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April 2010 newsletter


In this newsletter, we feature and have facts about the links between Australians and the
French due to WWI and have a red poppy painting of Jacqueline's for sale to remember
the fallen in France for ANZAC day; update you on Bob and Gareth the builders' renovation
work; tell you about another newly released French movie  from the recent FFF as well as
giving you a recipe for vichyssoise, which is not exactly as French as you might first think.

A la prochaine
Sharon et David

PS: Be quick - only 3 out of 20 seats left now on our tour of southwest France 21-25 June.
Click on the link to see a video presentation of what to expect on the tour.

For ANZAC Day we remember the fallen in France

Almost a century after the battle of Fromelles during WW1, the remains of over 200 ANZAC troops have been discovered. They are currently being identified through DNA testing and will be recognised in a cemetery being constructed on this site, the first new one in 50 years.

This discovery is not the only recent link between Australia and France. Victoria and Villers-Bretonneux have been connected since WW1. Schoolchildren from this French village raised funds to send to those impacted by the Black Saturday bushfires last year.

Read more about both of these stories above at:

France at Leisure takes tour groups each year to the French battlefields for ANZAC day celebrations - don't forget the specials on travel insurance, car leasing and accommodation F@L offers French desire members.

Le Somme and Flanders fields are only a few hours drive from Paris where you can stay at our apartment:  
For everything French in Oz:


Renovation experts for your maison en France  

Bob and Gareth the builders have expanded their services and now specialise in property renovations throughout France. They offer building services, renovation consultancy and project management expertise to clients.  With a fully equipped and registered workforce, they now  take on all aspects of building and renovation work. Previously they have built new roofs for clients, fitted new kitchens and bathrooms and have done all aspects of exterior building work. Now they do complete renovations for clients offering a high standard of work for a competitive price, specialising in retaining the original charm of historic French homes - all of their work comes with a full ten year guarantee.

To see some examples of Bob and Gareth's previous work, from total renovations, barn conversions to cottage refurbishments, go to: bob_and_gareths_property_work

If you are interested in Bob and Gareth doing work for you, now or in the future, email us and we can give you more information and/or put you in contact with them.


Also missed this one at the FFF? Coco and Igor...
Coco and Igor brings together the making of Chanel no.5 and the passionate love affair between two artistic icons of the 20th century, pioneering French fashion designer Coco Chanel and the great Russian composer Igor Stravinsky. The movie was chosen as the Official Selection to close the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. Set in Paris in 1920, Coco welcomes Igor and his family to her villa after the Russian Revolution so Igor can continue to compose and from there the romantic liaison begins. Review quotes include 'eye-catching, luxurious' and 'an impressive combo of sight and sound'. Coco and Igor is currently showing at cinemas around the country.

Jacqueline's red poppies painting for ANZAC day
Red poppies flourished on the French battlefields and are a symbol of our ANZAC's sacrifice, with poppies placed at memorials and on honour boards around the country on ANZAC Day. Have your own tribute to our fallen in France with Jacqueline's latest poppy painting, for sale for 10% off til ANZAC Day (only $85) from our online shop where you will also find her other works.

Recipe for vichyssoise potato and leek cream soup

The French sounding soup which did not originate in France but in the New York Ritz-Carlton hotel in the early 1900's - a French chef from Vichy did create it:


about Australians fighting WWI in France

Many Aussie lives were lost on the battlefields of The  Somme and Flanders Fields but also many links with France that would last forever were formed during WWI:

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