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August 2012 newsletter



In this newsletter, we share with you our recent facebook posts; have new places for rent
and for sale in France; tell you about the latest Melboure French theatre's preduction; and,
provide a chicken provencale recipe plus facts about French holidays and a fete calendar.

A la prochaine
Sharon et David

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Recent French activity on our facebook page

Not all members follow us on facebook so miss many French activity updates during the month.
There have been some interesting recent posts (you can read here, even if you are not a facebook fan):

- photos like the Gordes abbey lavendar fields, Mt St Michel, Lyon, Pau, heatwave in Paris and ISLS's August floating marche and antique fair

- links to articles about:
- public transport ads to make Parisians less rude
- Fromelles' link with Australia (French article)
- Paris Ritz closing for renovations
- Jane Fonda starring in latest French film
- Brangelina's chateau for anticipated wedding

- Sylvie Boisel singing 'I still call Australia home' in French on her debut CD 'Amore' (final track) and Les Miserables movie coming out with Aussie stars.

Read more posts plus what people liked and commented on:
If you aren't following us already to keep up with French happenings, like us on facebook today.

New properties in France for rent by the night

La Kallisté is a stunning property in the Luberon, Provence, surrounded by forest, terraces, vines and poppies to enjoy the tranquillity of nature in luxury. Sounds of cicadas chirping and birds singing permeate the air, smells of lavender and pine awaken the senses, as you lie beside the pool or dine under the trees. The apartment for rent is attached, but independent to, the main house, with a bathroom, kitchen, living room and mezzanine bedroom. The sofa opens into another double bed, sleeping 4 in total. Rent $95 a night from Aussies in the main house who will warmly welcome you:

More detail and gorgeous photos now on our site for the luxurious but affordable Pyrenees chateau B&B near Pau mentioned in last month's newsletter. Rent from only $75 per ensuited room per night:

New and reduced French properties for sale

This property is on a 1 hectare farm with a large shared inground pool in a hamlet near the Bayonne/Biarritz coast in the Basque region near Spain. It consists of nine 2-3 bedroom/1-2 bathroom apartments each with its own outdoor terrace or balcony divided between two renovated 19th century buildings. Apartment price range 106,000-148,400 euro which includes some furniture. Apartments rent in the summer for 1000 euro/week. There is also a separate barn on the grounds which could be converted into a separate 3 bedrooms/2 bathroom house, for sale for 53,000 euros:

Speculation abounds in France at present about the economy and property prices. Reference to this is in three new articles added to our platine site (for those with our workbook) which refer to the rise in time to sell properties and drop in the house prices. The prices of a number of our places for sale have decreased in recent times for good buying:
- Normandy cottage reduced from 137 to 119k euro
- many Midi Pyrenees places reduced by 10-20%: eg. Gers to 155k; St Clar to 129,600; Aubin to 83k.


MFT's latest French play 'Don Juan on Trial'

'La nuit de Valognes', written by France's most successful contemporary playwright, is set in a crumbling chateau in remotest Normandy – the Duchess mysteriously calls together a number of women for a special soiree. All are strangers with one uniting thread – Don Juan! A night of bitter-sweet revenge, drama and surprise on 4-8 Sept in Melbourne. In French with English subtitles:

Recipe for poulet (chicken) a la provencale 

Classic Provence flavours with herbs, olive oil, tomato and black olives combine in this recipe prepared using a baked, not fried, method:

Facts about French fetes and festivals

Summer is the time when the French take holidays and many festivals take place - there have been two on already this month in our Provence town of Isle sur la Sorgue (floating marche and an antique fair).

See facts about French holidays and a monthly calendar of major festivals/fetes in France.

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