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New Year (Jan+Feb) 2014 newsletter


In this newsletter, we share with you Sharon's recent trip to France for the Davis Cup plus
what is in stall for French desire for this year; have new places for sale and rent in France;
tell you about shopping tours in Paris and new French products you now can buy online as
well as the upcoming French film festival celebrating its 25th year anniversary; and, provide
a recipe for crepes as well as facts about pancake Tuesday/Mardi Gras on soon in France.

Joyeux noel
Sharon et David

PS: Felicitations to the six recipients of passes to the new movie below following our
facebook competition. If you don't already, 'like' us on facebook for future give-aways.

Sharon’s trip: Fanatics, un farce and French friends

The tennis, Davis Cup/Coupe Davis, was the main reason for my recent trip to France. While loving tennis and having Australia play France was justification enough for a visit, the fact that it was being held a half an hour away from our place in the Vendee in the west of France made it virtually impossible not to go.

After initially failing to obtain tickets to the match after already paying for a flight, the Fanatics came to my rescue with three days of play in courtside seats and the chance to jointly support Australia with them. It was well worth it – the French loved the Fanatics, so much so that they got a standing ovation at the end of the tournament, despite Australia’s loss. The French fans also supported their team brilliantly (even dressing up as musketeers) but there were no extra cheers for them, except from the Fanatics when they chanted the Marseillaise and pulled an enormous French flag down over themselves. Monfils even jived along before his serve when the Fanatics sang 'Lady Marmalade' (from Moulin Rouge) which jokingly mocked him but he appreciated the humour!

Even though the trip was only for a week, managed to also fit in a trip to the beach as well as a show and shopping in Paris; and, some rest time at our house and with our French friends in Pouzauges. More on these experiences in the next newsletter in March...


For more trip stories and photos see posts from late Jan/early Feb at

What's going to be new for French Desire in 2014?

As you will have seen already, our next property purchasing tour dates have been released: 22-26 September 2014 in our region in the west of France:
David would love to show you our region plus hands on what you need to know to buy property in France. One of our 2011 tour participants just recently purchased a property - this is what they said about the tour: 'It was a fantastic opportunity to really just absorb all of the information that you had to share with us. It made our decision to go ahead with our plans a very easy one to make'. So even if you haven't decided to buy, our tour can help in an enjoyable way.

We are also working on a series of what hopefully will be webinar/online workshops/home study guides to supplement our current online property guides.

Recently we have introduced a range of French gifts, souvenirs and homewares for sale on our site:
These are priced from $12.50 and postage is included.

Four new properties for sale in southwest France

Domeyrot: Located in a quiet, peaceful village is this recently renovated, 2-double bedroom, 2-bathroom, tri-level village house which has been used as a gite for holiday rentals ($500/week). Features include open fireplace, exposed beams, skylight and a quiet traffic-free front courtyard which overlooks the church and can be used for al-fresco dining. The Aussie owner has established this gite as a comfortable home-away-from home, with loads of added local charm. Price: 95,000 euro incl. furniture Detail/photos

Horse barn conversion that was completely renovated in 2012. Would make a lovely first home, rental or holiday lock up and leave. Unfortunately the owners need to sell as we have out grown their home with a new addition to their family! Situated in the heart of the Minervois region and surrounded by vineyards/ caves, the village sits on a river and is well equipped with most amenities. House features include one main bedroom on the middle level complete with internal balcony and shutters with a second bedroom in the attic with skylight. Price: 67,000 euro  Details/photos

Mezerville: Four bedroom charming villa with pool, land, terrace and beautiful views in between Toulouse and Carcassonne. The house has a covered terrace with views. The living room has a fireplace and french doors onto the patio and swimming pool.
Price: 260,000 euro  Details/photos

Sault de Navailles: Beautiful single-storey villa with pool. No traffic, no crime, good climate and the French way of life. This gorgeous architect-designed villa was built 10 years ago to a high standard. The main house has 2 bedrooms and the separate self-contained apartment has another 2. All the rooms look onto the terrace and the rolling hills beyond. Plenty of added features including a spectacular garden. Price: 390,000 euro   Details/photos


New apartments to rent in Ceret in the Languedoc

This property is divided into three apartments for holiday rentals in the town of Ceret at the foothills of the Pyrénées mountains, in southern France. It is located in the main boulevard in the historic centre of Ceret, beneath wonderful shady plane trees. On the first floor are apartments Market and Mountain Views and on the top floor is the third apartment, Rooftops View. The recently renovated apartments are all one bedroom (sleeping 2 people).

Rent: $550-700 a week.

Paris - new place to stay + shopping tour to go on

A new loft apartment for rent sleeps four and is located in the heart of Paris, close to Opéra, Palais Royal, Grands Boulevards, Louvre and Montmartre. The neighbourhood is safe and lively. The apartment building is a typical mid 19th Parisian building with a lift. Located on the 6th and top floor, this apartment was fully renovated last year so it is in great condition and all furniture and beds are brand new. It is very light and benefits from views. While the apartment is totally independent, the owners live next door and are happy to welcome and assist. Close to metro, shops, gare. Rental is only $180 a night or $1200 a week:

While in Paris, personal shopper Linda can take you on a shopping tour that gives you insider access, exclusive store discounts and an exciting way to experience Paris. Linda will also advise you on what styles and colours best suit you. Sightsee too while exploring fascinating neighbourhoods and unique boutiques. Become a Parisian shopping for a day!

Online French shop has beautiful regional products

is a niche French-Australian Company that represents small regional French producers of body, home and ambience products to the Australian market. All of the products are made in France, using local techniques and ingredients.

Their selection of merchandise embraces the history, culture and quality of France that only authentic French products can offer. They have authentic Savon de Marseille soaps and shower products, Provencal jacquard tableclothes and carry bags, to name a few.

Assidu supply Australian retail outlets offering an authentic French product range and also sell direct to the public through their online store available through:

Cannes winner out before our AF film festival starts

Last year's Palme d'Or winner was the controversial film 'Blue is the warmest colour' (La Vie d'Adele) which is now showing around Australia. The movie examines the same sex awakening of a secondary school student through her relationships over the following few years. It  has been described as 'passionate, heartbreaking, romantic, messy, and all-encompassing'. Please note the film is rated 'R'.
Read more about this film and see the movie trailer

Alliance Francaise celebrates 25 years of the French film festival in this country proudly bringing us the best new cinema from France. The Australian festival is not only the biggest film festival here, it is also the largest outside France. It runs most of March and April in capital cities plus, for its first time, in Byron Bay.

Cycling films are a feature plus plenty of romance and drama and a few notable actors including Juliette Binoche as troubled sculptress Camille Claudel.

For more details including a link to the films/bookings:

French recipe for pancakes (crepes and galettes)

While the French celebrate with pancakes on 2 February for Candlemas, you can make them for Shrove Tuesday here on 4 March. You can make:
- crepes or
- galettes

Facts about Mardi Gras/Pancake Tuesday in France

Mardi Gras is French for 'Fat Tuesday' which historically is the final feasting before the fasting of Lent, which begins the following day in the lead up to Easter. In other cultures this is pancake/Shrove Tuesday (4 March 2014). Read more about these at:

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