Bonjour! I hope that you simply and yours are properly.
Spring is in full swing right here in France, wisteria is blooming all over the place, from Paris streets to Claude Monet’s backyard in Giverny, from Strasbourg to Cannes, in gardens and parks, alongside gates and hedges, over bridges and historical buildings. There’s nothing that claims spring fairly like a little bit of wisteria hysteria in France!
My job – which I really feel really privileged and blessed to have – is principally to discover France! I goal to put in writing about and share with you the key locations, the well-known locations, meals, wine, historical past and tradition and extra. My journey yr began within the spring, and to this point I’ve been to Burgundy, Beaujolais, Marseille and Cassis. Final week I used to be in Toulouse and the Ariège area – a most secret a part of France – and I stayed on the wonderful Chateau de Gudanes the place I’ve to let you know I’ve left somewhat little bit of my coronary heart. It’s like a fairy story citadel come to life, albeit with an enormous quantity of dedication and really, very laborious work by Karina Waters and her household who’re preserving and restoring it (you possibly can see some pictures right here on Instagram, and hearken to my podcast interview with Karina right here).
Subsequent week I’m off to analysis a number of the medieval and historic wonders of France – Paris, Fontainebleau, Provins – a medieval jewel of a village, Barbizon and Sens in Burgundy. After which I’m off to Rouen for the extraordinary Armada occasion that takes place solely each 4 years with tall ships from around the globe docking in historic Rouen (8-18 June 2023). I’ll even be sleeping aboard a tall ship for an evening! I’ve had loads of requests from individuals wanting to affix me on this journey – properly you possibly can – on Instagram!
In between travelling I’m serving to Bread Man, he delivers the bread to my village, he not manufactured from it, with a brand new cake recipe. Extra to return on that one, I take my tasting duties very significantly! Watch this house for a really particular recipe.
Wishing you a really bon weekend from somewhat nook of rural northern France from me and my canines, cats, chickens, geese and geese!
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Bisous from my little nook of France,
Janine Marsh is Creator of My Good Life in France: In Pursuit of the Rural Dream, My 4 Seasons in France: A Yr of the Good Life and Toujours la France: Dwelling the Dream in Rural France all obtainable as book, print & audio, on Amazon all over the place & all good bookshops on-line.
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