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July 2012 newsletter



In this newsletter, we share with you information about Napoleon, Bastille Day and French
history generally; have a special on Sharon's reprinted book; tell you about a French food
and travel blog; give you new places for rent and sale in France plus informantion about
changing tax rules for French property; and, provide a recipe for strawberry millefeuille.

A la prochaine
Sharon et David

PS: to keep up to date in between newsletters with French activity follow us on facebook;
July posts include Le Tour de France vistas and new info about car/air travel in/to France.


Bastille Day - thoughts of France and Australia

While enjoying photos of the Bastille Day parade in Paris with my favourite tricolore exhaust jets after spending the day at Brisbane's French festival, my thoughts were not only of France but also our links with the country. This was prompted by my visit, in the days leading up to the French national day, to the Napoleon exhibition in Melbourne where I learned more about how close we came became to becoming 'Terre Francaise'.

We have links to both Napoleon and Louis XVI:

- Napoleon spent his later years in exile reading about the explorations to our land which also brought back plants for his former wife Josephine's garden at Malmaison near Paris.

- King Louis sent expeditions to our part of the world as seen in the painting (left) displayed at the Napoleon exhibition in which he points to the coast off WA to where he was sending La Perouse after whom he apparently continued to ask when he was imprisoned awaiting his beheading. La Perouse never returned from this trip.

Brisbane's French festival was held on Bastille Day and certainly the most was made of it. As well as our stall and many others, there was plenty of entertainment including a Napoleonic battle re-enactment, Sylvie Boisel singing many French songs including Edith Piaf's No Regrets and can can dancers plus plenty of fabulous French food.

Read the full article and see photos of the festival

Vive la revolution et France!    Sharon


New properties in France for sale and for rent

Villa Josephine is real old 'bretonne' property for sale - its backyard wall in fact is a remnant of a castle that one stood there. This original stone property is located in a stunning seaside town in Brittany close to Mont Saint Michel, St Malo and Dinan with public transport options to Paris. It has 2 bedrooms upstairs with views of the water and a third floor attic to convert as well as a sun room and courtyard. Living areas are downstairs. The house is ready to move into with gas central heating and is fully furnished. Parking down the side of the house for 2 cars. Price 169,000 euro:


Ever wanted to stay in a B&B chateau in France?
This beautifully appointed chateau, originally owned by Napoleon's chief marshal (Napoleon is believed to have stayed there a few times even!), is located on 10 acres of its own wood, between the Pyrenees ski fields and beach towns around Biarritz, right in the heart of the Jurançon vineyards and only 10 minutes from the centre of Pau (recent stopover town for the Tour de France). It has a heated outdoor pool and two luxurious lounge areas. Room prices range from $75 to $200 a night.
If you would like to stay here, email us.


When it comes to travelling or renting/buying French property at present, the strong Aussie dollar compared to the euro is of great benefit. It is currently at 84/85 cents, the highest point ever and tipped to go even further!

There are a couple of French tax changes owners need to be aware of - platine members (those who have been to a workshop or have our workbook) can go to their articles page to find out more:


Re-release of Sharon's book 'My French Desire'

Sharon has updated the finale in her book's latest reprint which is now available. In the book, she tells of her and David's early travels to France and all the hurdles they overcame to buy their place in France (which wasn't the first place they tried to purchase). Special, post Brisbane French festival (where the first re-prints were sold) price of 10% off for all members til the end of July: order here.

Aussie chef/writer blogs on French food/travel

Sally Hammond is a food writer/cook who travels with her photographer husband. In their website blog, they provide a degustation of travel, food and beautiful photos. While Sally writes about all the world, France has more articles than most places, not surprising being the most visited country in the world with the best food! Her French articles tell different tales like the donkeys in PJs on Ile de Re, wizards of fizz (champagne), weird and wacky Ardennes and marriage bed onion soup as well as general food and travel stories: 3 days in Provence, Seine answers, metro-mania. Sydney based Sally has written books on France too: Pardon my French and Just Enough French.

Read more on Sally Hammond and her blog site.

Recipe for French strawberry millefeuille

Millefeuille means 'thousands of sheets' in French, not that there are that many in these but a few with cream and strawberries in between:

Facts about French history including Napoleon

With Bastille Day just gone and the Napoleon exhibition on at the moment (is very good!), it might be timely to brush up on your knowledge of French history. As a test: do you know how many Napoleons have ruled France?

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