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August 2010 newsletter


In this newsletter, we tell you about the amazing history theme park in our area (on Getaway)
and a new French movie and play soon on, have new places in France and artwork for sale
plus another Languedoc property to rent, give you a recipe for a famous salad and facts about
French literary figures/works as well as having a competition to win two Victor Hugo classics.

A la prochaine
Sharon et David

Driving Burgundy's food and wine trail

Amazing French historical theme park in our region

This historical theme park is one of the most amazing places I have ever been to and is like nothing I have seen before - it beats Eurodisney hands down, despite coming second to this US export in terms of most visited theme parks in France (1.5 million visitors a year). The park attracts mainly the French and is little known outside France but they have translation headsets for key shows.

There are over a dozen shows running each at their own venue at multiple times during the day between May and Oct. The large and spectacular performances include:

- Secret of the Lance set in front of a medieval castle
- Vikings with plenty of special effects and fireballs
- Gladiators in an amphitheatre with slaves, lions, chariots
- Phantom birds dance with falcons swooping very close
- Richelieu's musketeers with their swash-buckling fights.

The evening Cinescenie show takes place on the largest stage in the world with thousands of actors and hundreds of horses and fireworks telling the story of the history of the area. Most of the participants are volunteers - many of the locals from our village have been a part of this special event at some stage and are very proud of it.  

For photos of these and all the other shows, click here.

See more at Le Puy du Fou's website:

Le Puy du Fou features heavily in the Tour de France. Why not stay at our Pouzauges house nearby for the race and/or go see the shows - our place is only ten minutes drive away from the theme park:


Le Puy du Fou will be featured on the Channel 9 show Getaway this Thursday night - watch out for it.

One of last week's segments on Getaway was on Burgundy, click here to see them.

New paintings for sale by Jacqueline Sherwood

Jacqueline has been travelling round Europe but will soon be back in France. In preparation, she has been collating her French works before she comes back to paint many more beautiful scenes in France. As a result, our online gallery of Jacqueline's works has recently been updated, so be sure to check out these paintings. They feature cafes (Cafe de France at Isle sur la Sorgue and one on the Ile St Louis in Paris) as well as her very popular poppies and sunflowers - be quick so you don't miss out on the opportunity to own one of Jacqueline's once-off original  artworks (from only $90 AUD including delivery): also has listings for suppliers of French art, homewares and gifts around the country. 


Two great new properties for sale by our members

An Australian artist is regretfully selling her 2 in 1 place plus land in the Lot. This well maintained holiday home (one bedroom apartment and two bedroom cottage) with a sizable flat garden and great views has an existing search-optimised website and clientele for holiday rental with potential for more than the current 50% occupancy and reliable property management arrangements in place - so you will be ready to hit the ground running after purchase. Price is 190-210,000 euro. For more details, click here.

Another one of our members is selling his village house in Aude in the Languedoc, 20 minutes from Carcassonne. This practical 17th century house has just been totally renovated from head to toe. It is situated in the heart of the village (Trausse Minervois) with two bedrooms and on-suite bathrooms, open plan kitchen/dining/lounge. This is a perfect vacation property or permanent base ready to move into with 20 to 30 weeks a year holiday booking potential as well (rough income of 7,500€ ). The price is 90,000 euro which has recently been reduced from 99,000 euro. For more details on this place, click here.  

New rental in historic circulade Languedoc village 

Le Rêve is surrounded by the picturesque vineyards of the Languedoc wine region. With easy access to the Mediterranean, the mountains, medieval villages and the tranquil Canal du Midi, Le Rêve is an excellent holiday base to explore and experience all that the diverse Languedoc-Roussillon region has to offer. Le Rêve has been recently renovated and is ideal both in size and budget. It has a fabulous roof terrace with views over the village and a separate garage for easy off-street parking. At Le Rêve you have all the comforts of home including two bikes to enjoy the surrounds with. There are two bedrooms, one with a balcony, which can accommodate up to four people very comfortably. The weekly rental is $875. For more information on renting this property go to:

New French movie and play showing late August

The movie Father of my Children starts on 26 August -winner Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. It is a profoundly moving film of love, joy, sadness and hope. View the movie trailer at

Also, Melbourne's French Theatre Company is running its next play L'Emmerdeur (A Pain in the @*!) from 24 to 28 August (with English subtitles): click here for more detail.


Recipe for salade nicoise

The famous French salad from Nice containing tuna, olives, eggs, beans, tomatoes and anchovies: 


French facts: French literary figures and their works

French literary figures have been responsible for many great works, some of which you may not realise are French. Also, go into the draw to win one of Victor Hugo's classics by simply clicking on the link below:


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