buzz of art and architecture from ancient times to the present day. But there’s another reason. I’d really love to ask friends to ‘Meet me by the Roman Theatre at midday’ or ‘Catch up outside the Arena at 7 tonight’. Not many places can boast such ..read more
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The UNESCO listed treasures of Burgundy
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by Janine Marsh
5d ago
The region of Burgundy-Franche-Comté boasts traditional French gastronomy and world class vineyards as well as castles, majestic churches and charming villages. It also shares first place with the region of Occitania (Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrénées) for the highest number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites… Burgundy’s UNESCO World Heritage sites The Climats du Vignoble de Bourgogne Awarded UNESCO World Heritage List status in 2015, the Climats du vignoble de Bourgogne (Burgundy) vineyards are recognised as a “cultural landscape.” They embody “the combined works of nature and man and express ..read more
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Tarte Alsacienne | Apple tart with brandy
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by Janine Marsh
5d ago
Tarte Alsacienne is a super easy apple tart recipe that’s traditional in Alsace and features a drop of rum for extra flavour. Tarte Alsacienne for 6 1 packet shortcrust pastry (about 320g) 1 kg Apples (3-4 apples) 2 eggs 120g caster (powder) Sugar 200ml fresh cream Few drops of vanilla essence (optional) 1 cap brandy (rum or cognac will also work) Preheat the oven to 180°C. Roll out the dough and line a buttered and floured cake tin. Prick the pastry with a fork. Peel the apples and cut them into slices. Arrange them in a circle on the pastry. Mix the eggs with the sugar, cream, rum and vanil ..read more
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How to save money on your currency transfers to France
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by The Good Life France
6d ago
The currency market moves about from day to day, sometimes up, sometimes down. But when you’re looking at paying the deposit on your dream house in France or needing to send funds to pay bills or for things like building work – the last thing you need is more stress and uncertainty not knowing which way the currency wind blows. And that’s where a foreign exchange money transfer company can really help you to save money on your currency transfers to France. What are foreign currency money transfers all about? Most of us don’t know the ins and outs of foreign exchange, we don’t need to. But we ..read more
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The Good Life France Magazine – Winter 2022 issue
The Good Life France Magazine
by Janine Marsh
1w ago
Bonjour and bienvenue to The Good Life France Magazine Winter 2022: The Good Life France Magazine Winter 2022 Totally free to read, subscribe and share, the magazine is a real treat –  brimming with fabulous features, dazzling destinations, fantastic photos, scrumptious recipes and great give-aways. Fabulous destinations and Scrumptious recipes Dive right in to discover some of France’s most magical winter wonderland destinations from the French Alps to the French Riviera and fairy-tale Alsace. If you’re a lover of bûche de Noël, the famous French Christmas yule log cake, you’ll love rea ..read more
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The Good Life France Magazine Winter 2022
The Good Life France Magazine
by Janine Marsh
1w ago
Welcome to The Good Life France Winter 2022 magazine, a truly beautiful issue filled with fabulous photos and brimming with inspiring features – stunning destinations, mouth-watering recipes, guides, giveaways and more. The Good Life France Magazine is free to read, subscribe and share. Bringing France to you wherever you are: The Good Life France Magazine Winter 2022 Stunning destinations… In this issue we whisk you off to the winter wonderlands of the French Alps, Nice and fairy tale Alsace. Discover picture postcard pretty Antibes’ best kept secret (until now!) – the annual event which see ..read more
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The Alabaster Coast of Normandy
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by Guest writer
1w ago
The Alabaster Coast of Normandy in northern France made a big impact on the Impressionist painters. Gillian Thornton took a scenic coastal drive to find out why. Stretching from Le Tréport in the north to Le Havre in the south, the dramatic coastline of Seine-Maritime earns its name – the Côte d’Albâtre – from the towering white chalk cliffs that dominate the undulating shoreline. The Impressionists loved a chalk cliff so as a big fan of their work, I’ve come to see for myself the landscapes they loved. Le Treport Heading down by car from Calais, I cross from the Hauts-de-France region into ..read more
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Walking the Camino de Santiago – Podcast
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by Janine Marsh
1w ago
We chat to artist Perry Taylor who walked 900km of the Camino, from France to Spain, in six weeks. Famous for his humorous drawings of life in France, he put down his paintbrush and pens and walked the equivalent of a marathon every day for weeks on end despite extreme heat and painful blisters. Along the route he  made new friends and says he couldn’t help but weep over the stories of some of the people he met walking the pilgrims route. In the end, and unexpectedly, for Perry it was a profound and life-changing journey. Something he hadn’t expected at all when he decided pretty much o ..read more
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Christmas Shopping in Calais
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by The Good Life France
2w ago
Head to Calais in northern France for a spot of Christmas shopping and make great savings on wine and spirits and stock up on fabulous French Christmas goodies. While you’re there enjoy the Christmas lights a festive Christmas market, and maybe even take a ride on the back of a dragon! Yule love your Grape Escape! Great Christmas shopping savings on wines and spirits in Calais Wine store Calais Vins near Calais Port and Olivier Vins & Cie (formerly Franglais Wine) near Eurotunnel’s terminal, are all set to help British visitors choose the perfect wines for Christmas. And they offer great ..read more
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