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July 2011 newsletter


In this newsletter, we share the final part of our series on our recent trip to France, this part about
northern places we visited; have a Paris apartment for you to rent, new paintings and a store to
buy French fabric products; remind you about Bastille Day Thursday and Australian events for it;
tell you about a new French movie starring Audrey Tautou; and, provide recipes of meals served
at a famous Paris bistrot from our trip and as well as French food facts including Michelin stars.


A bientot
Sharon et David

PS: More on property purchasing next month, until then see Montcuq cottage 25% price drop!



Our recent French trip: new North villages, vistas, visits

We saw so many new places this trip, and even at some spots we had been before we found many wonderful new sites or activities - in the north just like the southeast.

There was the the Western front battlefield towns indebted to the Allieds/Aussies but with their own unique features like the flemish market square in Arras where nearby we discovered a new underground memorial. Along the way there were again surprises like being shown a WWI German backyard bunker and finding another French school and museum dedicated to Oz.

We also ate at the same cafe Angelina burnt her letter at in 'The Tourist' and same bistrot Jack Nicholson ate at with Diane Keaton in the movie 'Something's Gotta Give'.

More on, including photos of, these places in the North:

As you will have read, poppies were a feature of our trip as they are all over France that time of year (especially around the battlefields) - we have just added more of Jackie's poppy and other (Languedoc and Paris) paintings to our online shop to remind you of France, from just $95.

Charming Paris studio apartment in Latin QTR to rent

Charming studio apartment in Rue Descartes, in the heart of the famous Rue Mouffetard area in the 5th arrondissement. A calm and light haven on the 4th floor with views to France's most prestigious school Lycee Henri IV and the Pantheon on one side and the Parisian roofs off the peaceful courtyard on the other side. This studio exudes the charm of historical Paris with its exposed timber beams and fireplace but has also recently be refurbished with all the modern conveniences including wireless internet, flat screen TV with international channels, ipod/phone doc. Near to metros, RER and the Seine. The apartment, with loft, sleeps up to 4 people and has a fully equipped modern kitchen.

Rent is $1250 a week (for 2). Be quick to book in as the apartment has only recently started to be let and bookings are filling up quickly for 2011. For more detail go to:

Beautiful Lies: beautiful film and beautiful actress

The new French movie Beautiful Lies stars Audrey Tautou playing a hairdressing shop owner who attempts to cheer her mother up after her divorce but ends up setting her up with a tradesman who is secretly in love with Audrey's character, Emilie (not to be confused with Amelie!). I was lucky to have seen it on an Air France flight this year - it is a fresh and funny romantic comedy that you will enjoy.

The film is being released nationally on 21st July.

To see a trailer of the Beautiful Lies film, go to:

Brisbane French Festival

frenchAUSTRALIA: Bastille Day events+French fabrics

frenchAUSTRALIA has many French events being held around France's national day on 14 July. The biggest and best event will be the Brisbane French Festival (last year over 50,000 people attended) on 16 July with 11 hours of non stop entertainment, over 60 stalls and free entry all day.
Go to frenchAUSTRALIA for Bastille Day events in July.

frenchAUSTRALIA also lists stores, including online shops, that sell beautiful French products: one of these is Olivades. Their fabrics are designed and manufactured in the heart of Provence. Not only is there the spirit of the past in designs but also a new direction for contemporary interiors. Over 300 fabric designs are on display as well as table linens, cushions and fashion items/gifts made from these famous French fabrics. Go to Olivades' listing for a link to their online shop and/or directions to their Sydney store.

frenchAUSTRALIA: Australia's guide to all things French

Recipes from the menu of Le Grand Colbert we ate at

The menu of this famous Paris bistrot has as much history as it (opened in 1900), its name sake (Louis XIV's Minister Colbert) and the Galeries Colbert/Vivienne next door. These traditional dishes include onion soup, chevre chaud salade, creme caramel, creme brulee and profiteroles.

Facts about French food including Michelin star places

As a nation of food lovers, France has many restaurants. To help determine their quality, France has its Michelin guide - eating at Isle sur la Sorgue's one Michelin star restaurant, Le Vivier, we can attest to its rating system. More French food facts at:

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