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November/December (Xmas) 2013 newsletter

Bonjour

In this newsletter, we share with you data on how happy the French really are; have new places for sale and rent in France; tell you about Christmas French happenings here and a new French film with the opportunity to receive a free double pass to go along to see it; and, provide facts about Christmas in France including a 13 Xmas dessert treat tradition.

Joyeux noel
Sharon et David

PS: While waiting for the next newsletter in the new year, why not follow us on facebook.



France makes us happy but are the French happy?

GLOBECO produces a world happiness index to measure happiness per country. The index measures indicators including security, democracy, human rights, living standards, information/education/culture. Results from the 2013 index have recently been released.

Australia was rated the 7th happiest country in the world and France was 14th, dropping 3 spots from 2012. Within France itself, there are variations between regions. The three happiest regions were: Ile de France (with Paris), Rhone-Alpes (with skiing) and the Pays de la Loire (where our house is, with the region scoring highest on economic factors). The three least happy regions were all in France's north east.

Despite French happiness declining, more people (80+ million) happily visit France each year than any other country in the world, including now one million+ Australians (same as growing Chinese visitor numbers).





New places for sale in Provence and the Pyrenees

This modern 3 bedroom house (100m2) is situated in Provence on the Riviera. It is 5 km from the main TGV railway station (Les Arcs/Draguignan), 25 km from the sea and 35 km from St Tropez. Located in a quiet quarter, directly facing a tree-filled green space, the house is 12 minutes (by foot) from the centre of the pleasant Provencal town of Vidauban. The house is solid brick and in excellent condition. There is a 'summer' kitchen/dining area with BBQ and sink on the deck overlooking the back yard. Price 275,000 euro.

Read the Sydney owner's beautiful story about her time in Provence and this house

Property details at: www.frenchdesire.com.au/french-property/places/paca/les-arcs/


Sarah has two new Midi-Pyrenees places of interest:
- a 16th century village house with 3 bedrooms, walled courtyard and garage, in the centre of a pretty village on the pilgrims route to Spain, price 165,000 euro
- a grand stone townhouse split into 5 rentable living areas in the spa town of Lectoure, price 330,000 euro.




A new property to rent in the southern ville of Ceret

This classic apartment is situated in the centre of the gorgeous village of Ceret at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains in southern France. The Australian owners have renovated the apartment in order to provide comfort and convenience yet maintaining the typical French character. The apartment occupies the entire 3rd floor of this 250 year old French home with two king sized bedrooms plus ensuites, large living and modern kitchen with dishwasher. It boasts gorgeous southern views over the mountains to the rear of the building while both bedrooms overlook the main boulevard of this beautiful village. Every Saturday morning the market happens right outside the front door. FREE high speed Wifi, UK Sky Satellite TV and calls to Australia. Rent from $700 a week.

http://www.frenchdesire.com.au/rental/ceret





French activities on in the lead up to Christmas


ON MY WAY is a film starring the famous French film diva Catherine Deneuve. Jilted by her lover, she is left to deal with the financial problems facing her family's restaurant. She gets in her car to go for a drive round the block to get away from it all but the journey turns out not like she had planned and opens new horizons.

The movie is in cinemas here from 28 November.
http://www.umbrellaent.com.au/movie/onmyway


If you missed our earlier facebook post, we still have some free double passes left to the movie for those who buy a product from our online shop or book our properties or our members places for rent in France.


Alliance Francaise are holding French Xmas markets in most capital cities in the lead up to Christmas. Brisbane's is on Sat 21 Dec - Sharon will be there to sign and sell her her book. For all market details:

http://www.frenchaustralia.com.au/event/results.php?month=201312&this_date=20131201


13 desserts of Xmas (Les Treize Desserts de Noel)

In the south east of France, a tradition is laying out 13 desserts (to represent Christ and his 12 apostles) on Christmas Eve through to a few days after. Desserts consist of fruit, nuts and sweets including Yule Log:

http://www.frenchdesire.com.au/recipes/yule_log/


Facts about Christmas time (Noel) in France

Christmas is a special time in France with lots of time honoured traditions. There are the fabulous markets in the lead up, then many special activities on the day:

http://www.frenchdesire.com.au/facts/christmas/


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