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Aug & Sept 2013 newsletter


In this newsletter, we share with you our favourite Paris ponts; have new places for sale
and rent in France; tell you about an upcoming French play (+ win tickets via facebook);
and, provide a recipe for French nougat as well as facts about markets around France.

A la prochaine
Sharon et David

PS: This newsletter covers two months as we run our tour in September - if you might like
to come in the future, let us know as we will start planning the next tour after this one ends.

Our pick of the ponts (and/or passerelles) of Paris

Paris has 37 bridges over the Seine – all are special mainly because of the views you get of this beautiful city but these are some of our picks...

Almost everyone’s favourite bridge is Pont Alexandre III named after the Russian Tsar. This is the bridge that connects the Grand and Petit Palais to the Invalides. It is the most ornate featuring art nouveau lamps and gold plating along with statues of cherubs, nymphs, winged horses and lions, all of which make great photos with the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop.

The Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in Paris despite its title suggesting otherwise. It was named the New Bridge at the time in the 16th century to distinguish it from older bridges that were lined on both sides with houses. It runs through the Ile de la Cite.

You can get a nice view of the Pont Neuf from the Pont des Arts (or Passerelle des Arts which is also one of the 49 Paris pedestrian bridges or passerelles pietonnieres). It links to the Palais du Louvre, formally called the Palais des Arts. The Pont des Arts was Paris’ first metal bridge originally built in the early 1800’s but rebuilt in the 1980’s. The bridge serves as a studio for artists, picnic spot and in recent years a place for lovers to attach padlocks, then throw the key into the river below as a romantic gesture representing the couple's commitment. The Paris city council is not overly keen on this and was suspected of removing the locks in 2010 but it was later discovered that they were taken to be used in a sculpture by an art student. After this, the locks began appearing close by on the Pont de l'Archeveche which is Paris’ narrowest road bridge linking the 4e and 5e arrondissements at the Île de la Cite and providing a nice view of Notre Dame.

The Pont de l'Alma (in the Crimean Battle of Alma, France and Britain defeated the Russians) isn’t a notably bridge but the gold leaf Flamme de la Liberte (replica of the Statue of Liberty flame) on its right bank side has become a tribute to Princess Diana who died in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel underneath. West of this bridge is the Pont d’Iena which links the Trocadero to the Eiffel Tower/Champ de Mars and the Pont Bir Hakeim which the metro traverses to get to the Eiffel Tower and gives a great view of it.


Special low season price on Paris studio apartment

This Latin quarter apartment sleeping up to 4 with exposed timber beams and fireplace is offering the price of $1199 for any weeks rented during November, January and February, price includes wireless internet.


Converted barn for sale/reduced in the south west

This Australian owned house is a converted 300 yo barn in the small village of Saint Barthelemy in Lot-et-Garonne situated in a beautiful farming area with broad valleys, hilltop villages and sunflower fields. It is an hour from Bordeaux and a half hour from Bergerac.

The barn has two-stories, three large bedrooms, one with ensuite, a terrace overlooking a small garden and one of the village's commons with its horse-chestnut trees. All of the hard renovation work has been done. The furniture can also be purchased from the owner.

Price: Reduced from 150,000 to 120,000 euro.


Hip but affordable chalet style hotel in Chamonix

This Aussie owned chalet style hotel has a glowing and rapidly growing international reputation as the place to stay in Chamonix. Here you can experience the very best activities the Alps can offer with unique service, quality restaurant and outstanding entertainment. The hotel has twenty-one rooms (capacity 1-4 people), all with en-suites, LCD televisions and free WiFi internet. Superior rooms have stunning views of Mont Blanc.
The Chamonix resort has four major ski areas close to town. Access to the pistes is easy with either free bus and train from directly outside the hotel or by booking the hotel's transfer service. In summer there are also plenty of mountain activities. Rooms from $65 a night.

Next MFT company's French play early September

The Melbourne French Theatre company presents Funny Money, the third in its trilogy - this one is set in a Paris suburb where a mild mannered accountant's life is turned upside down when he picks up at the railway station a briefcase containing an enormous amount of cash. It is touted as being a brilliant play of comic mayhem, lies and hapless misunderstanding.
Sounds very entertaining doesn't it and there are English subtitles at the show, so why not book your seats now for one of the 3-7 September sessions:

We have a free double pass to give away through facebook next week, so like us if you don't already.


Recipe for French nougat

Soft white French nougat made with beaten egg whites is dreamy - you can add whatever you like to the mix: almonds, pistachios, dried cranberries, cherries etc.


Facts about traditional local markets in France

French covered and open air markets have a long history in all towns in France. All sell local produce plus an array of other products. There are also some very famous and special types of markets, for more:


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